Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology BA (Hons)
BA Hons Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology
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.
92% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)
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
- 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.
What can you do with a Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology degree?
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.
What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology 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.
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
- 10 x 1-hour seminars
- 1,125 hours on placement
On this module, you'll be assessed through:
- a 2,500-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
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.
All my lecturers have worked with children or young people in some way so they always give real-life examples in lectures which really helps.
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.
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.
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
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- group-based activities
- individual and group presentations
- project work
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is 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
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.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
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 modules 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
BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
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.
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.
How to apply
To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code –L5C8
- our institution code – P80
If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
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.