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Childhood Studies, PGCert

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Children / Youth (Social Work) Youth Studies Learning Theory

Course type


Course Summary


Studying a Master’s degree in Childhood Studies will give you the knowledge and skills to support children and their families in a range of environments.

You will develop a keen understanding of issues related to child development in contemporary society and how policy and services for children and families are planned and provided.

Throughout your studies, you will refine critical research and analytical skills valued by employers and develop professional reflective practice techniques.


Your postgraduate qualification in Childhood Studies opens up a range of career opportunities in sectors including:

  • Children and young people’s services
  • Counselling
  • Local, national and international policy development
  • Research
  • Youth and community work

We also offer supervision if you wish to continue your studies in this field at PhD level.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.

We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.


The module will consider classical and contemporary theories of child development. Various aspects of development will also be discussed (for example, language, the self, sociability and cognition). It will consider diversity and difference in relation to children's development (for example, issues relating to culture, gender or disability) and key questions relating to our understanding of children's development (for example, nature and nurture). Students will consider a range of observational techniques and will set up and undertake at least six 1-hour observations of a child and link these observations to theories of child development. The module will be of interest to anyone wishing to gain a detailed understanding of children's development and skills in reflective observation pertinent to professional practice across a range of children's services.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

A UK 2.2 (or above) degree in a related discipline (for example childhood studies, education, psychology, sociology, mental health), or its equivalent. Applications will be considered if you have significant relevant work experience. You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB, Check). You may also be asked to attend an interview.

University information

Located on the stunning Swansea Bay coastline, this Welsh university provides easy access to the city centre, as well as to the beaches of the spectacular Gower Peninsula. Swansea has recently been named University of the Year by students at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, where it was also runner-up in the Postgraduate category. It’s also recognised as a UK top 30 research institution (Research Excellence Framework 2014). The...more

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