Undergraduate study - 2022 entry
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BA Childhood Practice

UCAS code: Not applicable

Duration: 3 years

Delivery: Part-time

School: Education and Sport, The Moray House School of

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


Introducing BA Childhood Practice

This programme prepares you for a management role within the early childhood learning and care sector.

You will examine issues of:

  • childhood, including childhood studies
  • health and wellbeing
  • child development
  • education
  • family sociology
  • childhood policy and rights

We support you to:

  • build your knowledge of leadership, management and professionalism
  • develop communication and management skills
  • learn about organisational development and inter-agency working

This programme is work-based and does not involve placements. You will need to be working with children and families while taking the degree.


The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has accredited this programme. Graduates are eligible to register with the SSSC as a lead practitioner/manager.

This work-based programme is for students with 120 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Credits at level 7/8, or equivalent, working in a relevant childcare environment.

You enter directly into Year 2.

Year 2

You will study:

  • Children and Childhoods
  • Childhood Studies Work-Based Learning 1: Professional Development
  • Children in the Family, which will enable you to evaluate your own role in a childcare setting

Year 3

You will study:

  • Childhood Studies Work-Based Learning 2: Organisational Development
  • Children's Education and Social Justice
  • Children's Health and Wellbeing

Year 4

You will study:

  • Integrated Working in Children's Services
  • Children's Rights

You will also carry out a Childhood Practice research project.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2021/22)

Our facilities

Most of your teaching will take place at Moray House School of Education and Sport. The School is part of the Holyrood Campus in the University's Central Area.

You will also have access to the University's libraries and computing facilities.


There are no placements, but you do need to be working with children and families while taking the degree.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a mix of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • independent small-group activity
  • digital learning environments

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of methods. These include:

  • essays
  • portfolios
  • student presentations

Our graduates go on to:

  • register as lead professionals and managers in early learning and care
  • apply for promotion in their current workplace
  • work in the voluntary and policy sectors
  • pursue further study, for example in teaching or social work

Applicants should have relevant qualifications that total 120 credits at Levels 7/8 and may include combinations of, for example, SVQ3, SVQ4, HNC and Professional Development Award (PDA).

Other awards may be considered.

Applicants are also expected to have at least two years' experience of working or volunteering within an early-years or childcare environment.


Admission to this degree includes an interview process. Further details on the process will be sent to candidates shortlisted for interview.

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.


For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components.

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

Protecting Vulnerable Groups

All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme before starting the programme. In addition, all applicants who don't live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.

Apply through the University

This is a part-time, work-based programme.

Applications are not made through UCAS; instead, please apply using the application form and following the Assessment Criteria guidance:

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

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BA Childhood Practice

Additional costs



For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding