This course allows you to build upon your experience and qualifications within the area of Childhood Studies. This program, includes a dissertation on a specialised topic and leads to achieving an Honours degree.
It is anticipated that most students on the programme will be working in practice and the programme is structured and timetabled to allow ease of access for those working either FT or PT alongside personal and professional commitments.
This qualification puts the student in a unique position to gain both undergraduate level knowledge and understanding together with consolidating employability skills. This facilitates the student best meet the Welsh Government’s requirement for a graduate workforce and therefore enhances their level of employability. Completion of this course may also allow students to progress onto further professional or postgraduate study.
For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact and 70% independent student learning.
The course consists of the following modules:
Additional Learning Needs: Theories and Debates (20 credits compulsory)
This module aims to develop student’s knowledge and understanding of the following key issues: Aetiology of Additional Learning Needs (ALN), theoretical perspectives of ALN and their potential impact upon educational provision. This module will further examine aetiology and theories of ALN, drawing upon the implementation of legislative changes. (Essay 50%, Oral Reflection 50%)
Arts in Education (10 credits compulsory)
This module aims to consider how children learn through creative contexts, drawing upon contemporary approaches and major theories relating to the nature and purpose of the arts. An examination of arts based approaches within a student's own curriculum delivery and the value of arts in education will be explored throughout. (Creative Piece or Resource and Supporting Essay 100%)
Children, Families and Communities (20 credits compulsory)
This module will explore the proverb ‘it takes a whole village to raise a child’ understanding the notion of community based support, learning and development in practice. It will explore the multiple adversities families may face which surround childhood and family structures. Moving on to focus on how ‘village’ principles can be applied in practice. (Case Study 70%, Group Community Project Proposal 30%)
Critical Debates in Childhood (20 credits compulsory)
This module will explore ideas about childhood and child development whilst presenting opportunities to analyse and investigate new and emerging debates and ideas around children and young people in relation to key issues such as social policy, media, health and wellbeing, politics, professional practice and education. (Poster Presentation 40%, Essay 60%)
Employability and Practitioner Development (10 credits compulsory)
This module synthesises skills from previous and current learning, and prepares the student for career development and postgraduate study. Students will be supported to work independently towards identifying potential opportunities in the chosen job sector, and prepare a CV and related content, prior to participating in a mock interview. (Portfolio 100%)
Final Year Research Project - Dissertation (40 credits compulsory)
This module follows on from the level 5 Research Methods module to support students in developing their research knowledge and skills. This module prepares and supports students to undertake an extended piece of independent writing around a topic of their choice related to their area of professional practice supported by an experienced supervisor.
It will allow students to demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge in a particular subject area of professional interest. The dissertation will be a mark of the student’s overall academic ability. Students can either engage in primary or secondary research and will be supervised and guided. (Poster presentation 25%, Research dissertation 75%)
- Leadership and Management
- Play therapist
- Family Support Worker
- Learning Mentor
- Primary School Teacher
- Secondary School Teacher
- Special Educational Needs Teacher
- Social Worker
- Teaching Assistant
- Youth Worker
- Child Psychotherapist
- Children's Nurse
- Community Development Worker
- Educational Psychologist
- Speech and Language Therapist
- Nursery Worker