Childhood Studies

A career in Children’s Services is one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors and offers a huge choice of options for specialism at many levels, from childcare to charity work to social and healthcare. This is an excellent time to consider working with children.

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If you’re interested in working with children, understanding how they develop and learn, then we offer a wide range of full-time courses. Childhood Studies offers a strong mix of theory and practical learning across many levels, as we explore the diverse social, cultural and educational needs of children and young adults today.

It’s the perfect introduction to help understand the childcare industry and the career paths available. Courses cater to different levels of learning and specialism offering an excellent starting point as you develop your future in childcare or a chance to continue your study in a specific direction as you work to gain full professional practitioner status.

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College 16-18

College 16-18 (5)

College Higher Skills

HE & Higher Skills (4)

College Adult Education

Adult Learners 19+ (20)

Why work in the Health, Social & Child Care Industry?

Wide range of jobs in the Health, Social & Child Care Industry

A wide range of employers in the Health, Social & Child Care Industry

Considering a career in Health, Social & Child Care?​

If you’re not sure what to study, then why not take some time to find out more information about possible careers?

Or, if you already have a career in mind, but you’re not sure what you need to study to pursue that career, we can help you get one step closer to that dream job.

Qualifications & levels explained

There is a wide range of qualifications and levels available, but not all of them may be right for you. If you’re not sure what qualification type or level you should be searching for, take a look at our qualifications explained.

Find the perfect career

We can help you find that perfect career even if you’re not sure what it is yet! At Kirklees College, our mission is to make you as successful as you can be, from finding the right career to gaining the right skills.

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Childcare Level 3

I enjoy working with children and everyone says I am really good with them. The course has been a great experience and the tutors have been really supportive.


Studying Childcare

I chose Kirklees College because I’ve always wanted to work with children and this course really stood out to me. Whilst studying here, I’ve already completed a work placement at a nursery which I really enjoyed and it allowed me to find out what working in this field is really like. The teaching is great here, the teachers are always friendly and the learning environment is relaxed. Everyone gets on really well in class and I’m looking forward to completing the rest of my course.