Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Top25for Education**The Guardian University Guide 2020

Take our foundation year route for the ideal introduction to a career working with children and young people. It provides a smooth transition to our highly regarded degree, which boasts impressive employability and student satisfaction rates.

If you don’t have the formal qualifications you need to enter our BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies directly, you can start your studies on our foundation year. It gives you a firm grounding of skills and knowledge, plus a vital introduction to the subject, so that you can achieve your full honours degree in four years. 

Make a difference

Our BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies with Foundation Year equips you with the practical, intellectual and leadership skills for a career where you can have a positive impact on children and young people at the most important stages of their lives.

With its strong emphasis on real-world learning, the course paves the way for you to work with 0-19-year-olds in a variety of professional roles offering immense personal satisfaction.   

Following your broad-based foundation year, you’ll be introduced in stage one of the course to the range of knowledge, values and skills you’ll need on placement and as you progress your studies. We explore the theory that underpins practice in education and care for children and young people.

In stage two, you’ll extend this knowledge by looking at current policy and inter-agency working and by developing your skills in research and reflective practice.

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

This course opens doors 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 or PGCE Post-14.

Inspiring work placements

This highly practical degree draws on our longstanding partnerships with employers across the sector. Throughout your studies, you’ll spend at least 164 days on work placements which we will organise with you. This will give you solid experience of what it is like to work in early years, primary, secondary and tertiary education settings as well as with young people in alternative educational provision.

In stages one and two of the course, your placements will entail working with children and young people across the 0-19 age range. This helps you make more informed choices about where your professional interests and ambitions lie. In stage three, you can select a placement which allows you toconcentrate on your chosen field and tailor your work-based practice to your career aspirations.

From stage one onwards, 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 own workplace as a placement setting.

Broaden your outlook

You will have the chance to consider education from different international and cultural perspectives, including the opportunity 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.

An expert team to guide you

We offer you important insights into the latest thinking and innovative ideas transforming services for children and young people. Our highly experienced academic team represents 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.

You will be inspired by influential researchers and published authors whose specialist interests span many themes, from leadership in early years settings to equality, diversity and inclusion, from youth culture to mentoring and coaching.

The course also features illuminating guest lectures by leading professionals in the sector.

A vibrant learning experience

Ours is a friendly, welcoming study environment. Tutors are approachable, dedicated and passionate about their subject. You can rely on them to provide plenty of encouragement and guidance throughout your studies.

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

Set yourself apart in the job market

We offer you the chance to achieve additional qualifications during your studies, bringing an impressive new dimension to your CV. You could, for instance, gain skills in first aid and the Makaton sign language or you could undertake safeguarding training. 

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

James Sahin, student

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Study Skills for Undergraduate Study
  • Children’s Literature and Education
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Psychology of Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology

If you already have level 2 English and Maths at grades C or above, you will not be required to take English and Maths as core modules.

  • Children’s and Young People’s Development
  • Children’s and Young People’s Education
  • Contextualising Learning and Teaching
  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Integrated Working
  • Research into Learning 
  • Reflective Practice
  • Research Methods and Practice
  • Rights and Responsibilities of Children, Young People and the Family
  • The Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Understanding and Managing Children’s and Young People’s Behaviours
  • Working with Parents, Carers and Communities
  • Independent Study
  • Social Policy: Context and Implications
  • The Professional Practitioner

You’ll also choose two optional modules, such as:

  • Leadership and Management for Practitioners
  • Special Educational Needs and Inclusion
  • Thinking Creatively

From stage one onwards, you’ll undertake a work placement for a minimum of two days per week. By stage three, you’ll usually have a firm idea of the area you’d like to specialise in when you graduate. We’ll support your career aspirations by helping you to gain a placement in your chosen field.

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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Find out more about Child and Youth Studies

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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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

During your foundation year you will be assessed mainly by coursework, and with some in-class tests.

From stage one onwards 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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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*





* 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.

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With its broad focus on supporting children and young people, this course offers an excellent stepping stone to a fulfilling and stimulating career. Because it includes a foundation year, it provides a smooth transition for people who might have previously felt unable to realise their career ambitions through a lack of traditional qualifications.

Our BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies 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 worthwhile careers as teaching assistants, inclusion officers, nursery managers and learning support practitioners.

Our staff are dedicated to improving your career prospects at every stage of the course. 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 would like to train to be a teacher, you can apply to study our PGCE Primary or PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training). If you’re interested in leading the curriculum in the Foundation Stage, you could also apply to study our 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

"The degree is lead and taught by a team of professionals who have a passion to empower the future children’s workforce. As role models their integrity, professionalism, practice and knowledge is inspiring." 

Julie Boothman, student

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

Helen Wilson
Programme leader

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

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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.

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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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