5 facts about the Childhood Development degree

Childhood-Development open day highlights

1. How is this course different from other psychology courses?

The Childhood Development degree specifically focuses on the key stages of development throughout childhood, moving beyond early years (0-8 years), through late childhood and into adolescents (eight to 18 years of age). It takes a joint approach combining psychology and education modules to ensure students gain a broad understanding of how different perspectives view childhood and adolescence and how this influences policy and practice development. 

2. What will I study?

In your first year you will explore the roles and responsibilities of educators, be introduced to the principles of applied behaviour analysis and explore psychological theories of development in both childhood and adolescence.

In your second year you will focus on specific areas such as the role of play for learning, the development and implementation of the principles of Safeguarding children and young people as well as exploring developmental psychological theories. During your second year you will also choose whether to complete a module that extends your understanding of applied behaviour analysis or a module that critically considers issues in education such as inclusive practice.

Your third year will include a research project and you choice from a variety of other optional modules.

3. Tell us about the placements

Each year you will undertake placement hours in a setting that supports children or adolescents across a range of contexts, for example in social care settings, charities, schools or the university’s Applied Behaviour Analysis clinic. This will ensure that you are able to apply the theory of childhood and adolescent development to practice, in addition to having opportunities to build upon and refine transferable skills for employment.

Placement opportunities are embedded in each year of study and additional professional qualifications are offered to support employability, such as Safeguarding Children Level 1.

4. How will I be assessed?

Assessments take a variety of formats such as: written assignments; poster presentations; observation portfolios; story sacks; multiple-choice class tests and article reviews.

5. What careers can I go into with this Childhood Development degree?

There are several professional qualifications that you could study for after your Childhood Development degree, for example:

There are also a number of job opportunities within the following employment sectors that this Childhood Development degree will help prepare you for, for example:

  • Play and youth work
  • Charitable organisations
  • Education
  • Social care