What influences development and why do children behave the way they do? On this Childhood Development degree, you’ll explore key issues in children’s development, learning and behaviour, from a range of perspectives.
You’ll learn about cognitive, biological, social, and emotional development throughout childhood and adolescence. You’ll recognise the complex influences that shape the lives of children and adolescents, including how play aﬀects children’s development and motivation.
A key element of the Childhood Development course is the opportunity to gain a short period of hands-on experience working with children and adolescents in a range of settings, including schools, child and family welfare charities, and youth justice.
You’ll be oﬀered clinical experience on campus and will have the opportunity to undertake short courses and work placements, as well as completing additional qualifications such as Safeguarding Children (Level 1).
The Childhood Development course offers students the unique opportunity to explore the psychological factors that influence development from birth to late adolescence. It addresses current psychological understandings of both childhood and adolescence and how these help to explain both typical and atypical development across this early but crucial part of the lifespan. The Childhood Development degree will also include an exploration of current key legislation and policy that influences and shapes practices when working with children and adolescents e.g. Safeguarding Legislation. Students on this course will both explore how professionals work with children and young people and critically review the role of psychological development in the development of such practices.
Year One: Childhood Development Degree
- Historical and Conceptual Issues of Childhood and Adolescence
- Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People
- The Development of Children and Young People
Year Two: Childhood Development Degree
- Researching Children and Young People
- Professional Practice and Employability
- Therapeutic Interventions with Children and Young People
- Children and Young People: Policy and Contemporary Practices
- Critical Perspectives of Childhood and Adolescent Development
Year Three: Childhood Development Degree
- Independent practical project
- Critical reflections on child and adolescent psychopathology
- Development in childhood and adolescence
Plus two options from the list below:
- The Psychology of Education and Work
- Health Psychology Across the Lifespan
- Practical Skills in Behaviour Analysis
The BSc (Hons) Childhood Development is also available as a four year course including an integrated Foundation Year in Social Sciences, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well-structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme.
The BSc (Hons) Childhood Development degree is delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops, individual / small group supervision and independent study. You will also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures given by academic staff from other institutions and professionals who work in different areas of practice.
You will complete a range of different class activities including group discussions, debates, case studies and in-class projects. You will experience a great range of delivery and assessment methods.
Our academic staff are involved in research, so you’ll be taught by staff at the forefront of their specialist fields.