The Childhood Studies (top-up) is a Level 6 work-based learning programme that builds on Level 5 work-based learning qualifications, for example the Foundation degree in Childhood Studies at Winchester.
Students broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of a range of issues pertaining to children aged 0-11 and their families - gaining an understanding of the ecology of childhood and building competencies to work within a range of complex practical settings.
Students compare and contrast policy, curricula and practice in the UK with those in other countries; examine recent research relating to childhood care and education; and develop research skills. Through these means, and through discussion of students' experience in their work settings, students are enabled to adopt a critical stance to current issues in the field.
Students continue their work in the sector alongside attending taught sessions at the University one day a week. The programme is designed to fit with work and family commitments and the delivery pattern links closely with local school terms - for example, the University sessions are not usually scheduled during school half-terms.
For specific course details go to BA (Hons) Childhood Studies