This degree allows you to examine the lives of children and young people aged 8 to 25, at local and global levels. It empowers you to work with them and make a positive impact on their lives. Education, sociology, psychology, health, welfare and social policy are key subjects that give you a breadth of knowledge and experience which will be invaluable to your future career. You will also put your learning into practice through a work placement.
You can tailor this course with options from a wide range of subjects. All option units are delivered by lecturers who have undertaken research and practice in the specialist area you want to develop skills in.
Employability and informing career choices are incorporated into the programme including undertaking work experience. There is a further opportunity to do a placement year in this country or abroad.
On this course you can:
On our National Student Survey students describe our staff as “extremely passionate about what they are teaching”; “Feedback is prompt and lecturers are approachable”; “Lecturers really engage us and share their work experiences in their field.”
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:
The lecturers are supportive, interesting and engaging and this really helped me to develop my thinking. Additional extras such as the book club and symposiums helped me to enhance my professional practice and the array of great academic support helped me to enhance my grade. The university provides all round support and now I feel confident and ready to work and support children and their families and excited about the next steps.
Gemma Isaj, BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies 2017
Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:
In your first year you will be introduced to a broad range of skills and knowledge that will support you throughout your study as well as units that focus on the nature of schooling and young people in the context of a changing society.
Core units in this year include:
As well as consolidating the themes covered in the first year, you will start to focus 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.
Core units in this year include:
Your third year will give you the opportunity to specialise through your choice of dissertation topic and a further range of optional units.
Core units in this year include:
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.
The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
We use a range of assessment methods to ensure that you reach your academic potential. Here’s how we assess your work:
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
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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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.
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.
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.
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
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.
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.
You will have an array of employment options open to you. The course is excellent preparation for a career in teaching at either primary or secondary level, although as mentioned it does not provide Qualified Teacher Status so further study would be required.
However, this course is not just for aspiring teachers. You can also go down the route of educational research, educational publishing, youth or social work, plus many other commercial or public sectors career paths.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
Example of what one of our graduates has gone on to do:
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.
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.
I am hoping to get a job in youth work. I am currently a volunteer with a youth offending team as a community referral order panel member, and I feel this course will open new opportunities for me.
Hildah Mapeta, BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies student 2013
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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.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates. You’ll also be able to explore course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you'd like to tour the campus or meet teaching staff before you apply, find out about our other visiting opportunities.
Booking for Open Days for 2019 entry opens soon. Register here for priority booking.