University of the West of Scotland
Childhood Studies BA (Hons)
University of the West of Scotland

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Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 55 graduates of Childhood Studies BA (Hons) at University of the West of Scotland for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Childhood and Youth Studies.

Overall student satisfaction
67 /100
55 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates in Childhood and Youth Studies

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Childhood and Youth Studies at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £20000 £23500
25-75 percentile range £22000 - £28000 £14500 - £24000 £17000 - £29000


Salary of all UK Graduates of Childhood and Youth Studies

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21429 £18747 £21015
25-75 percentile range £17440 - £25832 £13419 - £24171 £14765 - £27520

Course Description

OVERVIEW

The BA (Hons) Childhood Studies is a top-up degree designed for holders of HNCs (or equivalent) and enables you to build a career in childhood services.

Throughout this course you will gain an understanding of the issues related to early childhood and services for children and families. You will learn about the values underpinning children’s services, and the importance of working in partnership with professionals from a range of disciplines. You will consider issues relating to management and leadership of early learning and childcare services.

To develop your practical knowledge, you’ll have the chance to complete two three-week blocks of work-based experience each year. In Year 3 you will have the option to complete placement in an international setting (currently available in Italy, Spain and Germany).

  • PRACTICAL FOCUS

This course is very practially-focused. Throughout the course, you will have the chance to apply your knowledge in a professional setting with blocks of work-based experience each year. In Year 2, you will complete one three-week block placement in Term 2; in years 3 and 4, you will complete two three-week placements, one each in Terms 1 and 2. Recent student placements were located in local authority establishments and private providers.

In addition, throughout your studies, we incorporate guest lectures from multi-agency professionals. These increase your understanding of broader aspects relating to work within the early years sector and enhance your academic studies.

  • CAREER PROSPECTS

Jobs

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies graduates have gained employment in integrated childcare services with children under five years, out-of-school care, and in project work offering support for children and their families in roles such as family support workers, early years practitioners, and NHS community nursery nurses.

Further Study

Further study towards Graduate Diploma in Childhood Practice qualifications, depending on experience, is possible. This enables registration with Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as Lead Practitioner/Manager.

Depending on additional qualifications that graduates from this course may have, you may also be eligible to apply for a range of postgraduate programmes, including Initial Teacher Education (Primary), Social Work and Psychology. Note that for Iniitial Teacher Training (PGDE) courses, and other courses, graduates at postgraduate level may need to demonstrate that they possess the equivalent of a pass in SQA Higher English snd Internmediate 2 Maths in addition to a degree in order to apply as this is a requirement from respective professional recognition bodies/institutes.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Childhood Studies BA (Hons) at University of the West of Scotland

25% Teaching Professionals
20% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
20% Administrative occupations
5% Business and Financial Project Management Professionals
5% Sales occupations
5% Business and public service associate professionals
0% Engineering professionals
0% Natural and social science professionals
0% Managers, directors and senior officials
0% Information Technology Professionals

Grading & Study Time

The course will be delivered using a blend of learning and teaching strategies. These include use of the UWS virtual learning environment (Moodle), Interactive Whiteboards, online tutor/student led discussions. Lectures, tutorials, student-led seminars, group-work, role-play, presentations, workshops, problem-based learning and work-related learning will be used to develop student learning. In the final year of study, (SCQF Level 10), the course will be delivered partially online utilising a blended learning format of class sessions, tutorials and online activities. Throughout the programme learning and assessment will have a work based focus.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Health and Social Care

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6

IELTS 60 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.

Cambridge English Advanced

176 overall with no sub-test less than 169

Cambridge English Proficiency

176 overall with no sub-test less than 169

Trinity ISE

ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

PTE Academic 54

An overall score of 54 with no element below 51

TOEFL (iBT) 78

no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

IELTS (Academic) 6

IELTS 60 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.

Cambridge English Advanced

176 overall with no sub-test less than 169

Cambridge English Proficiency

176 overall with no sub-test less than 169

Trinity ISE

ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

PTE Academic 54

An overall score of 54 with no element below 51

TOEFL (iBT) 78

no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

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Costs

Tuition Fees Childhood Studies BA (Hons)

Scotland £1820 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £15250 year 1
International £15250 year 1

Additional fee information

  • TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS:

Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS.

  • TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS:

Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years.

  • TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS:

These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details).

  • ADDITIONAL COSTS:

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory.

Check the course entry on our website for more more information

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2
  • year 3

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About University of the West of Scotland

Located in the Scottish town of Paisley, we find the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). This institution also owns and operates three other secondary campuses in Ayr, Blantyre and Dumfries. Paisley campus is attended by a medium-sized student population of roughly 10,000 and provides the opportunity to study a selection of programmes related to Nursing, Engineering, Social Sciences, Business, and Computing.

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Where is this programme taught

Dumfries Campus
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