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?

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

Entry requirements /Programme structure

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

Entry requirements / Programme structure

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.


Further information

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

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


MSc/Diploma in Childhood Studies

Exit routes for the BA Childhood Practice degree include advanced entry to the Masters in Childhood Studies and the opportunity to apply for entry to social work or teacher training.

The University also offers a MSc/Diploma in Childhood Studies at postgraduate level.

For academic information on the MSc/Diploma, contact:

Dr Kay Tisdall, Programme Director, School of Social & Political Studies, Tel: 0131 650 3930 or Email:

The MSc in Childhood Studies could lead you to a PhD in 3 years, having already completed your initial research training.

For MSc/Diploma in Childhood Studies admissions enquiries, contact:

The Graduate School of Social and Political Science, Postgraduate Admissions Team, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 3009/3064 or Email:

You can also obtain information about the postgraduate programme through the following link: