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Childhood Practice, BA

Childhood Practice, BA

Course Overview



This is a work-based programme validated by the Scottish Social Services Council for registration as a manager and is designed to meet the needs of a range of individuals involved in working with children. It is offered as a part-time, on-line distance learning programme and is based on course elements detailed in the benchmark statements provided by QAA Education Studies, SCQF and the Standard for Childhood Practice. The degree has been designed to promote and encourage the use of workplace based activities as the basis for academic study. Due to its flexibility, it provides a route into degree level studies for participants from non-traditional backgrounds.

LEARNING MODE Online Learning
DURATION 72 months
What You'll Study

Degree Content


At each level, the programme is structured into a study of four key areas, relevant to all childhood practice settings:

  • The child in the sociocultural context
  • Child development and learning
  • The developing professional
  • Personal research and enquiry
How You'll Study

The programme is studied by distance learning with materials available online. This will be supported by work-based practice on the part of the student.

  • Students are supported by personal tutors with whom they can maintain contact by email, phone or by an arranged visit to the university.
  • Students are actively encouraged to work collaboratively in small cohorts with other students studying the same unit
  • Invitation to unit induction and network sessions on campus

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Childhood Practice?
  • BA Childhood Practice is offered as an online distance learning programme
  • The programme improves critical reflection on practise and comes from high quality research and teaching
  • The School of Education focuses on Communities, Partnerships, Professional Learning, Teacher Education,  Pedagogy and Innovation which is interdisciplinary
  • The programme is designed to work with children from 0-16, nursery and out of school care



There are many opportunities at the Northampton University to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.


The University Careers Service aims to inspire and support your career success through collaboration, innovation and professionalism. We provide our students and recent graduates with the advice and information they need for effective career planning and skill development along with opportunities for networking and connecting with employers. 

Entry requirements


Prospective BACP students will be required to evidence characteristics consistent with the following:

  • HNC Childhood Practice
  • Employment in a relevant setting for a minimum of 12.5 hours per week
  • The ability to engage in online learning and have effective word-processing, email and web search skills
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Northampton University it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:


IELTS Academic:

OVERALL – 6.0 with: Listening – 5.5; Reading – 5.5; Speaking – 5.5; Writing – 6.0


OVERALL – 78 with: Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing – 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL – 54 with: Listening – 51; Reading – 51; Speaking – 51; Writing – 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL – 169 with: Listening – 162; Reading – 162; Speaking – 162; Writing – 169

How to apply


This programm by online learning has start dates in September and January of each academic year. 

We recommend that you apply as early as possible; this is particularly important for applicants who may need to allow sufficient time to take an English language test


Documentation required

Applications are made online via the University Application Service, EUCLID.

Please follow the instructions carefully and make sure that you have included the following documentation with your application:

  • Degree certificates showing award of degree.
  • Previous academic transcripts for all past degree programmes.
  • A reference in support or your application. The reference should be academic and dated no earlier than one year from the start of study on the LLM programme.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if required.

If you are currently studying for your degree or you are not in a possession of an English test result you may still apply to the programme. Please note that it is your responsibility to submit the necessary documents.

After you apply

After your application has been submitted you will be able to track its progress through the University’s applicant hub.

Application processing times will vary however the admissions team will endeavour to process your application within four to six weeks of submission. Please note that missing documentation will delay the application process.

You will be informed as soon as possible of the decision taken. Three outcomes are possible:

  • You may be offered a place unconditionally
  • You may be offered a conditional place, which means that you must fulfil certain conditions that will be specified in the offer letter. Where a conditional offer is made, it is your responsibility to inform the College Postgraduate Office when you have fulfilled the requirements set out.
  • Your application may be unsuccessful. If your application has not been successful, you can request feedback from us or refer to our guidance for unsuccessful applicants, which explains some of the common reasons we why we reach this decision.
    View the University’s guidance for unsuccessful applicants
Terms and conditions of admissions
  • The University’s terms and conditions form part of your contract with the University, and you should read them, and our data protection policy, carefully before applying.

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