• LevelLevel 5
  • Duration2 years
  • Awarding body

    The Open University


Childhood studies is an exciting field drawing upon psychology, sociology and education theory. Early childhood experiences contribute to formative development and affect children for the rest of their lives.
The modern world presents a wide range of new and challenging experiences for children, including 24/7 access to media, cultural diversity, cyber-bullying and increasing class sizes. This course prepares students to enter a career working with infants and children – whether in education, health care or children’s services - and to make a positive contribution to formative years.

Successful students may choose to progress to the BA (Honours) Early Childhood Practice, a one-year top up programme also delivered at the College, to gain a full Honours Degree award.

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Course Information

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01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules offered may vary.

Year 1 core modules:

• Supporting Children's Development

• Learning Within Early Childhood

• Policy and Practice in the Early Years

• Continuous Professional Development Portfolio (WBL)

Year 2 core modules:

• International Perspectives in Early Years Education

• Research Practice in the Early Years

• Working Together to Protect Children

• Continuous Professional Development Portfolio (WBL)

September-July. Learning is face to face.

Entry requirements

  • You must be 18 years or over by 31 December in your first year of study.
  • You must have achieved 48 UCAS tariff points from a Level 3 qualification (including a relevant T Level qualification) or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • You must commit to gaining experience working in the early years sector and have access to 150 hours (as a minimum) working in an early years setting (paid or voluntary work).
  • You must also have a commitment to continuing professional development in the early years sector.
  • You will also have to attend an interview prior to joining the programme and complete a written answer of 300 words outlining why you want to study on the degree programme and complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check).
  • To apply to Level 5/year two, you must have 120 credits at Level 4 in a child care foundation degree or equivalent.
  • You must also have a commitment to continuing professional development in the early years sector and complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check).
  • You will be assessed through coursework which includes essays, reports, case studies, research reports and portfolio work.

    Gaining a degree in childhood studies enables career progression within all aspects of professional childcare.

    Fees payable directly to Middlesbrough College, £6,900 per year.

    If you would like to study a higher education course, financial support is available. Please click here for more information and see what support you could receive.

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    We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

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    If you are worried about the cost of higher education, it might help to know there are a range of financial support schemes available to help with course fees when studying at Middlesbrough College. Our Student Services department can offer advice and guidance when students apply for a loan or bursary.

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