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BA (Hons) Professional Development (Childhood Studies)

Level 6
Course Code:
HET108 / CLX2
Mid Devon Campus
One year, full-time; Two years, part-time.

The combined FdA Early Childhood Studies and BA (Hons) in Professional Development (Childhood Studies) is intended to provide a comprehensive knowledge of children's development and the provision of innovative practice to support your learning.

Plymouth SSTAR Awards - Faculty Winners: 'Innovative Teaching' and 'Outstanding Personal Tutor' 2015-2018. A range of modules in contemporary specialisms allow you to top-up your Early Childhood, Teaching, or Early Years Foundation Degree to a full BA (Hons) qualification.


This is a 'top-up' year and those students without a relevant Foundation Degree should first look at the FdA Early Childhood Studies, Teaching and Learning, or Early Years Practice.

Students on the BA (Hons) Professional Development (Childhood Studies) have the opportunity to focus their research and writing on areas of personal and professional interest across a number of challenging, modern, and innovative modules. `Exploring Children's Narratives' allows learners to think deeply about the spaces occupied by children: whether that be globally, in Education, physical or outdoor space, or the space they occupy in society. `Challenging Contemporary Concepts' addresses an ever-changing array of topics that influence childhood and education, with topics this year including the notion of a `Toxic Childhood', screen time, the notion of gender, and the role of television, advertising, and the online world, and literature.

Alongside a Dissertation and two other modules focusing on Globalisation and Professional Practice, this course offers a diverse and engaging top-up to a range of Foundation Degrees and is designed around five areas of importance for the sector and for those working with children. These are developmental psychology, sociology, research, social policy and welfare.
There are no exams, students are assessed through a variety of innovative and interesting modes relevant to the topics and themes studied.
For application to this final level of study - the 'top up' year for the BA (Hons) Professional Development - students need to have completed the FdA Early Childhood Studies, Teaching and Learning, Early Years Practice, or a close equivalent.

Whilst having a GCSE at grade 5/4 or above in Maths, English and a Science is not necessarily a requirement of entry onto the Foundation Degree, it should be noted that without these qualifications you may not be eligible to proceed to post-graduate and teacher training study, or count towards allowable ratios in your Early Years classroom or nursery setting. Further information can be obtained here:

Petroc offers a range of options for learners to study towards GCSEs, some of which may be appropriate alongside degree study.
At present, this programme is the highest level qualification offered by Petroc; however, students who gain this qualification will be entitled, and encouraged, to enrol on post-graduate programmes such as MA, MBA and PhD study at a range of UK universities.
Students need only the means to take notes (notepad, pen, mobile device such as tablet/laptop) and a USB/memory stick.
Potentially transport to some local trips, the printing of academic poster(s) or creation of artefacts.
Please contact the HE Team on 01271 852335 for more information.
Q: How much will this course cost?
A: For more information about course fees, please visit

Q: Do I need to be working with children?
A: Not necessarily - but you will need to be eligible to work with children (provide a DBS certificate or undertake one with support) and undertake work experience in a relevant field during the Foundation Degree. This could include your current job role, and can be discussed at interview.

Q: Will this qualify me to be a teacher?
A: Successful completion of your Honours degree may mean you are eligible for post-graduate teacher training in Early Years or primary via the PGCE, SCITT, or other teacher-training programmes. This is dependent on achievement and other experience and qualifications.

Q: Will this course qualify me to be a Nursery Nurse instead of the Level 3 qualification?
A: No, this is an academic degree and in order to be recognised in the ratios for your setting, you will probably still need the L3 qualification and potentially Maths/English GCSE results. Talk to one of the team about how you can address this if you do not already hold a childcare qualification and need one in addition to this degree.

Q: Will this degree qualify me to do social work or midwifery?
A: The Foundation Degree and full Honours degree can be a route into post-graduate study towards qualification as a social worker. Other nursing or midwifery qualifications do not take the same route, but this Foundation or Honours degree could lead to opportunities in related fields, depending on other qualifications and experience.

Q: Is there funding for this course?
A: For most people, yes. Student Finance can answer queries about tuition fee loans and grants and bursaries to pay for living expenses and childcare. If you need support with this, please contact our Admin office on 01271 852335.

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