BSc Childhood Studies (L520)

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UCAS code L520
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Part-time study 6 year(s) part-time
Part-time study over six years with daytime weekday teaching.
Number of applications for 2014/15 151
Number of places for 2016/17 34
Intercalation This course is available for intercalation

About BSc Childhood Studies

The Childhood Studies degree at Bristol provides a truly interdisciplinary approach to the study of children and young people's lives, from birth to 19 years of age. Within a framework of children’s rights, it explores children's participation, their protection, and the provision of services for children nationally and internationally. Building on a solid understanding of social and historical constructions of childhood developed in your first year, optional units in the second and third year allow you to pursue different routes through the degree, depending on your personal interests and potential career choices. These units include Child and Adolescent Psychology; Language and Literacy; Youth Justice; Education and Society; Family Support; Youth, Sexualities and Gendered Violence; and Child Health and Disability.

You will benefit from the expertise of internationally renowned lecturers and researchers from a wide range of related disciplines, including sociology, psychology, history, law, geography, social work and economics.

More about Childhood Studies

Find out more about studying Childhood Studies at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Children in Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • Introduction to Psychology for Childhood Studies
  • Education, Diversity and Schooling
  • Two optional units from, for example:
    • Sociology
    • Social Policy
    • or other units within the faculty or wider University

Second year

  • Child Health in the Early Years
  • Social Research Methods
  • Four optional units, for example:
    • Family Support
    • Play and Creativity
    • Child and Adolescent Psychology
    • Youth, Sexualities and Gendered Violence
    • Therapeutic Work with Children
    • Youth Welfare and Social Policy
    • Education and Society
    • Youth Policy and Social Welfare

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Four optional units, for example:
    • Language and Literacy
    • Children and Young People in the Law
    • Interprofessional Working
    • Children in a Global Context
    • Youth Justice
    • Researching with Children and Families
    • Disability Studies
Further details about the course structure for Childhood Studies

Typical offer for BSc Childhood Studies

(including international A-levels)
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
IB Diploma 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher level
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
31 overall to include 15 points at Higher level
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, including subjects relevant to the course such as Psychology, Sociology and Social Policy
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB77% overall
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:grade C in Mathematics and English.

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