Undergraduate study - 2019 entry

BA Childhood Practice

UCAS code: Not applicable

Duration: 3 years

Delivery: Part-time

School: Education, The Moray House School of

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Introducing BA Childhood Practice

This programme prepares you for a management role within the childcare sector. It examines issues of childhood, including education studies, health education, child/family development and social policy.

Leadership, management and professionalism also feature prominently. You will develop communication and management skills and learn about organisational development and inter-agency working.

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 and Children in the Family which will enable you to evaluate your own role in a childcare setting.

Year 3

You will take Childhood Studies Work-Based Learning 2: Organisational Development, Children's Education and Social Justice and Children's Health and Wellbeing.

Year 4

You will study Integrated Working in Children's Services and Children's Rights and 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 (2018/19)

Our facilities

Most of the teaching will take place at Moray House School of Education, located at the Holyrood Campus within the University's Central Area.

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

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, independent small-group activity and the use of e-learning and virtual learning environments.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of methods including essays, reports, posters and student presentations. You will have an opportunity to collaborate with your peers and work independently.

All your assignments will encourage reflexivity and will be based on applying what you learn at university into your daily practice in your work setting.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from 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 details (2019/20)

Graduates in Childhood Practice can register as childcare managers to apply for promotion in their current workplace or can choose to train as a social worker, teacher or health promotion worker.

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

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements


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

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.

Application forms are available from the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science Admissions Office.

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It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

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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