COURSE INFORMATION

To apply for this course you must hold an HND in Childhood Practice or other Childcare based HND qualifications with Graded Unit at grade A or B.

(At SCQF Level 8, the HND is equivalent to year 2 of degree study)

The new BA (Hons) Childhood Studies degree programme, delivered in partnership with Queen Margaret University, is designed to provide a rigorous, academic area of study, enabling you to develop the necessary skills and understanding to progress in your career. You will graduate with the knowledge of the multi-disciplinary nature of working with young children and their families, as well as the importance of quality partnerships with parents and other agencies.

Central to the degree programme is an interdisciplinary approach, that is underpinned by engagement with social justice, and a focus on children’s rights, equality, and inclusive working with families and communities

Theory and practice are combined to ensure that you reflect appropriately on your experience and draw upon recent and relevant research to evaluate and drive towards improvement. 

Teaching and learning strategies are designed to facilitate your ability to understand and develop connections between theory and practice. This is achieved by:

  • Core placement components which immerse you in early years practice
  • Curriculum design and content that encourages the integration of theory and practice
  • High quality and regular contact between you and your tutors
  • Integrated study in which you share and reflect on theory and practice in informal ways during class time and formal ways during assignments
  • Assignments that support you in building your interpersonal skills through a combination of individual and group work.
  • Teamwork
  • Collaborative skills
  • Time management
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication skills
  • Confidence
  • Adaptability
  • Resilience
  • One year BA: Childhood Studies
  • Two years for BA (Hons): Childhood Studies
  • Full-Time

Some of the units you will study include:

SCQF Level 9 study

  • Early Years Placement
  • The Pedagogy of Play
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Supporting Children and Families
  • Supporting Literacy and Numeracy in Early Childhood
  • Research Methods

SCQF Level 10 study

  • Early Years Placement
  • International Perspectives of Early Years Learning
  • Supporting the Wider Curriculum in Early Years
  • Promoting playful learning through observations
  • Meeting the needs of young children with additional support needs.

You will also be required to carry out a research project.

Modules will be delivered via workshops or seminars, with regular one-to-one contact with your tutors, as well as reflective group work with your fellow students. The workshop/seminar format will be complemented by key lectures, guest speakers, and self-directed enquiry. Alongside the core classroom-based modules, you will be required to undertake your own independent learning and develop your confidence as future practitioners.

Placements will be a key component of this course and will be undertaken in Semester 1 of each year, in a ‘block’ of 4 weeks.

  • To apply for this course you must hold an HND in Childhood Practice or other Childcare based HND qualifications with Graded Unit at grade A or B.
  • You should have a minimum of 240 SCQF credit points.
  • On submission of SCQF Credit Points gained to date (usually provided at the time of SQA certification) the academic team will advise best progression route for studies 
  • You should also have previous and extensive experience of working or work placement in an educational setting.
  • An Enhanced Disclosure Application will be required to complete the mandatory work placement element - this will be carried out by the College for successful applicants.
  • PGDE in Primary or Secondary Education.
  • Practitioner in Early Learning and Childcare.
  • Students are required to purchase stationery and textbooks at an approximate total value of £250 and have access to the internet and ICT equipment to complete online study using Microsoft packages.
  • Students can contact Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) to find out about help with fees.

  Online application form.