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Aberystwyth University

Childhood Studies

UCAS Code: X321

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

UCAS Tariff

96

Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Primary education

?In choosing Coleg Cambria’s foundation degree or degree in Childhood Studies (developed and accredited by Aberystwyth University) you will study a broad spectrum of childhood development topics that include the sociological, psychological and educational factors that influence the development of children. You will be taught by enthusiastic staff and cover a range of practical, theoretical, and professional disciplines that employers in this discipline demand. Your skills and abilities will be enhanced with regular exposure to team-work, communication skills, interpersonal, and time and work management opportunities.

The Childhood Studies programmes will equip you with the skills and expertise necessary for work in a range of child-related professions. It will push you to improve your legislative knowledge, your social awareness, your ability to work with others, and your academic excellence. These skills will fit you for any graduate workplace which values thorough research, critical analysis, interpersonal abilities, and fluent and confident communication and reporting.

The Childhood Studies programmes will draw you to the disciplines of psychology, sociology and education. As you study, you will consider the theoretical principles of the subject and evaluate them in the light of social history, contemporary legislation and the latest best practice. You will explore the social, emotional and cognitive development of children, and scrutinise the methods used for measuring child development.

Studying for a degree in Childhood Studies will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

- The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form

- Effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills

- The ability to work independently

- Time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines

- The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form

- Self-motivation and self-reliance

- Team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

- Research skills

- Careers Support

You will also have the opportunity to complete a personal portfolio. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time studying for your degree at Coleg Cambria. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, your portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

The Uni


Course locations:

Coleg Cambria Deeside Campus

Coleg Cambria Yale Campus

Department:

School of Education

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
high
Primary education

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
54%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£14,400
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Childcare and related personal services
25%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Primary education

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£11k

£11k

£16k

£16k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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