BSc Childhood Studies (L520)

2017 entry

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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
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study 6 year(s) part-time
Part-time study over six years with daytime weekday teaching.
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 33 overall for all Childhood Studies courses
Intercalation This course is available for intercalation

About BSc Childhood Studies

The Childhood Studies course 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.

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

  • Constructing Childhoods
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Contemporary Debates in Global Childhood
  • Research Skills for Childhood Studies
  • plus two open units

Second year

  • Child Health in the Early Years
  • Social Research Methods
  • You can choose from a wide range of options, which we vary from time to time according to current developments in global environmental, political and social issues. For example, in the 2015/16 academic year we offered units in:
      • Family Support
      • Play and Creativity
      • Child and Adolescent Psychology
      • Youth, Sexualities and Gendered Violence
      • Youth Welfare and Social Policy
      • Education and Society
      • Youth Policy and Social Welfare
      • Youth Justice

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • You can choose from a wide range of options, which we vary from time to time according to current developments in global environmental, political and social issues. For example, in the 2015/16 academic year we offered units in:
      • Language and Literacy in Young Children
      • Children and Young People in the Law
      • Interprofessional Working in Children's Services
      • Therapeutic Work with Children
      • Children in a Global Context
      • Child Nutrition, Activity and Health
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. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.

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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649

Enquiries about part-time applications should be directed to:
Phone: +44 (0)117 954 5598

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  • 12 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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