University of Portsmouth

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) Childhood and Youth Studies degree, you’ll unpack the issues affecting young people across society, and learn how to work with young people and their families – and the services that support them – in different capacities.

After you cover core models and theories in year 1, years 2 and 3 give you the chance to tailor your degree to your passions and interests. For example, in areas such as play, digital technology for children, behaviour, and the care system.

When you graduate, your expert knowledge and skills will allow you to take on a rewarding career in areas such as youth work, health promotion, probation, nurseries and social welfare.

Entry Requirements

A levels – BBC–BCC
UCAS points – 104–112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DMM
International Baccalaureate – 25

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

Career Prospects

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)
  • The police
  • The voluntary sector

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Training assessor
  • Teacher
  • Employability coordinator
  • Careers advisor
  • Schools liaison officer

Course Details

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

Becoming a Researcher
Child and Youth Development
Educational Contexts
Rights and Responsibilities
Understanding Childhoods

Year 2

Global Childhoods
Professional Practice with Children and Young People
Research with Children and Young People
Youth Culture
Optional modules
-Children’s Literature
-Children’s Social Minds
-Development of Learning
-Digital Natives
-Gender, Race and Education
-Introduction to Teaching
-Just Playing?
-Learning from Experience (LiFE)
-Modern Foreign Language (IWLP)
-Strategies for Social Change
-Study Abroad
-The Sociology of Education
-Understanding Personal Life
Optional sandwich year
Optional modules
- Work Placement Year
-Study Year Abroad

Year 3

Dissertation/Major Project (Education)
Families in Need
Young People’s Relationships and Aspirations
Optional modules
-Behaviour Matters
-Children and Young People with Severe Learning Difficulties
-Crime, Justice and Young People
-Fairytales and Folktales for Children
-Going Outside Pedagogies for Outdoor Learning
-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

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