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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 7.8k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 9.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    The course is also a powerful means of self-development. Around 9 out of 10 students on Sunderland’s social studies courses report improved communication skills and more confidence in tackling unfamiliar problems, according to the National Student Survey.

    During the first year of the course you will refine your professional approach, building up the graduate attributes of a reflective practitioner. You will also cover a range of topics that include child development, early years, the primary curriculum and family studies.

    The second and final years build on these foundations and extend them to cover legislation, health issues and equality and diversity. In the final year there is a project that develops degree-level research skills.

    A particular benefit of Sunderland’s course is the broad knowledge of our academic staff. They have expertise across early years provision, education, health and social care. According to the National Student Survey, around 9 out of 10 students believe that Sunderland’s social studies staff are enthusiastic about what they teach and good at explaining things.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline 15th January/October Tuition fee
    • GBP 7800 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 9500 Year (International)
    Start date September 2015 15th Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Modules on this course include:

    Year 1 (all core) (national level 4)

    • Issues in Family Studies (10 Credits)
    • Building Graduate Attributes for the Professional and Reflective Childhood Practitioner (10 Credits)
    • Values for the Professional Childhood Practitioner (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to the Primary Curriculum (10 Credits)
    • Introduction to Early Years Care and Education (10 Credits)
    • The Nature and Culture of Childhood (20 Credits)
    • An Introduction to Child Development (20 Credits)
    • Child Development: Theory into Practice (20 Credits)

    Year 2 core modules (national level 5)

    • The Child and the Social and Economic Environment (20 Credits)
    • Health and Childhood (20 Credits)
    • Child Law (20 Credits)

    Strand Option modules:

    Family and Community:

    • Children and Families in the Community - Resilience, Welfare and Conflict (20 Credits)
    • Contextualising Children's Position within Society (20 Credits)
    • Contextualising Family Units and Diversity (20 Credits)

    Policy, Provision and Practice In Early Years Care and Education

    • Play and Learning in the Early Years (20 Credits)
    • Observing, Assessing and Reporting Children's Learning and Development (20 Credits)
    • The Context of Young Children's Learning and Development (20 Credits)

    Policy, Provision and Practice in Primary Education

    • Developing Learning within Childhood Curricula through Story (20 Credits)
    • Local Study Project (20 Credits)
    • The Nature of the Primary Curriculum (20 Credits)

    Year 3 core modules (national level 6)

    • Childhood Studies Research Project (40 Credits)
    • Equality and Diversity in Contemporary Society (20 Credits)
    • Provision in Education and Care (20 Credits)
    • Continuity, Consolidation and Critical Considerations for the Childhood Profession (20 Credits)

    Strand Option modules:

    Family and Community:

    • Children and Families in the Community - Supporting Family Units and Protecting Children's Rights (20 Credits)

    Policy, Provision and Practice in Early Years Care and Education:

    • Leading Practice in Early Years Care and Education (20 Credits)

    Policy, Provision and Practice in Primary Education:

    • Effective Teaching and Learning in the Primary Classroom (20 Credits)

    Part-time study

    Part-time students study the same course as full-time students, just over a longer period of time. If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C)

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    Our typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award).

    We do not accept General Studies as one of the A levels.

    We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

    We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number

    Other acceptable qualifications:

    BTEC National: 260 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma.

    Access Courses: We would require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.

    Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Sunderland.


    Scholarships on offer include cash bursaries, reduced tuition fees, free accommodation and free public transport.

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