childhood and youth student working with school pupils
UCAS Code
L590
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2020

Overview

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.

95% Graduates in work or further study (Unistats data on DLHE 2017)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

What you'll experience

On this Childhood and Youth Studies degree course, you'll:

  • 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.

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.

What can you do with a Childhood and Youth Studies degree?

Areas you can work in include:

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

What jobs can you do with a Childhood and Youth Studies degree?

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.

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 student

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies degree

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

What you'll do
You’ll explore theories related to the physical, psychosocial, and cognitive development of children. In this module, you’ll learn about children's social, emotional and cognitive development in relation to environmental influences (e.g. the role of the family and culture) and genetics (e.g. biological determinants and factors).
What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe key elements of how children and adolescents develop from a theoretical perspective
  • Explain how different stages of the growth & development processes are influenced by each other
  • Recognise how external and internal influences (nature, nurture) impact and contribute to the development of self concept in an individual
  • Discuss examples of social, emotional and cognitive development in children
Teaching activities
  • 18 x 2-hour lectures
  • 6 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final essay)
  • a 1-hour exam (40% of final essay)

What you'll do

You’ll identify and debate social issues, and take into consideration the complex issues around policy views held by different stakeholders. You’ll also learn how to navigate the professional fields you’re likely to embark on within the fields of early childhood and youth studies.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and examine factors that can impact on social policy
  • Describe the UK welfare state in a social policy context
  • Explain potential inequalities in national and international social policy and make recommendations for change
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 2-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework report (50% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll examine the history of current policy in this area in relation to changing ideas and address issues of diversity as well as looking at specific responses for children identified with specific needs. In this module, you’ll develop skills relating to personal responsibility and management of learning needs and competencies

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Articulate knowledge and understanding of issues in relation to equality and diversity
  • Discuss ideas relating to the impact of current equality and diversity policies for meeting the needs of children, young people and their families
  • Evaluate historic and current theories in relation to equality and diversity
  • Identify and address issues involved in working with others in a variety of contexts
  • Reflect on your own learning development and identify areas for improvement
Teaching activities
  • 9 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
  • 9 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 6 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 135 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x 1,500-word written assignments including essays (30% of final essay, each)
  • 2 x 20-minute oral assessments and presentations (20% of final essay, each)

What you'll do

In this module, you’ll consider these requirements and the conditions that will ensure children and young people flourish. You’ll explore the implications of policy, local initiatives and current issues related to children's and young people's health and well being while considering the inequalities and challenges to the welfare of families with young children.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of key issues related to the health and well being of children and young people
  • Analyse with guidance the ways health impacts on children and young people's lives
  • Describe and effectively communicate the inequalities children and families may encounter in respect of ensuring the health and well being of children and young people
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical coursework project (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word coursework project (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll draw on social, political and economic indicators to track the development of mass education in Britain and learn about some of the philosophical and theoretical thinkers who have helped fashion education policy and practice. You’ll examine some of the different types of educational establishments in the private and public sectors from the past and present.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe how social, economic and political factors have influenced the development of the British Educational system
  • Identify key philosophical and theoretical influences on British Educational practice
  • Distinguish the different types of educational establishments and practices from the past and present
  • Reflect on the value systems that influenced past and present educational policies and practices
  • Draw comparisons between social, economic and political changes and changes in educational practices
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (70% of final mark)

Year 2

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll discuss how the concepts of 'local' and 'global' are constructed, considering culture, identity and citizenship. You’ll be able to debate whether multimedia technologies provide renewed opportunities to play or whether they enable the creation of transnational and convergent cultural practices.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically assess the use and validity of different theoretical perspectives in understanding and interpreting specific perspectives on children and young people
  • Examine outcomes of processes of globalisation for children and young people by analysing specific cases
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of theories of globalisation to relevant cases in the UK and abroad to appraise outcomes for children and young people
  • Construct and present reasoned analyses of aspects of modern life and processes of globalisation
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.""

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll gain the employability and professional skills required by the sector while developing your understanding of the implications of working with other professionals.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills required for providing age/stage related learning experiences for individuals/groups
  • Examine theoretical concepts around professional practice and application in the workplace
  • Employ concepts of reflection to articulate personal and professional development goals
  • Critically evaluate your learning and experience and relate this to your future goals
Teaching activities
  • 6 x 1-hour lectures
  • 7 x 1-hour seminars
  • 4 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 90 hours of work-based learning
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 183 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word portfolio project (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

The research process must always consider the interests of children in terms of ethical conduct, confidentiality, child protection and consent. This module develops the skills you need to complete a project including effective literature sourcing, validity, reliability, ethical considerations, research methods and the development of effective research tools in the field of child development.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Assess quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and be able to understand which of these to deploy in a research study
  • Reflect on the main issues around debates of the strengths and limitations of research with children and young people
  • Analyse research with children and young people
  • Identify and develop a topic appropriate for in-depth study and consider issues related to ethical and data protection issues
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1-hour exam (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment (50% of final mark)
  • a 400-word coursework project (10% of final mark)

What you'll do

In this module, you’ll explore contemporary youth culture locating it in current discussions about globalisation, technology, employment and notions of identity.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse notions of youth identity and the influence technology has on identity construction
  • Evaluate the contribution young people make to society
  • Critically discuss the role of youth work in supporting young people’s transitions in contemporary society
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute coursework project (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You’ll focus on texts through various theories, applying literary criticism to children’s texts and explore adults' writing about children’s literature, applying theoretical concepts to examples in children’s books. You'll also explore the affective power of language and illustration, and potential messages for the child, by exploring children's texts through drawing, role play and reflection.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the power of language and illustration in children's stories and picture books
  • Identify and examine the social and moral issues raised in different types of texts
  • Compare and contrast the literature published for children and young people
  • Interpret selected literature through a variety of media
  • Creatively apply a variety of theoretical frames to analyse children's literature
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 1-hour seminars
  • 12 hours of guided independent study
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 178 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word coursework project (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll gain an understanding of how children develop moral reasoning, and how they connect with and process the world around them. As the central focus, this understanding will form the basis to which you’ll explore issues of personality, identity, self-esteem, conformity, rebellion, and resilience in relation to children’s development from infancy through to adolescence.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Use a social psychology perspective to explore the nuances of children's social development
  • Take responsibility for your own learning with minimum direction, in independent and group learning
  • Apply a detailed knowledge of formative social influences in children's lives
  • Critically analyse the forces and dilemmas which influence how children relate to the world around them
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour seminars
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 178 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll explore the way these influences impact on working with children and young people as well as self-reflecting on your own learning.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the key features of various learning theories/models
  • Examine how external influences impact and contribute to the development of learning in individuals
  • Consider how the theories of learning could be applied in an educational context
  • Demonstrate insight into your own approaches to learning
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll examine how children are using current technologies for their own interests as well as the application of technology within curriculum frameworks.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine the range of technology used by children and young people
  • Evaluate how information and communications technology (ICT) is used to support children's learning and development taking into account any barriers and challenges there may be to its use
  • Analyse society's attitudes towards children and young people and technology
  • Engage with technology used by children and young people
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
  • 8 hours of guided independent study
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework project (50% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute coursework project (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll examine how the concepts of gender and race have been used to construct specific identities. As we live in a context of increased diversification, you’ll reflect on the role played by gender and race identities in the increasingly globalised context of educational institutions.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the ways in which theories of gender and race intersect with other social identities such as class, age, and religion
  • Critically assess the use of different theoretical perspectives in understanding and interpreting specific discourses related to children and young people in education
  • Compare and contrast different positions in relation to children and young people’s lives and identities
  • Identify and analyse gender and race inequalities that exist in today’s educational institutions
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 500-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop fundamental skills needed to be a teacher, and the capability to structure and deliver a short lesson.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the expectations of a professional teacher in terms of skills, knowledge and conduct
  • Discuss the importance of safeguarding students
  • Apply fundamental concepts of teaching and learning theory to plan an effective, peer-assessed lesson
  • Deliver lesson plans with clear objectives, student-centred learning and assessment of learning
  • Reflect on the use of active learning methods within subject specialism
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 2-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 10 x 1-hour lectures
  • 4 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute practical skills assessment (50% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll examine how children's development influences the types of play children engage in between birth and 12 years of age. You'll focus on play and its role in development and learning to get an understanding of what makes an effective play environment, the role of risk in play and how adults working with children can support and engage with play experiences.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss and reflect upon a range of perspectives related to play for children aged from birth to 12 years of age
  • Compare and contrast types and forms of children's play
  • Explore meanings of play in social and educational contexts
  • Evaluate experiences that enrich the play and learning of children
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 6 x 1-hour seminars
  • 7 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll enter at the appropriate level for your existing language knowledge. If you combine this module with language study in your first or third year, you can turn this module into a certificated course that is aligned with the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFRL).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module:

  • You'll have improved your linguistic skills in Arabic, British Sign Language, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, French, German or Spanish
  • You'll be prepared for Erasmus study abroad
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through: 

  • coursework (100% of final mark) 

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Manage and complete tasks in a study relevant to your course, with an appropriate level of skill, initiative, independence and performance
  • Critically reflect on the formal learning experience and student ambassadorial role for the University, and consider the relevance of this learning to future study and/or employability and personal development
  • Critically assess how activities relate to disciplinary knowledge and practice covered on your undergraduate course within the global context
Teaching activities
  • 5 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 595 hours abroad
Independent study time

n/a

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)

Optional sandwich year

Optional modules

What you'll do

Your placement year will be assessed after a period of no less than 30 weeks, on a pass/fail basis.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically reflect on the skills needed in a placement environment
  • Identify and evaluate your learning experience and the relevance of this to future careers and professional development
  • Identify areas for improvement or further training in your professional development
  • Evaluate your success in meeting the objectives identified in your learning agreement
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 1-hour seminars
  • 1,125 hours on placement
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)

What you'll do

You'll get an understanding of sociological issues in an international setting, and enhance your job prospects.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Manage and complete tasks relevant to your course while abroad, with an appropriate level of skill, initiative, independence and performance
  • Critically reflect on your learning experience and ambassadorial role for the University
  • Consider the relevance of your learning to future study and/or employability and personal development
  • Critically assess how activities covered on your course relate to disciplinary knowledge and practice in a global context
Teaching activities
  • 5 x 1-hour seminars
  • 1,195 hours studying abroad
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)

Year 3

Core modules

What you'll do

The form of your research depends on the aims and focus of the project/dissertation and you’ll see it through from its inception as a research question to ethical procedures, into a research design, thinking about and implementing a methodology, gathering data, and reporting and analysing that data. You’ll gather data through fieldwork, either with children, young people or practitioners, depending on your research question and the scope of your study.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Design a viable dissertation/project proposal
  • Compare and reflect critically on different ideas, assumptions and data and to explore the complexity and uncertainty of such ideas in research, as well as to frame further questions and identify potential solutions
  • Deploy established and relevant techniques of analysis and enquiry in an ethical framework to a specific and focused area relevant to children and young people
  • Manage and reflect on your learning and communicate in writing to a specified audience relevant to the academic or workplace community
Teaching activities
  • 10 hours of project supervision
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 300 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment (10% of final mark)
  • a 9,000-word dissertation (90% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll critically examine professional perspectives, interventions and current policy such as the Troubled Families Programme and Think Family. You’ll explore psychological and sociological perspectives that will underpin your learning.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically consider the lived experience of families in need
  • Analyse relevant theory in relation to family experience
  • Critically apply knowledge of the context of policy and practice so as to extend understanding of the issues families face, and the social context they experience
  • Demonstrate confidence in considering complex problems within society
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

In relation to the concepts of participation in education and academic self concept, you’ll also examine the growth mind-set. You’ll develop knowledge of young people’s aspirations in the context of their peer, home and societal relationships, linking to lifestyle choice and issues of risk and young parenthood.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the significance of aspirations for young people in the context of social theory
  • Apply theory to risk factors and current trends in the interpersonal relationships of children and young people to understand links with developmental needs and experiences
  • Conceptualise the influences that inform the aspirations and interpersonal relationships of young people
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework project (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You’ll examine various strategies designed to meet the needs of children and young people showing challenging behaviour, and the impact of these strategies.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the complexities of challenging behaviour in children and young people
  • Critically assess possible causes of challenging behaviour
  • Critically review strategies and processes used for managing behaviour across the 0-19 age range
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll examine how severe learning needs are identified, the role of professional agencies, and the support of children with severe learning difficulties and their families.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically reflect on the environmental and physiological aspects of severe learning difficulties
  • Analyse educational barriers faced by children and young people with severe learning needs
  • Examine the support available to children and young people with severe learning difficulties
  • Critically appraise the role of families and carers in supporting children and young people with severe learning needs
Teaching activities
  • 8 x 1-hour lectures
  • 8 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1-hour exam (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop fundamental skills needed to be a teacher, and the capability to structure and deliver a short lesson.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the expectations of a professional teacher in terms of skills, knowledge and conduct
  • Discuss the importance of safeguarding students
  • Apply fundamental concepts of teaching and learning theory to plan an effective, peer-assessed lesson
  • Deliver lesson plans with clear objectives, student-centred learning and assessment of learning
  • Reflect on the use of active learning methods within subject specialism
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 2-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 10 x 1-hour lectures
  • 4 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical skills assessment (50% of final mark)
  • a written assignment including essay (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

They may appear isolated, anxious and fearful or they may seem unhappy or disturbed. You’ll examine the characteristics of these problems, as well as some of the explanations that have been offered about how these problems arise.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine different concepts and models in relation to mental health issues in children
  • Reflect on the different sources and risk factors (pathological, social) that play a role in the diagnosis of mental health issues, and critically analyse how they interact
  • Critically analyse abnormal and disturbing behaviour as context-embedded and normatively defined problems
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework project (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn how legacies of colonialism and imperialism shaped cinematic production in different regions, and  study the impact of the move away from national filmmaking in favour of global funding, distribution and exhibition networks.

Coming into care itself is symptomatic of unmet needs, hostile or inadequate treatment or abuse. In this module, you’ll explore some of the core issues around working with children in the care system and examine the conditions that are most successful for meeting their needs.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically review the rationale and theory for current care system policies and practice on children and families
  • Evaluate the theories related to issues of trauma and resilience developed by children in vulnerable circumstances
  • Critically explore data related to looking after children and how it informs policy and practice
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 16.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework report (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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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

Placement year

After your second year, you can take a paid placement year. Previous students have taken the chance to put their skills to work at organisations such as:

  • Portsmouth in the Community (PitC)
  • KidsOut
  • Victim Support

We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your workplace ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support to get the most out of the year.

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.

Teaching

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'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Law and Business degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 15 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Childhood and Youth Studies degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 11 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next scheduled meeting.

Learning Development Tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty Learning Development Tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 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.

See the other qualifications we accept

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

See alternative English language qualifications

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

You’ll need to cover additional costs, such as travel costs, if you take an optional placement or placement abroad.

These costs will vary depending on the location and duration of the placement, and can range from £50–£1000.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – L590
  • our institution code – P80

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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