BA (Hons)

Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology

Helping you understand the processes that shape childhood

L5C8UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

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Why take this course?

Are you interested in developing a psychological understanding of young people in the world? This multidisciplinary course covers many aspects of youth experience, with the themes of psychology used to underpin your study of young people.

You will study topics, ideas, models and theories relating to both past and present practice.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Study young people’s behaviour and responses in our psychology laboratories
  • Volunteer at local schools or charities to gain work-based experience
  • Attend lectures by guest speakers researching in the 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.

Please note that this course does not provide Qualified Teacher Status.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • education and training
  • youth work
  • healthcare and health promotion
  • social work
  • the police
  • work in the voluntary sector

All of my lecturers are really nice; all have worked with children or young people in some way so they always give real-life examples in lectures, which really helps.

Carrie Taylor, BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology student 2015

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
96-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

96-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications


UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Programme specification


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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Year one

In each year you will spend two-thirds of your study time in Childhood and Youth Studies courses, with the remaining third in units offered by the Psychology department. In your first year, you will study this programme:

  • Child and Youth Development
  • Equality and Diversity in Practice
  • Introduction to Educational Contexts
  • Introduction to Psychological Science
  • Introduction to Social Psychology

Year two

In your second year you will consolidate the work of your first year, while making choices to focus your degree on a specific area of interest. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience paid or voluntary work with children and young people as part of the Faculty electives programme.

  • Approaches to Psychology
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • Global Childhoods
  • Youth Culture
  • Research with Children and Young People
  • One Option from
    • Children’s Literature
    • Development of Learning
    • Digital Natives
    • Gender, Race and Education
    • Professional Practice with Children and Young People
    • Learning from Experience (LiFE)

Year three

Your third year will give you the opportunity to specialise through your choice of dissertation topic and a further range of optional units. 

  • Dissertation / Major Project
  • Young People’s Relationships & Aspirations
  • Issues Relating to Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  • Two Options from
    • Disability: Theory, Research and Practice
    • Educational Psychology
    • Language and Communication
    • Psychology of Human Sexuality


Teaching and Assessment

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, elearning activities and lectures.


How are you assessed?

We use a range of assessment methods to ensure that you reach your academic potential. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • essays
  • group and individual presentations/projects
  • tests
  • a 10,000-word dissertation
Dr Sue Parfect

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Dr Sue Parfect
Childhood and Youth Studies

Students who choose to study Childhood and Youth Studies develop an insightful understanding of the complex world of 21st century children, young people and families and how they are supported by social and voluntary services.

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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 sea front.

3rd Space

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

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 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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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

You will be well prepared for a career working with children, either in school settings or other government or private institutions; your degree may also lead you onto a variety of career pathways, some of which may require postgraduate study.

Graduates of courses in the School of Education have gone into roles as early years’ practitioners, children’s centre workers, play workers and youth workers, and are well placed for roles developing rapidly in response to current government initiatives in both areas. You may also train to teach, to gain Early Years Professional Status, study as Speech and Language therapists or undertake a Masters degree in Social Work.

Please note that this course does not provide Qualified Teacher Status or British Psychological Society accreditation. It is possible to top up credits to gain full BPS accreditation at a variety of institutions throughout the UK. See for more information.

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option, which lets you earn credits toward your degree for work / research placements, volunteer roles or internships undertaken alongside your studies. The option gives you the opportunity to enhance your employability skills, to reflect on the ways in which you've done so, and to learn to express this to potential employers.

Career planning

Career planning
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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.

Stacey Aspindale, BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies student

Purple Door is an excellent service that gives recruitment help and advice. Through Purple Door I found some volunteer work with children.

Stacey Aspindale, BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies student

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