Moray House School of Education and Sport

Childhood Practice (BA)

The high-quality BA Childhood Practice part-time degree programme at the University of Edinburgh caters to those wishing to mix study with work.

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It has been designed to meet the Standard in Childhood Practice and students who successfully achieve the degree are able to apply for registration as a manager or lead practitioner with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

The programme will build on your previous work and study experience. You will carry out three years of part-time/evening study and have the opportunity to study in the following areas:

  • Education Studies (e.g. curriculum development, social justice and equity in education)
  • Children’s Health and Wellbeing (e.g. social determinants of child health, critical perspectives on child development and neuroscience, health and illness, health promotion, play)
  • Childhood and Family Social Policies (e.g. care, nurturing, play development, supporting parents and children, child and family legislation, child protection, child and family rights)
  • Management and Organisational Behaviour (e.g. professions and professionalism, organisational structures and cultures, managing change and conflict within organisations)
  • Childhood Studies (e.g. child psychology, disability studies, race and ethnicity studies, gender studies and the sociology of childhood). 

On the course, we discuss questions such as: How do you translate early learning and childcare policies into meaningful practice? Should children have the same rights as adults? How do we talk to young children about questions of social justice? How do you protect children in your workplace? How effective are services for children and their families? Are children's rights just a Western luxury?

Course Description 2019-20

I feel that I have been brought into a partnership with teaching staff in order to create relevant and current content for the BA Childhood Practice. Specific and useful feedback on my essays has enabled me to get straight As this semester. Staff on the programme practice what they preach regarding reflective practice. I have seen midterm feedback that I have given being addressed before the end of that term. I see lessons being learnt year on year and changes being made to the course so as to deliver the most beneficial and life-changing programme possible.

Iain Cameron, graduate 2017

Key values in the Early Years


Lecturer Dr Lynn McNair OBE talks about wisdom, justice, compassion, integrity and other key values in the Scottish Early Years. This talk was part of the Firecracker Festival 2018 which celebrated creative, disruptive and innovative practices in the Scottish public service.

Career opportunities

Graduates in Childhood Practice can register as lead professionals and managers in early learning and childcare to apply for promotion in their current workplace or can choose to train as a social worker, teacher or health promotion worker. You will build on your skills as a childcare practitioner, equipped with transferable skills for your future career choices. This degree also allows you to apply for further study at Masters level, for example on the MSc in Childhood Studies or MSc Education. 

Graduate Destination profiles

"... The good things about the programme are learning in more detail about things I already was aware of and understood and often used in my everyday work, building upon my own knowledge base and accessing reading material, listening to people who have researched both at home and abroad, and putting theory, practice, policy and law into a contemporary context."

How to Apply

This is a part-time, work-based programme. Applications are therefore not made through UCAS.  

Visit the University’s Degree Finder for detailed entry requirements, programme structure, the Assessment Criteria form and to apply.

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Please note that the application deadline is 31 March for entry in September of the same year. If applying after 31 March your application may be considered, but this is not guaranteed.

Contact us

For admissions enquiries, please contact:

Undergraduate Admissions Office

  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact details



The University of Edinburgh
57 George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9JU

For programme enquiries, contact the Programme Director:

Dr Marlies Kustatscher

Programme Director of BA Childhood Practice

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