University of Portsmouth

BA Hons Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology

If you want to fuse a desire to make a positive impact on children aged 8–18 with a solid understanding of youth justice and law enforcement, this BA (Hons) Children and Youth Studies with Criminology degree is ideal.

Learning from academic researchers and staff who have experience as practitioners in the field, you’ll explore the issues affecting young people and children and get a solid foundation on the role of the criminal justice system and the causes of crime.

You'll focus on young people’s development, learning and relationships, and delve into the complex policies and practices that impact them. You can shape your degree to match your interests and ambitions.

You'll have opportunities to apply your knowledge and make a positive difference to young people on a work placement in year 2 and an optional paid placement year before your final year.

This degree is ideal preparation for rewarding careers in areas such as youth work and youth justice – and offers a pathway into postgraduate training in Probation.

Entry Requirements

A levels – BBB–BCC

UCAS points – 104–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (

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BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM

International Baccalaureate – 25

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

Career Prospects

Societal changes and the coronavirus pandemic have had a major impact on children's behaviour and the way they engage with education. Criminals also continue to take advantage of vulnerable children.

This means there's a significant demand for graduates who have the expert skills and knowledge to work with young people and children in the community.

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

Child and Youth Development
Criminal Justice
Educational Contexts
Understanding Childhoods
Understanding Criminology

Year 2

Penology and Prison
Professional Practice with Children and Young People
Questioning Criminology
Research with Children and Young People
Youth Culture
Optional modules
-Children’s Social Minds
-Development of Learning
-Digital Natives
-Global Childhoods

Year 3

Dissertation / Major Project (Education)
Issues Relating to Children and Young People's Mental Health
Young People’s Relationships and Aspirations
Optional modules
-Black Criminology, Race and the Criminal Justice System
-Critical Penal Studies
-Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
-Forensic Psychology and Mental Health
-Gender and Crime
-Policing: Communities, Intelligence and Information
-Policing: Law, Policy and Practice
-Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders

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