BSc Childhood Studies with Study Abroad (L525)
A-level standard offer: ABB
A-level contextual offer: BBC
See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.
This course focuses on policy and the rights of children and young people from birth to 19 years, exploring contemporary debates within a global context. Our research-based teaching includes the expertise of lecturers from related disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, social work and law.
You will consider childhood in the contexts of families, peers and society at both a national and international level. Topics of study include children's rights, development, education, therapeutic work with children, safeguarding, youth justice, and child and adolescent psychology, among others.
In year three, you will study at one of our partner institutions overseas, where you can choose from social sciences, arts and humanities subjects. To find out more about studying abroad, visit Global Opportunities.
The interdisciplinary nature of this course makes it ideal for students from a range of different backgrounds who want to develop a holistic understanding of childhood. Our graduates go on to careers in areas as diverse as education, children’s therapy, social work, law and social justice, children's charities, government and the civil service.
Years one and two are identical to the three-year BSc Childhood Studies. In the first year you will develop a solid understanding of the social, psychological and historical constructions of childhood. In subsequent years you can choose optional units from a wide range of subjects, allowing you to pursue different routes through the degree to develop the career path that is right for you.
In year three you will be able to study overseas at one of our partner institutions gaining insight into social science debates in another country and exploring the culture of a new city, before returning to Bristol to complete your final year.
Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.Go to programme catalogue
We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.
A-level standard offer
A-level contextual offer
BBCFind out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
DDM in any Applied General BTEC National Level 3 Extended DiplomaFind out more about our BTEC entry requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma contextual offer
29 points overall with 14 at Higher LevelFind out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Advanced Higher: AB, and Standard Higher: AABBB
Access to HE Diploma
Access to HE Diploma in Education, Humanities, Social Science, Science, Law or Psychology (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include 15 credits at Distinction and 30 at Merit or above.
Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B and M3 is C.
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.Search international qualifications
Applicants must also meet these requirements
GCSE profile requirements
No specific subjects required
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in all skills
- GCSE English Language grade C or 4
- An alternative English Language Profile C qualification
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels
If you have other qualifications (eg GNVQ, CACHE, HND), please contact the Admissions team for advice on eligibility.
More about UK qualifications.
- We only use your information in UCAS to assess your application. There are no other selection criteria or processes.
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