Moray House School of Education

Childhood Practice (BA)

A high-quality part-time degree programme aimed at those wishing to mix study with work.

Three children playing outside

What is the BA in Childhood Practice?

The high-quality BA Childhood Practice part-time degree programme at the University of Edinburgh is aimed at those wishing to mix study with work. It has been designed to meet the new Standard in Childhood Practice and students who successfully achieve the BACP are able to apply for registration as a manager/lead practitioner with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

The programme will build on the students' previous work and study experience. Students carry out three years of part-time/evening study in order to gain a BA in Childhood Practice.

Students will 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?

Key values in 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.

How might a Childhood Practice degree benefit you?

It could help you to:

  • gain promotion in your present workplace
  • build on your skills as a child care practitioner
  • equip yourself with transferable skills for future career choices

It could equip you to:

  • apply for postgraduate initial training as a teacher, social worker or health promotion worker
  • progress to the MSc in Childhood Studies


"... 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."

I feel that I have been brought into a partnership with teaching staff in order to create relevant and current content for the BACP. Specific and useful feedback on my essays has enabled me to get straight As this semester. Staff on the BACP practice what they preach regarding reflective practice. I have seen mid term 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 BACP possible.


Entry requirements /Programme structure

Entry requirements and details of programme structure can be found on our 'degree finder' page.

Entry requirements / Programme structure


How to Apply

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

To Apply, refer to the Assessment Criteria and complete the following form: 

BA Childhood Practice Application Form

Should you require this form in another format, please contact the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science Admissions Office.


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.


Further information

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 further academic information, contact:

Dr Marlies Kustatscher

Programme Director: BA Childhood Practice

  • Moray House School of Education

Contact details



Moray House School of Education
The University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Campus
Edinburgh EH8 8AQ


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