Childhood and Youth Studies BA (Hons)


Have you got the enthusiasm for a career working with children, making a positive impact in the lives of young people and developing your knowledge in this vital field?

On this BA (Hons) Children and Youth Studies degree course, you’ll unpack the issues affecting young people across society, and learn how to work with young people and their families, along with the services that support them.

With your expert knowledge and skills, you’ll be set to take on a rewarding career in areas such as youth work, health promotion and therapy.

What you'll experience

  • Be taught by experts who bring together years of academic knowledge and practical experience
  • Get an expert knowledge of the important issues affecting young people today
  • Learn how society will influence the next generation of young people
  • Cover topics including child and youth development, diversity and inclusion, culture, education, and families in need
  • Develop relationships with future employers through a programme of events and talks from guest speakers
  • Get practical experience through work-based placements, connecting theory to practice and exploring the professional skills you’ll need to work with children or young people
  • Choose whether to do a dissertation or a practical research project in your final year
  • Practise professional meetings in our Family Assessment Room, where you'll learn how parents and children feel during family meetings, and explore your responsibilities as a practitioner.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service will help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and other opportunities that will complement your studies.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Children and Youth Development – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the field of child and adolescent development covering the specific ages of 0-5 and 5-7 as well as older children and young people.

Children, Young People and Social Policy – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll define social problems and issues, and examine the government's attempts to address them.

Equality and Diversity in Practice – 40 credits - This module introduces you to the ideas behind equality and diversity, giving you an overview of the  current issues in the moral and philosophical agenda in this area.

Health and Well Being of the Child and Young Person – 20 credits - Supporting and providing services for children and young people involves understanding their requirements in relation to their health and well being.

Introduction to Educational Contexts – 20 credits - This module introduces you to British education from 1870 until present time.

Year 2

Core modules

Global Childhoods – 20 credits - In this module you’ll focus on how the globalisation process impacts on the experiences and identities of children and young people across the world.

Professional Practice with Children and Young People – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll complete assessed work-based learning to develop your professional practice.

Research with Children and Young People – 20 credits - Research with children and young people helps to further our knowledge and understanding of how children develop and the issues they face in childhood.

Youth Culture – 20 credits - Youth can be characterised as the stage between children moving from dependence to the autonomy of adulthood. 

Optional modules

Children’s Literature – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll look at children’s literature from books for the very young to the contemporary picture book, as well as exploring adult themes found in young people’s and adolescent literature.

Children’s Social Minds – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll examine the way in which children’s social minds develop through psychological perspectives and the socialisation influences which surround them.

Development of Learning – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll critically examine seminal and contemporary theories of learning and consider how external influences contribute to the way we learn.

Digital Natives – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll explore what constitutes technology for children and its usage in respect to children's learning, development play and social networking.

Gender, Race and Education – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll focus on theories and practices of gender and race in the context of education.

Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits - The module will introduce you to the role and expectations of a teacher.

Just Playing? – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll explore perspectives, meanings and contexts of play as an essential component of childhood.

Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) - 20 credits - In this module, you'll study 1 of 8 modern languages on the University's free Institution-Wide Language Programme.

Study Abroad – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll take on a study abroad programme in the second semester of your second year with an agreed partner.

Optional sandwich year

Optional modules

Work Placement Year - 120 credits - With support, you'll identify and arrange a placement opportunity with an appropriate company or organisation.

Study Year Abroad - 120 credits - On this module you'll live and study abroad with one of our agreed university partners.

Year 3

Core modules

Dissertation/Major Project (Education) – 40 credits - On this module you'll design and complete an extended academic literature based, or empirical study with clear and specific aims, based on your own critical enquiry into a specific topic developing your personal learning and original thought.

Families in Need – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll explore the way in which children, young people and families experience issues deemed problematic by society.

Young People’s Relationships and Aspirations – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll explore the context of young people who have or lack aspiration and the difference this makes to their experience of childhood and young adult life.

Optional modules

Behaviour Matters – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll explore the core theories and perspectives regarding behaviour management.

Children and Young People with Severe Learning Difficulties – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll focus on children and young people with severe learning difficulties.

Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits - The module will introduce you to the role and expectations of a teacher.

Issues Relating to Children and Young People’s Mental Health – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll focus on children whose development becomes a cause for concern, and whose behaviour may be challenging and difficult.

Working with Looked After Children – 20 credits - Children and young people with experience of the UK care system often have complex needs which present challenges for services and carers.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • group-based activities
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • individual and group presentations
  • projects
  • e-learning
  • lectures

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • group and individual presentations and projects
  • examinations
  • a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 85% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 5% by practical exams and 95% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you can take your expert skills and knowledge into a rewarding career working with young people and children in the community.

Areas you can work in include:

  • youth work
  • social care
  • educational welfare
  • health promotion
  • teaching (with further study)
  • police work
  • the voluntary sector

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • training assessor
  • teacher
  • employability coordinator
  • careers advisor
  • schools liaison officer

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics. Key skills are accepted however GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C is a minimum requirement.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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