Childhood, Education and Social work

Accessible, flexible and
practice-focused courses that prepare you for a successful
professional career

Childhood, Education and Social work

Accessible, flexible and practice-focused courses that prepare you for a successful professional career


student satisfaction for
Early Childhood Studies

National Student Survey 2020


in the UK for Education courses

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for overall satisfaction for
Social Work courses in the UK

National Student Survey 2020

Develop the skills you need to prepare for your career

Childhood, Education and Social Work courses

Discover degrees that provide you with the professional skills to work within specialist settings

Explore different areas of interest as you gain first-hand experience and take advantage of key networking opportunities with schools and Trusts, services, and professional bodies.

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  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree apprenticeship
  • Foundation degree
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Foundation Degree Early Years

This course provides the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Top-up and is an excellent pathway to enable busy practitioners to gain a degree.
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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Develop your effectiveness as a skilled Early Years practitioner with the support of a team of our experienced and expert teaching staff.
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BA (Hons) Education

Prepare for your future career as an education professional, as you explore local, national, and global issues within the sector.
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BA (Hons) Education, Special Needs and Disability

This insightful course prepares you to work with children and adults who have a special need or a disability within the education, health or social care sector.
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BA (Hons) Social Work

Our Social Work England accredited BA (Hons) Social Work course prepares you for a career in an exciting, challenging and rewarding profession.
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MA Social Work

This postgraduate course prepares you to change career paths towards the exciting, challenging and rewarding social work profession.
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MA Education

Improve your understanding of advanced subject knowledge and learn how to best utilise evidence-based practice in order to unlock the potential of all learners.
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MA Inclusive Special Education

Develop a greater understanding of the issues related to the education of children and young adults who have a special educational need and/or a disability.
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Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work

Become a professionally qualified social worker with this postgraduate diploma option.
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MA Advanced Professional Practice

This innovative and flexible course for experienced professionals meets your professional CPD requirements as you to take a tailored route towards a full MA degree.
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Postgraduate Certificate: Autism Education

This Postgraduate Certificate is for professionals looking to gain accreditation and specialist knowledge in the education of children and adults on the autism spectrum.
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PGCert: Professional Studies in Education, Mental Health Awareness in Schools

This PGCert course supports individuals, schools and local authorities to further understand and promote awareness of mental health in schools.
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PGCert: Professional Studies in Education, Growth Mindset

This certificate supports individuals, schools or local authorities to explore the research and evidence surrounding mindsets to foster a growth mindset culture.
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Our innovative programme equips SENCOs with the required qualification as you develop your effective leadership and management of SEND provision.
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PGCIPP: Workplace Learning Development

This innovative course supports school-based projects and allows education professionals working to accredit development activities within the workplace.
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Postgraduate Certificate in Early Education

Gain your Early Years Teacher Status as you develop your knowledge and skill in early years teaching.
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BSc (Hons) Educational Psychology 

Learn to support children and young people experiencing problems in education and start your journey to become a BPS Educational Psychologist.
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Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship

Gain practical experience and explore subjects including psychology as you you earn your BA (Hons) Social Work degree. Work as you study and graduate with no tuition fee debt.
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BA (Hons) Education with Integrated Foundation Year

Explore local, national, and global issues within the sector after the completion of an integrated foundation year.
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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Integrated Foundation Year

Build your academic knowledge and confidence before your Early Childhood Studies degree begins.
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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Level 6 Top-Up

Gain your full BA Honours degree with this flexible and accommodating top-up course.
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Bridging Course

This is a 12-week course that provides a foundation in the knowledge and skills you will need to access higher education.
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Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Assessment Only Route

We are proud to offer this assessment only programme that allows experienced practitioners (across 0 - 5 years) to demonstrate how they meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).

Dr Chris Shelton

Institute of Education, Health and Social Sciences

Learn more about our Education degrees

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Beyond the classroom

Explore the concept and structure of Education across all areas of society

Our Education degrees offer you the opportunity to understand the structures and role of learning beyond the traditional classroom setting, with a focus on prisons, museums, outreach facilities, career advice and much more.

Specialist options

Pursue your area of interest with specialist degrees and pathways

Discover dedicated degree options for working within both Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) and child psychology contexts, as well as specialist modules across a wide range of professional and practical areas.

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Professional practice and development courses
University of Chichester

Professional learning

Customised school-based professional learning

Many schools approach us to work with them in developing their school-based professional learning.

Our portfolio includes subject knowledge enhancement, short courses, consultancy, project management and evaluation work.

Chris Smethurst

Institute of Education, Health and Social Sciences

Learn more about our Childhood and Social Work courses

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Childhood study options

Explore specialist study options to enhance and enrich your learning

Our Childhood courses are recognised by the Department for Education and built around the latest developments within the sector, with options to study modules in play creativity and expression, child development, children’s media.

Graduate Practice Competencies

Increase your career opportunities with built in Graduate Practitioner option

We are one of only 22 universities in the UK to offer a Graduate Practitioner Competencies module within your three years of study for our Early Childhood courses, to professionally showcase your high level of skill when working with young children and develop your employability prospects.

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Social Work England approved

Qualify ready to register as a professional social worker

Our Social Work courses allow you to register with national regulator Social Work England to become a fully qualified social worker and begin your professional career.

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Integrated support

Gain vital professional insight and dedicated support from highly-experienced staff

We ensure that our Social Work students are fully supported throughout their degree to prepare them for a highly-rewarding and challenging profession, with integrated tutorial and peer mentoring programmes to help guide you through the process.

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Centre for Workforce Development

Discover a range of short professional development courses

The Centre for Workforce Development acts as a hub for associated research, applied research, consultancy, knowledge transfer and continuing professional development (CPD) activity within the Department of Childhood, Social Work and Social Care.

Work placements

Specialised work placement options to given you vital real-world experience

All of our courses across Childhood, Education, and Social Work offer dedicated work placement options to gain vital experience in your respective field in quality settings across the South of England.

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PhD study

Choose Chichester to develop your research specialism within Education

The University of Chichester welcomes applications for doctorial candidates and those choosing to study with us benefit from working with specialists in their respective fields who have national and international reputations.

Expert teaching staff

Learn from highly-experienced expert teaching staff

Co-Director of the Institute of Education, Health and Social Sciences

Chris has a background in both community and residential work with people with learning disabilities, as well as experience working with young children.

Head of Education Studies

Linda is programme coordinator for the family of Education Studies degree courses, with an interest in the creative use of technology in the primary classroom.

Professor of Social Work and Social Policy

Kish is known for her work on social work, race and racism and is particularly interested in ethnically sensitive research methodologies and theories.

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