The importance that society places on ‘childhood’ makes it a rewarding and topical area for academic study and can lead to a broad range of careers. We draw on different disciplines to explore academic perspectives, including sociology, psychology, social policy, health, education, politics and cultural studies. The programme builds on the University’s established history of delivering degrees in this field and its continuing place on the national stage as a leading provider of such programmes. As a graduate, you will be able to work with families and children of all ages through various career paths, including education and welfare roles in statutory, private and voluntary sectors, and teaching at primary school level. There are few subjects that have more personal relevance. Yet childhood is recognised as a critical construct of contemporary societies that simultaneously threatens and reinforces social cohesion. The course equips you with the knowledge and skills to work critically and effectively in the many domains in which children live their everyday lives and with the multiple services that seek to support them.