5 facts about the Childhood Development degree

Childhood-Development open day highlights

1. How is this course different from other psychology courses?

The Childhood Development degree specifically focuses on the key stages of development throughout childhood, moving beyond early years (0-8 years), through late childhood and into adolescents (eight to 18 years of age). It takes a joint approach combining psychology and education modules to ensure students gain a broad understanding of how different perspectives view childhood and adolescence and how this influences policy and practice development. 

2. What will I study?

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.

3. Tell us about the placements

Each year you will undertake placement hours in a setting that supports children or adolescents across a range of contexts, for example in social care settings, charities, schools or the university’s Applied Behaviour Analysis clinic. This will ensure that you are able to apply the theory of childhood and adolescent development to practice, in addition to having opportunities to build upon and refine transferable skills for employment.

Placement opportunities are embedded in each year of study and additional professional qualifications are offered to support employability, such as Safeguarding Children Level 1.

4. How will I be assessed?

Assessments take a variety of formats such as: written assignments; poster presentations; observation portfolios; story sacks; multiple-choice class tests and article reviews.

5. What careers can I go into with this Childhood Development degree?

There are several professional qualifications that you could study for after your Childhood Development degree, for example:

There are also a number of job opportunities within the following employment sectors that this Childhood Development degree will help prepare you for, for example:

  • Play and youth work
  • Charitable organisations
  • Education
  • Social care