Intercalate in Childhood Studies

Childhood studies is the social science of childhood and adolescence. This course explores the social factors that underpin many key aspects of childhood, including health and development.

Intercalating onto the BSc Childhood Studies will benefit students who are considering a career working with children and young people or their families, those who are interested in developing an holistic approach to their future practice, or those who want to develop their academic knowledge and skills within an interdisciplinary, research-led subject. Many of our intercalator students have gone on to become paediatricians.

By joining final year students you will explore this subject with internationally recognised academics whose work is focused on children and families, developing your understanding of childhood from diverse perspectives, including psychology, sociology, education, policy studies, law, and health and social care. You will become an active researcher through research projects and your dissertation or guided study project, fostering highly sought after skills that will equip you for a wide range of careers.

What will I study?

You will complete an independent guided study project and five taught units, selected from a wide range of unit options, across Childhood Studies. These currently include:

  • Children in a global context
  • Therapeutic work with children
  • Children and young people in the law
  • Children and social harm
  • Disability in society
  • Child nutrition, activity, and health
  • Quantitative data analysis for social scientists
  • Child and adolescent psychology*
  • Youth, sexualities and gendered violence*
  • Youth justice*

*Only one of these units can be chosen.

I have always been interested in working with children in the future and find the childhood stage of development fascinating. The opportunity to study in a less prescribed manner, with flexibility to direct my reading into new areas of interest and build my discussion and essay-writing skills has been a great way of learning.

Nina, Intercalating student, 2015

For more information

To find out about applying, our accommodation guarantee, and contact details please visit this webpage.

The Childhood Studies BSc is one of the best career decisions I have made as an aspiring paediatrician. It's offered me a unique insight into the lives of children outside of medicine. The knowledge I gained regarding child psychology will also be invaluable as it has offered a theoretical framework to mental health management. Modules covering policy development were also very useful, particularly from a public health standpoint, as key issues such as FGM and childhood obesity were covered. I also found the assessments varied and offered me a chance to improve my essay writing and develop skills including formulating a management plan for a child with mental health and writing a policy brief. The modules were engaging and the tutors have been very inspiring, I could not recommend this BSc more.

2020 Graduate
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