BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies

BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies is a practical, work-based course that allows you to gain hands-on experience of working with children and young people aged between 0-19 years. 

Child and Youth Studies provides you with the opportunity to:

  • gain valuable real world experience by undertaking a placement two days each week
  • develop practical skills in areas such as First Aid, Makaton, and Safeguarding. These additional qualifications will enhance your employability
  • study abroad as part of our Erasmus exchange scheme.

Where will it take you?

100% of our Child and Youth Studies graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing this course.

Child and Youth Studies opens up routes into social work, where you will support young people in various educational settings. If you want to become a teacher, you can go on to our 

PGCE course. If you’re interested in leading the Foundation Curriculum, you can apply to study PG Cert Early Years with Early Years Teacher Status (0-5)

Previous graduates have gone on to enjoy careers as Inclusion Officers, Pastoral Managers, Toddler Group Managers, Learning Mentors, and Learning Support Practitioners.

Discover Derby

Derby is a lively, welcoming city packed with vibrant personalities and everything you’ll need as a student – shopping, eating out, nightlife, sports, and entertainment. It’s also one of the UK’s most forward thinking cities, renowned for technology and innovation, and boasts the fastest growing economy in the UK.

Join us at an Open Day

Choosing the right university is a big decision, so we’d love to help by showing you what we have to offer. You can find out more about Child and Youth Studies from our friendly staff, and our current students will be on hand to give you an insight into life at the University of Derby. You can also tour the campus and halls of residence to discover if we’re the university for you.



According to the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), 100% of students were satisfied with the overall quality of the course.