Study the broadest concepts of childhood in this practical degree.
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above.
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above.
Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D.
And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.
This course is available for 2021 entry. It is not available for 2020 entry.
Applicants with other qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis.
UCAS points 96
UCAS code X32A
Duration Three years full-time or six years part-timeHow to apply for this course
This course is designed for those who are interested in the broadest understanding of childhood. Childhood Practice is the ideal stepping stone before studying for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Social Work or Youth Work. This flexible course can be attended on either a full or part-time (up to six years) basis, to fit in with your other commitments.
You’ll understand the steps children take on their learning and developmental journey, and learn how to support them along the way. Studies focus on specific elements such as how children develop language and an introduction to psychology, as well as a broader understanding of educational policy and practice theory. You’ll take part in work-based learning with placement opportunities, during which you’ll be encouraged to be critically reflective of your own work, as well as observing the practice of other professionals.
Join a university with a longstanding history of creating exceptional educators.
Experiment with different styles of working with children in a variety of formal and informal settings.
A variety of placements give you the experience and confidence needed to succeed in postgraduate training.
Take time to practise for your QTS skills tests if your aim is to be a teacher.
At no stage will you be assessed in practice, giving you total freedom to explore your vocation.
Get practical experience via three work placements.
“I’m enjoying engaging with others in similar fields of work and discussing topics with people who feel as passionately as I do. I’m learning from different tutors about a range of aspects within the field of Early Years. I’m deepening my understanding of the importance of critical thinking and this course has enabled me to have more belief in my own approach to Early Years. It’s been an extremely rewarding experience, supporting me to grow personally as well as professionally.”
“I love being part of insightful discussions and enjoy meeting fellow students from different settings. The tutors have been really supportive. The course has really helped my confidence, I always wanted to do my degree but didn’t feel clever enough to do it. Now I’ve learnt the theories behind the job that I love and I’ve got the confidence to apply the skills in my working life. I have really enjoyed my three years at Marjon and feel like I have grown, both as a professional and as a person.”
“I am loving the variety of learning relating to child development. I feel much more knowledgeable, with a deeper understanding of theory and how childhood has been shaped by history. I want to become an Early Years Practitioner, eventually owning my own Nursery. With support from lecturers and my development tutor I’m exploring particular areas that I am interested in going into. With each week, and the placement opportunities, I’m developing in confidence as an aspiring practitioner.”
How do children develop? Which skills do they learn first?
Why do some learn faster than others, and at what stage do we need to intervene?
How does our knowledge of psychology affect the way we should work with children?
How do childhoods differ around the world? What can we learn from how other cultures treat children, socially and politically?
How might you support a child with a mental health condition?
Do young children develop better in nursery or at home?
Move on to early years or primary teaching through a postgraduate qualification (usually PG Diploma with EYITT, PGCE or School Direct). Other opportunities include community education, integrated services, children’s workforce professionals, care services and social work. The inclusion of psychology modules enables students to progress to postgraduate psychology courses should they wish to move into child psychology at a later date.
“ We start with a look at childhood and how children see the world before learning about children’s developmental stages and how some children develop at different rates. In your second year you will learn how childhood can be different around the world, study how education and politics mix and undertake a work placement. In your third year, you learn how to support young people and families dealing with difficult circumstances, work on the values that will develop you into a principled professional and complete your dissertation.”
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum
Takes place through lectures, seminars, workshops, visits to local settings and masterclasses.
Through a variety of tasks including poster presentations, the making of artefacts, essays and blogs.
Jayne teaches Child Development and Early Years Initial Teacher Training, and can draw on her previous experience as both an Early Years Teacher and a Pre-School Manager.View full profile
Programme leadView profile
Hazel is a chartered member and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a senior fellow of the HEA. She teaches psychology, mental health and wellbeing and neuropsychology. Her research focuses on identity, student engagement and hidden disabilities.
Senior LecturerView profile
Jan was previously a primary head teacher in the South West and she now leads a teaching team at Marjon who together draw on decades of classroom experience and wide-ranging research specialisms to deliver Education courses.
Lecturer in EducationView profile
Hannah is a former SureStart Children's Centre Manager, Nursery Manager and Early Years Professional, assessor and mentor. She is particularly interested in Early Years, Play, Inclusion and Leadership.
You'll have opportunities to work in our partner settings as part of your modules and on placement experiences. This will give you the necessary experience for later application for EYTS, School Direct or PGCE. You do not need to have QTS Skills Tests for this course, however; you will need to achieve these prior to starting EYTS, School Direct or PGCE.