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 2022

Overview

Learn the skills and get the workplace experience you need to give children their best start in life – whatever their circumstances – on this Childhood and Youth studies degree.

You'll discover how factors such as the education system, youth culture, the Coronavirus pandemic and social media affect children's development. You’ll also have the chance to explore specialist topics such as outdoor education, safeguarding and the role of play in a child’s development.

Develop the knowledge and skills to support children with special educational needs (SEN) and those from a care background, making sure no child misses out on the educational and development opportunities available to them.

After the course, you’ll be set for a career supporting children and their families in areas such as youth work, social care and education.

Course highlights

  • Get at least 60 hours of experience working with children in your second year with the option of a placement year between years 2 and 3
  • Learn from lecturers with diverse professional backgrounds – from youth work and policing to teaching and SEN
  • Gain current insights from your lecturers’ research on themes such as child bereavement, the impact of the pandemic on education and the role of digital tools in supporting learning and wellbeing
  • Develop relationships with potential employers through events and workshops with organisations such as an immersive theatre company and a charity that helps children develop life skills through sport
  • Build a professional eportfolio featuring examples of your work – essential for standing out in the job market after the course
TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework
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90% of graduates in work or further study 15 months after this course (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19)

Endorsed by:

You can choose modules that lead to the exit award BA Childhood and Youth Studies with Social Pedagogy. This pathway is endorsed by the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA), which means you can graduate as a "Social Pedagogy Practitioner".

This demonstrates that you meet the SPPA's Standards of Proficiency, which are central to developing relationship-centred, dialogic practice that supports children and young people, particularly those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged.

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies degree entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – BBB–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–120 points (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

See full entry requirements and 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

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

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.

Your facilities

Colourful plastic children's toys

Play room

Explore childhood experiences and approaches to working with parents and families, using equipment found in nurseries, pre-schools and reception classes.

Sensory room

Use a variety of materials for babies and children to explore sensory stimulation, sensory integration, and therapeutic approaches to play, social work and family partnerships. 

Family suite

Simulate family interactions and explore intervention strategies, and use our Therapeutic Play suite

Careers and opportunities

There will always be a demand for skilled and knowledgeable professionals to work with children and young people.

As well as specialist expertise, this course helps you develop transferable skills valued by all kinds of employers, such as:

  • teamworking
  • communication
  • self-organisation
  • time management
  • resilience

What areas can you work in with a childhood and youth studies degree?

After the course, you could work in areas such as:

  • youth work
  • social care
  • educational welfare
  • probation
  • teaching (with further study)
  • policing

Graduate destinations

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • nursery manager
  • family support worker
  • training assessor
  • employability coordinator
  • careers advisor
  • teacher
  • schools liaison officer

Placement year (optional)

In addition to your compulsory placements during year 2, you can also choose to do a paid work placement year in-between years 2 and 3. This lets you put your new skills to work while developing valuable links with employers.

However long you do a placement for, it’s fantastic for your CV and will really help you stand out when applying for jobs after graduation. Mentoring and support throughout your placement will help you to get the most from the experience.

Securing a placement

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. We have strong links with a wide variety of placement providers including colleges, schools, other educational institutions, and charities in the UK and abroad.

Previous placement destinations

Previous students have secured placement positions at organisations such as:

  • Active Communities Network – a sport for development charity
  • Home-Start – helping families through challenging times
  • Pompey Pirates – making reading and writing fun
  • National Citizen Service – personal and social development for 16-17 year-olds
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Motiv8 South – supporting life chances for young people
  • Barnardos

Studying abroad

You can choose to use your placement year to extend your studies abroad. We have close links with universities in countries such as:

  • Australia
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Italy
  • Panama
  • Spain
  • Sweden

What you'll study

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.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll design and complete a small group research project, which has clear and narrow scope, and is based on collaboration. You'll use one of the research approaches you've been introduced to to gather data and given the opportunity to apply one of the research lenses you've been introduced to in your assessments.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Design a viable group research project
  • Evaluate different research methods and paradigms
  • Reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of different research methods and approaches to research
  • Assess a range of qualitative research methods for use in research with children and young people in the social sciences
Teaching activities
  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 24 hours of 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:

  • an oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (50% of final mark)

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 take a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding what education is, and how it is influenced by historical, social, political, economic, ideological, theoretical and international factors.You'll explore contexts such as the development of education over time, inequalities in education, the curriculum and assessment, and how children learn. You'll look at different types of educational establishments in both the private and public sectors, including adult, higher, special, alternative and community education spaces. 

What you’ll learn

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

  • Describe how the development of the British education system has been influenced by social, economic, political and international factors.
  • Distinguish between different types, purposes and practices of educational establishments in the past and in modern times.
  • Reflect on the value systems and ideologies that have influenced the development of British and international education over time.
  • Identify key theoretical influences on British and international educational processes.
  • Draw comparisons on the impact of education and educational change on different people over time.
Teaching activities
  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 24 hours of 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 2,000-word written assignment including essay (70% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute presentation (30% of final mark)

What you'll learn

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

  • Identify and examine a range of factors which can impact on human rights and responsibilities
  • Describe human, moral, legal and political rights, freedoms and equalities
  • Explain potential inequalities in national and international social policy and make recommendations for change
  • Situate self and educators within practice to evaluate and inform appropriate and ethical pedagogic approaches
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and seminars.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 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 ten-minute oral assement and presentation (50% of total marks)
  • a 2,000-word essay (50% of total marks)

What you'll do

You'll develop a critical and reflective knowledge and understanding of childhood while questioning its principles, practices and boundaries. You'll critically engage with relevant topics and debates while developing key academic skills. This module will give you foundational learning of the topic, and encourage you to engage in ongoing personal, academic and professional development and to reflect on this process.

What you'll learn

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

  • Appreciate what different disciplines offer for understanding childhoods
  • Discuss issues pertaining to inclusivity
  • Engage in reflection about the topics under discussion
  • Identify key concepts in relation to the study of childhood
  • Engage in reflection on continuing personal, professional, and academic, development
Teaching activities
  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 22 hours of seminars
  • 11 hours of tutorials
  • 6 hours of practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 339 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 (20% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 10-minute oral assessment and presentation (20% 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
  • 60 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 organise your own programme of learning activities to total at least 80 hours, supported by faculty-led workshops.

What you'll learn

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

  • Reflect on your learning and experience to date and use this to organise suitable work experience
  • Propose a programme of learning that will demonstrate and develop your employability skills
  • Critically evaluate your learning and experience and relate this to your future career goals
  • Use reflective practice to communicate the results of your experience
Teaching activities
  • 9 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 80-hours of work-based learning
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 180 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 4,000-word coursework report (100% 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 do

Taking a historical perspective, you'll compare and contrast strategies that have been used in different historical and social circumstances. You'll review materials that examine the role of young people in social change and the extent to which practitioners of social teaching methods (pedagogy) should become involved in supporting young people in this role.

You'll have the opportunity to examine different forms of activism including how social pedagogy practitioners can work within their own organisations to ensure the organisations remain relevant to the needs of young people.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Analyse the concept of social change and the role of young people in bringing about change in the UK and elsewhere
  • Identify strategies used by activists in the UK and international movements, and analyse the reasons for their success or failure
  • Consider the practical and ethical concerns for practitioners of social teaching methods when working with young people who want to bring about social change
  • Research and develop a change plan in response to a contemporary social issue or organisational deficiency using a systems approach
Teaching activities
  • 12 hours of lectures
  • 6 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 6 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 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 (30% of final mark)
  • a 500-word report (10% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word set coursework exercise (60% 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)

What you'll do

You'll learn about key authors and theoretical concepts and examine school practices, what students learn, and how schools fit into wider society. You'll consider how schooling challenges and supports existing systems of state governance and economic inequality, and examine sociological debates such as those that understand education as a form of social control.

You'll also consider the roles of class, gender, race, religion, disability and additional needs, and relationships with the sociology of work.

What you'll learn

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

  • Plan to combine and evaluate academic sources and relevant evidence
  • Critically review key theoretical and empirical debates about the sociology of education
  • Examine ideas about the sociology of education from relevant sources
  • Assess the relationship between education and other facets of contemporary society
  • Evaluate the current state of knowledge of education from a sociological perspective
Teaching activities
  • 12 hours of lectures
  • 12 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 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 500-word written assignment including essay (20% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (80% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll discover theories and methods you can use to build on your existing knowledge. You'll consider generational shifts and experiences of young people while evaluating different frameworks and approaches, and considering their application to everyday lived experiences. Underpinning the module is an awareness of inclusivity, diversity, citizenship and social justice.

You'll also have the opportunity to pursue your own interests through researching and presenting on a specialist topic of your choice.

What you'll learn

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

  • Critically engage with key theories and concepts in the field of personal life
  • Evaluate methodological approaches to researching Personal Life
  • Explore in detail an identified area of interest
  • Demonstrate learning through oral and written communication
  • Critically reflect on the learning undertaken
Teaching activities
  • 11 hours of lectures
  • 24 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 165 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 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (20% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word written assignment including essay (40% 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 2,500-word written assignment including essay (70% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute group presentation (30% 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:

  • two 2,000-word written assignments including essay (each 50% 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 focus on young people’s voices and perspectives over what counts as crime, and their views of what 'justice' would look like. You'll get the chance to attend sessions with professionals working with young people. You'll also have the opportunity to engage with the views of former youth gang members and young people who have been in prison, who will provide a very practical insight on youth crime and justice.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Critically analyse concepts of youth crime
  • Evaluate the contributions young people make to society
  • Examine how underlying moral issues impact on young people’s social practices
  • Assess the importance of political intervention on youth crime
Teaching activities
  • 12 hours of lectures
  • 12 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 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 2,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll reflect on your attitudes and experiences in the outdoors and how these experiences shape our approaches to teaching methods in education. Learn how to carry out effective risk-benefit analyses and how to frame your approach to risk as enabling children, young people, and adults.

The module also encourages healthy debate about the ecological challenges facing us and how we might shape educational practice and policy as a step to action.

What you'll learn

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

  • Critically discuss knowledge of relevant theories, philosophies and concepts about outdoor education
  • Develop a critical awareness of the role of risk in decision making and learning
  • Critically apply theories of adventure learning
  • Critically reflect on the child’s and the practitioner’s experience of outdoor education
Teaching activities
  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 22 hours of seminars including fieldwork
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 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 2,000-word practical exercise (50% of final mark)
  • a 30-minute practical skills assessment (50% 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 explore topical issues focusing on diverse management, leadership, and professional and logistical matters in a rapidly changing children and young person's workforce. Given the move to a more diverse and inclusive model of working with children and young people, you'll examine the reason for continued multi-agency working and inspection, and its impact.

This module is preparation for working in complex environments with professionals with overlapping and sometimes competing priorities and cultures.

What you'll learn

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

  • Critically evaluate different perspectives and effects of leadership and management in various professional settings with reference to theoretical models
  • Analyse the challenges of managing activities for children and young people in the context of shifting/changing policy
  • Demonstrate a range of professional communication skills
Teaching activities
  • 12 hours of lectures
  • 12 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 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 1,500-word set coursework exercise (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll examine the process of learning to read at reading practices both at home and at school. You’ll develop an understanding about the various socio-economic factors that impact a child’s ability to learn how to read and the strategies that are put in place to support failing readers while drawing on crucial theoretical underpinnings to reinforce your learning.

What you'll learn

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

  • Critically assess the relationships between historical and philosophical issues relating to literacy
  • Evaluate and synthesise the development of literacy and barriers to literacy acquisition including oracy, reading, writing and spelling
  • Compare and contrast critical approaches to understanding issues underpinning the current UK curriculum focus in schools and colleges
  • Critically engage with issues around supporting literacy in families and the wider community
Teaching activities
  • 4 x 1-hour seminars
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 8 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 2,000-word written assignment (60% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% 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.

"Lecturers are supportive as well, if you've got any questions or worries..."
Discover Samantha's highlights of studying a BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies degree, and her favourite part of Portsmouth's beachside location.

00:00:00 I love studying my course because I
00:00:02 look after all different age ranges
00:00:03 so I'm not constricted just to one
00:00:05 age range.

00:00:05 The lecturers are supportive as well
00:00:07 so if you've got any questions about 
00:00:08 assignments or any other worries
00:00:10 they're just really supportive.

00:00:12 The one thing I love about Portsmouth
00:00:13 is that when things do get a little bit 
00:00:16 stressful you've got the beach and for 
00:00:18 me that is really relaxing because 
00:00:21 it's just a place you sit down sometimes
00:00:23 and you just look out and you can see
00:00:25 Isle of Wight and it's really lovely
00:00:27 and relaxing

 

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • group-based activities
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • individual and group presentations
  • projects
  • e-learning
  • interactive lectures

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

For any queries or questions outside scheduled teaching, you can reach teaching staff by email and get a timely response. Most also allow you to drop by their office at set times of the week or by arrangement.

Teaching staff profiles

Jodie Pinnell

Jodie Pinnell, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer

Creativity and an organic approach to learning embody my professional and personal beliefs. With a passion for the outdoors and both formal and informal teaching approaches, I strive to innovate my practice.

I have experience working in various educational environments, including outdoor settings (UK and abroad), multi-day expeditions, outdoor activities, formal education environments, and online.

My research interests are mainly ‘action centred’ and currently encompass technology and learning, outdoor learning, and pastoral care for undergraduate students.

Emma Louise Maynard

Dr Emma Maynard, Senior Lecturer

I joined the University in 2010 having left a career in social care, where I specialised in Early Help practice. I now apply theoretical and empirical research to practice, focused on children and families leading complex lives.

As a Doctor of Education and a Chartered Psychologist, my research interests include social complexity and health, change and transformation in complex families, and the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and families.

I have created intervention approaches for working with children and families, and my pilot project Family Stories: Empowering Transition to Sustained Change with Complex Families is currently in place in Portsmouth with the Early Help and Prevention Service.

My teaching is focused on children and families, safeguarding and psychology in practice settings. I take a strong interest in the wellbeing of our students.

Aerial photo of Portsmouth

Dr Simon Edwards, Senior Lecturer and pathway leader for Childhood and Youth Studies with Social Pedagogy

My background is in youth work and teaching. Before becoming a researcher, I worked with excluded students and taught pupils with special educational needs. I’ve since trained some of those former excluded students and their parents to become researchers themselves. The researchers in the teaching team, former headteachers and youth work colleagues set up a youth charity with Simon in 2020 called Beyond the School Gates that supports excluded young people to re-engage their education.

Today, as well as lecturing in the School of Education and Sociology, I am a module leader on the Professional Doctorate programme and PhD supervisor. I’m also involved in research development across the School. My research interests include alternative education, inclusion, youth and social media, democratic citizenship and youth voice, and qualitative research methods.

Aerial photo of Portsmouth

Pip Sutton, Lecturer

Before becoming a lecturer and researcher, I had careers in the police force and in education as a headteacher.

My research interests include gender and masculinity. For example, I've examined masculinity in the context of trans narratives, exploring the shifts in 'accepted' notions of what it is to be masculine in the 21st century.

Assessment

  • essays
  • presentations and projects
  • examinations
  • a dissertation or major project

We review assessment methods regularly to make sure the way you’re assessed aligns with the latest educational policies and initiatives.

We also put emphasis on allowing you to develop transferable and creative skills through assessment, which you can use in your career – for example by developing your own website or producing a video.

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 will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous academic year of how students on this course were typically assessed:
  • 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

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.

We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your 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 dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

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 support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Types of support

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

You'll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.

If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials. Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.

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 require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

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.

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 In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,200 a year (subject to annual increase)

You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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 2022, 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

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. 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 abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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