Childhood and Youth Studies, BA Hons

Childhood and Youth Studies, BA Hons

The aim of Childhood and Youth Studies is to provide an analysis and critique of the experiences and representations of childhood and youth.

You will be taught by research-active staff and introduced to a range of subject areas (all of which are relevant to understanding children and youth in society), such as psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, the arts, film and children's literature. In addition, we examine contemporary issues and themes, while simultaneously encouraging students to critically reflect upon their own experiences.

You will have opportunities to specialise in your own interests including special needs, technology, childhood and education and working with children, youth and families.

One of the unique features of this degree is the opportunity to study, plan and gain experience within social enterprise, a rapidly growing sector that is increasingly important in working with children and young people. We aim to produce graduates who possess highly developed employability skills, and are ready to be effective members of the workforce.

Childhood and youth studies is aimed at individuals wishing to progress into: social work; youth and community work; teaching and education-related fields; nursing; academia and local government positions.

Aims of the programme

  • To gain an understanding and critical outlook of the concepts and theories which underpin Childhood and Youth Studies, and relate them to professional and international contexts.
  • Provide an awareness of the rights of children and young people, with reference to their role and status in society.
  • Develop skills in recognising how the experiences of childhood and youth is shaped and socially constructed by class, race, gender, disability, sexuality, religion, poverty, region and nationality.
  • Become familiar with the workings and operations of social enterprise within the child and youth sector

UCAS code

X310 A BA/CS


Education & Community Studies


Avery Hill Campus


3 years full-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

260 UCAS points or equivalent

AND at least GCSE English grade C.

Direct entry into Year 3 is available to applicants with a foundation degree in a related area at 55% or above.


Students are assessed through essays, an enquiry project, literature reviews, individual and group presentations, reflective logs, portfolios, posters, blogging, wikis and examinations.

Career options

This programme provides a sound preparation for postgraduate courses in primary or early years teaching, social work, social enterprise, children's nursing, youth and community and play therapy, as well as further academic study to MA or PhD level. Employment opportunities exist in education, health and social care and community settings and also in the early years sector.

Course content

Year 1

  • History of Childhood and Youth
  • Philosophy of Childhood and Youth
  • The Psychology of Childhood
  • The Sociology of Childhood and Youth
  • Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship

Year 2

  • Social Policy and Politics
  • Representations of Childhood and Youth
  • Informal Education
  • Social Enterprise: Addressing Social Need, Creating Social Change

Year 3

  • Special Educational Needs
  • Technology, Childhood and Education
  • Global Childhoods, Young People and Social Justice
  • Creativity, Inclusivity, Pedagogy and Practice
  • Children and Youth in Art, Literature, Culture and Media
  • Social Theory and Education
  • Working with Children, Youth and Families

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

Education and Community Studies

Our Education and Community Studies programmes provide a sound foundation for those wishing to work with or understand the education of children and young people from infant to adult.

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