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Childhood and Youth BA (Hons)

With a focus on children and young people aged 8-25 years, this multi-disciplinary degree will provide you with valuable vocational experiences and allows you to explore a diverse range of professional roles alongside your academic study. Compulsory placements across the programme allow you to try out these areas of work. Placements are integral to the programme and embed understanding of the taught content and link to assessments. Placements, in the first year, are undertaken for one day a week (or the equivalent) throughout the year and in blocks of placements in year 2 and 3. This provides you with invaluable experience, allows chosen interests to be pursued and enhances employment opportunities.

Example placements are working with young parents, social care/children’s homes, sports development, services for looked after children, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties schools, youth theatre, after school clubs and special schools. The programme also offers you the exciting opportunity to study and work in Europe for a whole semester in your second year. Or, as an alternative, we offer a shorter (week) visit at the end of the Spring semester.

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L590 (L591 with Foundation Framework)
BA/CY (BA/CYFY with Foundation Framework)
Waterside Campus
Three years full-time or four to six years part-time (four years full-time with Foundation Framework).

In addition to general entry requirements, applicants are normally expected to hold English and Mathematics equivalent to a GCSE grade C. A typical offer is CCC at A level, MMM at BTEC or 96-104 UCAS points. 

We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications. Enhanced DBS checks are undertaken. Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to work with children and young people, for example, by having undertaken voluntary work.

Foundation Study Framework entry requirements: Admission to this programme is normally DEE at A level, MPP at BTEC or 64 UCAS points. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.