Childhood and Youth Studies, BA Hons

Childhood and Youth Studies, BA Hons

Children are our future, so it's important that we look after them.

The Childhood and Youth Studies degree is perfect for those wishing to progress into: social work; youth and community work; teaching and education-related fields; nursing; psychology; social enterprise, the third sector, academia and local government positions.

This degree provides an analysis and critique of the experiences and representations of childhood and youth. It uses the subject disciplines of sociology, psychology and history to explore childhood. It provides you with opportunities to specialise in your chosen areas, including special needs, technology, childhood and education, psychology and working with children, young people and families.

One of the best things about this degree is the opportunity to study social enterprise. If you are passionate about social change and want to be part of creating a better future for the next generation then this degree is for you. We deliver a unique course in social enterprise which enables you to explore setting up your own social enterprise to help solve some of the challenges young people face, with the ultimate goal of graduating with an established social enterprise and full time graduate employment.

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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