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Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

UCAS points

112 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start dates

January, September


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

Top25for Education**The Guardian University Guide 2020

With its exceptional track record for employability and student satisfaction, this highly practical course is your route to a rewarding career working with children and young people.

Children’s experiences during their early years create the foundations of who they become. As they mature into young people, their development is shaped by their environment, education and relationships. This course equips you for a career where you can have a positive impact on children and young people at the most important stages of their lives. Working with children and young people is also about supporting them through the multitude of transitions they make towards adulthood. We investigate the distinctive but everyday situations that children and  young people experience in different aspects of their lives such as education, leisure, work and families and the potential impact they can have on the child and  young person’s potential outcomes.

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Prepare for a worthwhile career

With its strong emphasis on real-world learning, BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies paves the way for you to work with 0-19-year-olds in a variety of professional roles. You’ll gain practical, intellectual and leadership skills which will take you far in a sector which offers immense personal satisfaction.  

In stage one of the course, you’ll be introduced to the broad range of knowledge, values and skills you’ll need in your studies and on placement. You’ll focus on the theory that underpins practice in education and care for children and young people. In stage two, you’ll build on this knowledge by exploring current policy and inter-agency working and by developing your skills in research and reflective practice

Stage three allows you to specialise in those areas that capture your own professional interests, including an in-depth independent study. Insights gained through these in-depth studies will help you take on wider responsibilities in your field of practice.

The course serves as a stepping stone to postgraduate study too. Although it does not offer Qualified Teacher Status, many of our graduates choose to apply for places on teacher training courses, such as our PGCE Primary and PGCE Post-14.

Gain practical skills on exciting work placements

This is a practical work-based degree delivered in close partnership with employers across the sector. Throughout your studies, you’ll spend a minimum of 164 days undertaking a range of work placements which we will organise with you. You can gain solid experience of early years, primary, secondary and tertiary education settings as well as working with young people in alternative educational provision.

In stages one and two of the course, you’ll be placed in settings where you’ll work with children and young people across the 0-19 age range. This gives you invaluable opportunities to decide where your professional interests and ambitions lie. In stage three, you can select a placement which allows you to concentrate on your chosen field and tailor your work-based practice to your career aspirations.

We can offer placement experiences in a variety of settings such as children’s centres, multi-agency support teams, primary and secondary schools, pupil referral units, nurture units, outdoor education, alternative education and FE colleges.

If you are a part-time student already in appropriate paid employment, it is possible for you to use your workplace as a placement setting.

Develop a global outlook

We explore education from different international and cultural perspectives, including the chance for you to travel abroad to see how other countries approach child and youth studies.

In previous years our students have been to Amsterdam and Budapest, experiences which have broadened their horizons and built their confidence.

Learn from experienced professionals

Our course is delivered by a highly experienced team who come from a wide range of professional backgrounds including early years, primary and secondary teaching, school and nursery management, social work, youth work and the health sector.

They include influential researchers and published authors, which means your course is shaped by latest thinking and innovative ideas. Our staff have research interests spanning many themes, from leadership in early years settings to equality, diversity and inclusion, from youth culture to mentoring and coaching.

You’ll also be inspired by guest lectures from leading professionals in the children’s and young people’s services sector.

A vibrant learning experience

We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, welcoming learning environment where you will receive plenty of encouragement and guidance. Our tutors are approachable, dedicated and passionate about their subjects.

You’ll learn at our Kedleston Road campus which offers first-rate facilities, including specially designed collaborative learning spaces.

An extra dimension for your CV

As part of the course, you’ll have the chance to achieve additional qualifications which will help set you apart in the graduate job market. You could, for instance, gain skills in first aid and Makaton sign language or you could undertake safeguarding training.

Guaranteed interviews for our PGCE Primary

If you complete this degree and meet the entry requirements for our , we will guarantee you an interview during your final year of undergraduate study (subject to places being available). 

Places on our PGCE are highly sought after, so we recommend you apply as early as possible once UCAS opens.

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"The placements have been fantastic and reaffirmed my passion for working with children and young people."

James Sahin, student

Child and Youth Studies student, Daniel Hill

Chance to travel helped Daniel find his path

Daniel took advantage of the opportunities we offer under the Erasmus+ scheme while on our Child and Youth Studies course.

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What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4FD500

Research Into Learning

This core module is intended to provide students with the study and academic writing skills to engage in the degree programme successfully. This module aims to give students an understanding and an ability to apply key study skills in reading, thinking and writing academically. It forms a foundation for an effective approach to study at degree level.
20 Credits

Code: 4FD501

Developing Professional Practice

In this core module students will develop knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of professionalism in the 0-19 workforce. The notion of reflection will be a common theme throughout the module. Students will develop active skills in reflecting on their own professional practice, considering areas of personal and professional development. The module will also support students in preparation for their work placements.
20 Credits

Code: 4FD502

Integrated Working

In this core module, students will develop an understanding of current legislation, policy and practice in the implementation of an integrated Children’s and Young People’s Service. The value of practitioners working together in a multi-professional way to provide for the needs of children, young people, and their families will be explored.
20 Credits

Code: 4FD503

Children's and Young People's Development

In this core module students will develop knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of key areas of development in children and young people including cognitive, language, physical and social and emotional development. The impact of holistic development on learning and development of children and young people is investigated.
20 Credits

Code: 4FD504

Children's and Young People's Education

This Module explores the legislation and values underpinning the Curriculum such as government policies, frameworks and their implementation in settings. It will consider the taught curriculum and the cyclical process of planning and assessment in supporting children’s and young people’s learning and achievement.

One of the main concepts covered by this module is coming to terms with what is taught in settings and why. As a consequence, a historical perspective is taken on education along with a consideration of the needs of society.

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20 Credits

Code: 4FD505

Contextualising Learning and Teaching

In this core module, students will develop knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of a range of global philosophical approaches to learning and teaching. This module aims to introduce students to the provision and practice in the UK and other countries. Students will critically evaluate practice and compare approaches.
20 Credits

Code: 5FD500

Understanding and Managing Children's and Young People's Behaviour

This core module is intended to develop students’ knowledge of theoretical and practical perspectives on managing the behaviour of learners (0-19).

Students will critically consider the meaning of ‘behaviour’ within the context of children and young people and the work setting, considering the impact of behaviour on learners’ holistic development.

Students will develop an appreciation of an array of biological and environmental influences on children’s and young people’s behaviour, evaluating the relationship between these influences and the behaviours exhibited.

Students will consider ways in which the behaviour of learners can be managed, critiquing approaches, strategies and responses to promote desirable behaviours.

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20 Credits

Code: 5FD501

Reflective Practice

This module builds upon the reflective knowledge, skills, and understanding of professional development and reflective practice students have developed in the Level 4 module Developing Professional Practice, and further extends students’ personal development planning which began in this module. This module expands this notion by enabling students to evaluate a process of change they have been involved in within their work setting/placement.
20 Credits

Code: 5FD502

Working with Parents Carers and Communities

In this module, students will develop knowledge and understanding of working with parents, carers, and communities. The concept and value of ‘parental partnership’ and ‘parental involvement’ will be critically examined. Approaches to achieving effective partnerships to support children’s holistic development will be discussed through work-based practices.
20 Credits

Code: 5FD503

Rights and Responsibilities of Children, Young People and the Family

In this core module, students will develop a knowledge and understanding of the rights and responsibilities of children, young people, and the family within the legislative framework. Policy and provision in respect of keeping children and young people safe and protected will be examined through work-based examples of practice. The roles of multi professionals working together for the benefit of children, young people, and their families is critically discussed and examined.
20 Credits

Code: 5FD504

The Health and Well-being of Children and Young People

This core module aims to develop students’ knowledge of concepts of health and wellbeing as they apply to children and young people in contemporary society. Throughout the module, a strong emphasis is placed on poverty and its’ resultant inequalities in health, the policy context including children and young people’s rights to health and the role of practitioners working with children and young people in promoting their health and wellbeing.
20 Credits

Code: 5FD505

Research Methods and Practice

This module is intended to provide students with knowledge and understanding of primary and secondary research, research methodology, methods and ethics, and to examine the impact research has on professional practice across the 0-19 age phase. This module forms the foundation for the student’s independent study as part of Level 6.
20 Credits

Code: 6FD500

The Professional Practitioner

In this module students will critically evaluate the development of the professional practitioner role within the 0-19 sector. The importance of effective communication and multi professionalism will be outlined and the application of theoretical and professional perspectives in reflexive, ethical and collaborative practice will be explored. Opportunities and implications for professionals acting as effective change agents working in partnerships will be critically analysed. Current Legal Frameworks and professional standards that are required to work with children and young people (CWDC) that highlight professional competencies will be critically examined.
20 Credits

Code: 6FD501

Social Policy: Context and Implications

In this module students will develop a knowledge and understanding of how social policy informs the practice affecting the rights and responsibilities of children, young people and the family within the legislative framework. Throughout the module you will look at historical developments in social policy. This will help you to understand how present day social policy has evolved. The impact of ideology and political agenda on social policy and practice will be critically evaluated.
20 Credits

Code: 6FD999

Independent Study

The focus of this module is an independent study (dissertation) which will be referred to as a primary research-based project (PRBP). This will be developed from the student’s individual interests within the 0-19 sector.

The module offers opportunities for student choice and autonomy in the selection of an area of study so that a personal, professional or work-based interest is pursued. The primary research-based project will enable students to investigate in greater depth a key issue which relates to their current knowledge of the 0-19 sector and professional practices associated with their work setting/placement. Through a critical comparison of alternative research methodologies, research methods and the presentation of valid/reliable primary and secondary research findings, this module will further develop students’ skills in research and inform their work-based/placement provision.

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40 Credits

Code: 6FD502

Thinking Creatively

In this option module students will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of creativity as a concept, a process and a product for children’s and young people’s learning, development and well being within an educational context.

Students will gain a critical appreciation of the various types of creativity and the theoretical perspectives which underpin these. Students will consider the application of creativity and associated practices across the 0-19 sector, critically reflecting on the implications and impact of these on provision in the sector for both practitioners and service users. Students will also critically reflect on their own professional creative practice, considering areas of personal and professional development.

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20 Credits

Code: 6FD503

Special Educational Needs and Inclusion

In this option module, students will critically analyse current values and attitudes surrounding special educational needs and inclusion critically reflecting on current practice. This module will explore the complex nature of special educational needs and inclusion and examine the importance of accurate diagnosis in meeting individual needs and strategies presently used in child and youth services to promote inclusion.
20 Credits

Code: 6FD504

Leadership and Management for Practitioners

In this module students will critically reflect upon the role of a leader, manager and team member through a critical examination of the skills and abilities required for effective leadership and management in children’s and young people’s services.

This module will explore and critically evaluate a range of leadership styles such as democratic and autocratic approaches and the importance of effective communication, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. Motivational theory and the impact of coaching and mentoring on individual and team performance will be critically analysed and evaluated.

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20 Credits

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, and work-based activities. You’ll also have placements in either early years, primary, secondary, or tertiary education. This will give you the opportunity to apply the theory to your practical experiences. Throughout your time with us, you’ll receive plenty of support from our team.

How you're assessed

There are no exams, so you’ll be assessed through a range of reflective tasks, creative presentations, essays, portfolios, and reports.

"Due to the advice and support of the amazing lecturers, plethora of opportunities during the three years and the placement element, I have flourished as an individual and a practitioner."

Kelsey Grigg, student

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Outdoor Learning Space

Learn how to apply education in an outdoor setting, using nature to improve the personal, social and technical skills of children.

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Helen Wilson

Helen Wilson
Programme leader

Helen is Programme Leader for our BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies course.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.5 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Academic Achievement Scholarship

We’re offering eligible students a £1,000 scholarship to celebrate your hard work and success.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*




* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Full-time students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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100%overall satisfaction - Child and Youth Studies**National Student Survey, 2019

With its broad focus on supporting children and young people, this course offers an excellent route into a fulfilling and stimulating career. It could be your springboard to roles in social work, family intervention, behavioural inclusion, mentoring, supporting students with SEN and providing pastoral care for students in educational settings.

Our graduates are now pursuing successful careers as teaching assistants, teachers, inclusion officers, family support workers, counselling, careers guidance, nursery managers and learning support practitioners.

We are committed to improving your career prospects at every stage of the course: the 100% employment record of our graduates speaks for itself. The additional qualifications you can gain – in skills such as first aid, Makaton and safeguarding – make your CV stand out further still.

Please note that this course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status. However, if you’d like to train to be a teacher, you will be guaranteed an interview for our PGCE Primary if you meet the entry requirements. 

You could also apply to study our PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training) or PG Cert Early Years with Early Years Teacher Status (0-5).

"The modules on the course have enabled me to enhance my professional development and become more confident in persuing my dream of becoming a teacher."

Cait Langton, student

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Child and Youth Studies is a fantastic degree for anyone who has a passion to work with and make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people.

Julie Boothman
Child and Youth Studies student

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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