Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology BA (Hons)

Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology student discussing issues in seminar
UCAS Code
L5C8
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Location
Main site

Overview

Want to understand what makes young people tick and how to use this knowledge to make a positive difference to their lives?

On this BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology degree course, you’ll unpack the issues facing people aged 8-25 and combine it with the study of psychology. You'll broaden your understanding of child development, setting you up for a rewarding career in fields such as youth work, health care and teaching.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Develop your knowledge of young people’s behaviour and responses
  • Be taught by lecturers who bring years of experience in the field and have links to a network of employers
  • Develop relationships with future employers through a programme of events and talks from guest speakers
  • 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 freelancing 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.

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.

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you can take your expert skills and knowledge into a rewarding career working with young people and children.

Areas you can work in include:

  • youth work
  • social work
  • educational welfare
  • health promotion

With this degree you can also go on to study at postgraduate level in areas such as teaching or psychology.

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.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,200 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 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.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

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

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Psychological Science
  • Children’s Social Minds
  • Global Childhoods
  • Youth Culture
  • Research with Children and Young People

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Children’s Literature
  • Development of Learning
  • Digital Natives
  • Gender, Race and Education
  • Professional Practice with Children and Young People
  • Learning from Experience (LiFE)

Core units in this year include:

  • Dissertation/Major Project
  • Young People’s Relationships and Aspirations
  • Issues Relating to Children and Young People’s Mental Health

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Disability: Theory, Research and Practice
  • Educational Psychology
  • Language and Communication
  • Psychology of Human Sexuality

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.

Learning support

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
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • group-based activities
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • individual and group presentations
  • project work
  • e-learning
  • lectures

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. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends. 

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday.

Your workload

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 1students:22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 78% studying independently
  • Year 2 students:16% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 78% studying independently and 6% on work placement
  • Year 3 students: 16% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 78% studying independently and 6% on work placement

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • group and individual presentations and projects
  • exams
  • 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: 17% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 76% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 17% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 78% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 33% by written exams and 67% by coursework
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    Want to start this course this year?

    There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23-9284-8090 or ask us to call you back.

    Want to start this course in 2019?

    To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

    • the UCAS course code – L5C8
    • our institution code – P80

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