Childhood and Youth Studies BA (Hons)
BA Hons Childhood and Youth Studies
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
On this 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
- Take part in our school book club, where students and lecturers examine issues affecting young people in an informal and supportive space
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.
This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.
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)
- 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.
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
- 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.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £13,900 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.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
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.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
Core units in this year include:
- Child and Youth Development
- Children, Young People and Social Policy
- Equality and Diversity in Practice
- Health and Wellbeing of the Child and Young Person
- Introduction to Educational Contexts
There are no optional units in this year.
Core units in this year include:
- Global Childhoods
- Professional Practice with Children and Young People
- Youth Culture
- Research with Children and Young People
Optional units from this course currently include:
- Children’s Literature
- Children’s Social Minds
- Communicative Strategies for Children
- Development of Learning
- Digital Natives
- Gender, Race and Education
Core units in this year include:
- Young People’s Relationships & Aspirations
- Families in Need
Optional units in this year include:
- Behaviour Matters
- Childhood, Youth and Film
- Children with (Severe) Learning Difficulties
- Children, Young People and Religion
- Crime, Justice and Young People
- Fairy Tales and Folktales for Children
- Introduction to Teaching
- Issues Relating to Children and Young People’s Mental Health
- Who’s in Charge?
- Won’t Read, Can’t Read: Failing Readers
- Working with Looked After Children
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.
As well as support by faculty teaching 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
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
- group-based activities
- individual and group presentations
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
- Year 1 students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 78% studying independently
- Year 2 students: 15% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 79% studying independently and 6% on work placement
- Year 3 students: 10% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 90% studying independently
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- group and individual presentations and projects
- 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 units 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
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – L590
- our institution code – P80
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
Not quite ready to apply?
Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can 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.