Childhood studies

Discover what shapes children's behaviour and their sense of identity

Childhood studies

You appreciate the many challenges children face in modern day society.

You want to make a difference to children’s early experiences. At Essex we will lay the foundations for your career working with infants and children, whether in education, health care or children’s services. The inter-disciplinary approach we take combines psychology, sociology and psychoanalysis to create a vibrant, rounded knowledge base.

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"This course offers a solid academic understanding of childhood from a range of perspectives.  You gain a placement experience in each year, knowledge of contemporary issues like ADHD, ASD and trauma, and you benefit from our distinct psychosocial and psychodynamic approach giving you real insight into the inner world of the child and the skills you need to work with them. You’ll be taught by lecturers who bring both academic and practical knowledge and experience from years of working with children."
Dr Chris Nicholson  Course Director for Childhood Studies
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You want to further your understanding of the multi-faceted nature of children in today's society.

You strive to make a difference to children's experiences in each phase of their childhood. At Essex we will develop your skills working with infants, children and adolescents, whether in education, health care or children's services. Combining psychoanalysis with disciplines such as sociology and psychology ensures your knowledge and understanding is thorough and expansive to nurture your career prospects in working with children.

Why study here?
  • Our unique interdisciplinary approach combines psychosocial, sociological and psychodynamic approaches
  • You’ll be taught by lecturers who bring both academic and practical knowledge from years of working with children
  • Close links with health, education and social care services ensures our courses are highly credible
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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.