Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Childhood Studies

Study issues that affect children and families. You’ll develop the knowledge you’ll need to work for their benefit as you explore health, play and social influences.

Childhood Studies

Course Overview

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  • Main location

    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    16 Sep 2024

This exciting course will prepare you for a range of diverse careers that benefit children and families. You’ll gain deep knowledge and understanding of the issues that affect them.

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Gain a whole-child perspective, from pre-birth to adulthood
  • Prepare for a career that involves working with children and families, from teaching through to community work
  • Undertake innovative, child and family-focused professional placements, in settings such as schools, social care or early years 
  • Develop a deep understanding of influences upon children and families
  • Consider childhood and children's lives from different perspectives
  • Examine the experiences of children in different national and global contexts 

Your course structure

This course is structured around four strands:

  • The Sociology & Social Policy strand examines the relationship between the child, family, community and state
  • The Psychology & Development strand investigates the various influences upon child development
  • The Contemporary Debates in Childhood strand explores current issues relevant to children and families including children's rights, childhood research, and moral dilemmas
  • The Critical Reflection strand will develop and grow your research skills and expertise to an honours graduate level and enable you to plan your career

Breadth of learning

Our staff come from a variety of professional backgrounds, adding depth and breadth to your learning. You’ll be encouraged to undertake research projects with your colleagues and to individually explore the factors that influence and impact upon children and their families. 


Professional placements in each year will help you select and focus upon your career destination.


Why study Childhood Studies at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. 94% of students on BA (Hons) Childhood Studies were positive about the way teaching staff explain things*
  2. Engage with real-life projects
  3. Practice-based learning offered through placements of your choice  
  4. Develop research skills and become an active researcher
  5. Guest lectures delivered by innovative professionals from the children, young people, family and school workforce 
  6. Tailor your pathway and your learning and experiences towards your career choice

*National Student Survey 2023