+ **Course Snapshot** Our Childhood Studies degree, accredited by the University of Birmingham, will give you the academic knowledge to succeed in this constantly evolving and highly rewarding field of work. You will gain an in-depth understanding of children’s social, physical, emotional and intellectual needs – and lots of practical experience. + **Who’s the course for?** This course is perfect for students seeking to go into a diverse sector where careers include working as a primary school teacher, a nursery owner or manager, a social worker, or specialising in working with children with learning difficulties. + **Why should I study the course?** Childhood experiences shape our lives and you can play a key role in helping young people on a journey that can be challenging, surprising and enriching. Supported by our experts, you will get the opportunity to turn theory into practice during a variety of work placements, including nurseries, schools and special schools. + **Great. Tell me some more** You will learn about the key characteristics of childhood and how to meet the needs of young children. This will include researching ways to help children develop and grow by creating new learning opportunities such as play-based learning. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the wider issues surrounding childhood development, such as social trends and the impact of legislation. With our help, you will be encouraged to develop a specialism that relates to your future career plan by choosing from a wide range of optional modules. For your final project, you can research a topic that is relevant to your personal interests or future employment. If you do not hold a full and relevant Level 3 Early Years qualification, you will be assessed in the workplace in order to achieve Practitioner Status. + **Do I need to buy any equipment?** Students enrolling on this course will be subject to screening (the procedure will be initiated by UCB). All students will be required to pay £44 for a DBS check in advance of enrolment. + **What skills will I gain?** You will learn about the key characteristics of childhood, how to meet the developmental needs of young children and how to create new learning opportunities. You will develop skills for working with children and other professionals within the children’s workforce sector. You will also gain a comprehensive understanding of the wider strategic and philosophical issues and social trends in the childhood sector. + **What about the future?** The course will give you the confidence and skills to move into a wide range of areas in the children’s workforce, where there is strong demand for trained staff with practical skills and relevant experience. Our graduates have gone on to work in child-related organisations in education, welfare, leisure, advocacy and counselling. Many go on to further study to become teachers, nursery owners/managers, social workers and counsellors.