Skip to content
Skip to navigation menu
Widening Access

Understanding Childhood

Level 0 (CQFW Level 3), 10 Credits.

Available Dates:

No upcoming courses.

Register interest in this course...

Let us keep you up to date about when the course will run again.

  • Would you like us to keep you up to date with courses and news for this subject?
  • Would you like us to keep you up to date with news and promotions from the centre?


What is a ‘child’? This course offers an introduction to the world of children and young people for those interested in sociology, psychology and youth-work. The course looks at how our ideas of childhood change across time and culture and explores contemporary issues and debates surrounding children and young people such as outside play, poverty, bullying and the internet.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in understanding how the world we live in impacts upon development through childhood and into adolescence.  This course will be useful for those wanting to take the next step after the Child’s Play! Course and for those who wish to continue studying to degree level in the social sciences.  This course is open to all and no prior knowledge is assumed.

Learning and Teaching

There will be opportunities to develop study skills and to learn about research studies. The emphasis of this course is on active learning and small group work.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

You may be asked to keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.

Reading suggestions

Readings will be provided by the tutor.

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on

(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats,