UWS Clearing

Childhood Studies

(2nd Year Entry)


BA (Hons)

3 years full-time

Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire

September 2023


About the course

Build a career in childhood services with UWS’s BA (Hons) Childhood Studies.

Throughout this degree you will gain an understanding of the issues related to early childhood and services for children and families. You will learn about the values underpinning children’s services, and the importance of working in partnership with professionals from a range of disciplines. You will consider issues relating to management and leadership of early learning and childcare services.

To develop your practical knowledge, you’ll have the chance to complete two three-week blocks of work-based experience each year. In Year 3, you will have the option to complete placement in an international setting (currently available in Italy, Spain and Germany).



  • This degree offers the opportunity to build a career supporting children and their families in a variety of environments.
  • The BA degree will deepen your understanding of issues related to early childhood and services for children and families.
  • Guest lectures from multi-agency professionals will increase your understanding of broader aspects relating to work within the early years sector.

    NB: Students will be required to join Disclosure Scotland’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme – see scotland.gov.uk

Applications for this course are open to people currently residing in:


Year 2: Open

Year 3: Open

Rest of UK (Eng, Wales & NI) & Republic of Ireland

Year 2: Open

Year 3: Open

International (including EU/EEA)

Year 2: Open


Year 3: Open

Entry Requirements

  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Childhood Practice or Early Education and Childcare or Childcare and Education
  • SVQ Level 3: Social Services (Children & Young People) – considered on an individual basis and application must be accompanied by APEL claim

Applicants who do not meet the entry criteria but hold similar childcare qualifications together with relevant work experience are encouraged to contact us for advice on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry to the course.

Applicants may be interviewed.

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Childhood Practice or Early Education & Childcare or Childcare & Education or related discipline

Applicants may be interviewed.

How to Apply


You can apply for this course, as well as keep up-to-date with your undergraduate application, via the UCAS Hub.

Your UCAS Hub account will be updated once a decision has been made on your application and you’ll be notified.

Clearing Guide

Clearing can sometimes feel like a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Don’t worry though as we’re here to guide you through the process, giving you the information and advice you need.

Enquire about this course

If you’re not sure about anything, get in touch – we are here to help!

T: 0800 027 1000 (Freephone within the UK)
T: +44 (0)141 849 4101 (outwith the UK)
E: clearing@uws.ac.uk


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