BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology - University of Portsmouth
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BA (Hons)

Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology

UCAS codeL5L3

full time3yrs

placement option1yr

Develop your skills and get experience working with children in a variety of settings

Course Overview

Why take this course?

On this Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology degree, you will examine the lives of children and young people aged 8 to 18 at a local and global level to earn a relevant qualification youth justice. This will empower you to work with them effectively and make a positive impact on their lives.

Key subjects covered on this course include education, sociology, psychology, health, welfare and social policy. You will gain knowledge and experience that will be invaluable to your future career and you will put your learning into practice through a work placement. 

Because this course is a combined honours degree, you will also develop your criminology knowledge. This allows you to develop a blend of skills and knowledge in working with children and young people in a variety of settings including youth intervention work. You can study units that allow you to progress to postgraduate professional training in probation.

You will learn employability skills and get support from our careers service so you are ready for the workplace when you graduate.

On this course, you can also complete an optional work placement or study year in this country or abroad.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Reflect on and criticise theories and contemporary issues for children and young people
  • Make the most of learning opportunities with a personal and learning development tutor
  • Do work placements and volunteering with charities or local schools

In the latest National Student Survey (NSS), students said lecturers and staff on this course:

  • are extremely passionate about what they teach
  • provide prompt feedback
  • engage them
  • share their work experiences in their field

What opportunities might it lead to?

Studying in the School of Education and Childhood Studies can lead you onto a variety of career pathways, some of which may require postgraduate study.

You will be able to apply for a range of roles in education, social care and health related areas.

Routes and roles our graduates have pursued include:

  • Probation service
  • Youth offending team
  • Youth justice
  • Social work
  • Teaching


Emma Maynard, Course Leader

This exciting new course offers a unique opportunity to understand the complex worlds of children and young people, together with the causes and impact of crime.

Emma Maynard, Course Leader


Education, Childhood and Youth Studies

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Hands-on opportunities to work in a relevant educational setting
  • The support available to all students
  • The flexibility of unit options that enable you to tailor your study to your own interests

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

In your first year, you will learn a broad range of skills and knowledge that will support you throughout your study. You will also study units that focus on the nature of schooling and young people in the context of a changing society.

Core units in this year include:

  • Child and Youth Development
  • Equality and Diversity in Practice
  • Introduction to Educational Contexts
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice

Year two

In year two, you will develop more specialist knowledge and skills through study. You will also be able to do voluntary work with children and young people.

Core units in this year include:

  • Key Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Youth Culture
  • Research with Children and Young People
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Penology and Prison

Year three**

In your final year, you will learn specialist skills through your choice of dissertation topic and a range of optional units.

*You can do a placement year or a study year abroad on this course.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


We pride ourselves on the quality of teaching and student support on this course.

Learning takes a variety of forms including group-based activities, seminars, tutorials, individual and group presentations, poster presentations, project work, e-learning activities and lectures.


We use a range of assessment methods to make sure you reach your academic potential. We assess your work with:

  • essays
  • group and individual presentations/projects
  • a final year 10,000-word dissertation

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Facilities & Features

Study in SECS

The School comprises a body of enthusiastic staff with a range of expertise in the professional and academic sectors. We offer a welcoming learning environment, in a location near the heart of town, the student buildings and the seafront.

3rd Space

This is a social learning space for you to study or meet up with friends. Small and large groups, or individuals looking for a quiet space, can find a quiet area that can be screened off. Alternatively, grab a coffee or play a game of pool between lectures.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7, and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

Studying in the School of Education and Childhood Studies will lead you onto a variety of career pathways, some of which may require postgraduate study.

You will be able to apply for a range of roles in education, social care and health related areas.

Routes and roles our graduates have pursued include:

  • Probation service
  • Youth offending team
  • Youth justice
  • Social work
  • Teaching

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

There are a range of work experience opportunities that you can access on this course. These include child and youth work including education, local services and community engagement.

At the end of your first year of study, your personal tutor will discuss which opportunities are best suited to your career interests.

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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Apply now or visit us

Apply for 2018 entry

To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.

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