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BA Childhood Studies

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year students should have provided evidence of being able to:

1. demonstrate a familiarity with the basic concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of the discipline;

2. use basic generic and subject specific intellectual qualities i.e. :

- be able to communicate the results of their work;

- present a structured and coherent simple argument;

- be able to interpret and evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of the discipline;

- evaluate qualitative and/or quantitative data;

3. demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem solving associated with the discipline;

4. appreciate their strengths and weaknesses as learners;

5. demonstrate an awareness of professional and disciplinary boundaries;

Skills Learning Outcomes
Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

Creativity: The ability to develop innovative and purposeful ideas and approaches and to respond flexibly to a range of contexts.

Collaboration: The ability to work effectively and build positive relationships with others contributing to shared aims.

Academic skills: The ability to successfully work at the university level. This includes the ability to reflect on your learning, to deliver effective presentations, to search for and use relevant information, to use oral and written language appropriately, to reference sources correctly and follow the ethical and academic integrity guidelines.

Digital skills: The ability to use digital tools and resources to produce and adapt content for different purposes and be able to communicate constructively and professionally in online environments.

Communication: The ability to be clear, concise, focused and respectful, communicating constructively and professionally in both online and offline environments.

Critical thinking: The ability to evaluate, analyse and synthesise information and use evidence and theories to help you form your own arguments and ideas.

Analysing complex systems: The ability to understand the interrelationships between political, economic, cultural and ideological contexts, locally, nationally and globally, in the lives of children and their families and communities. This also includes the ability to reflect upon multidisciplinary perspectives, including psychological, sociological, philosophical and educational perspectives and consider how these underpin different understandings and approaches to childhood.

Valuing children’s voices: The ability to recognise children’s agency, seek out children and young people’s perspectives, and act as an advocate for them. This also includes recognising and reflecting upon the ethics of studying the lives of children and young people, and challenging inequalities in society.

Self-management: The ability to manage your behaviours, thoughts, and emotions in a conscious and productive way, knowing what to do and how to act in different situations and understanding your personal responsibility in different aspects of your life.


A variety of assessment approaches are used so that the diverse skills and experiences of students are recognised and acknowledged. Assessments provide students with the opportunity to focus on areas of interest enabling them to develop expertise relevant to future practice in their chosen careers.

Achievement will be assessed in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

- demonstrating the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline;

- work that covers a restricted area of the discipline;

- demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies;


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