Course details

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 date



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.

Terms and conditions:


"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

Throughout the course 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.

You’ll study modules such as:

  • 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

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

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 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.

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.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit


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

"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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Contact us

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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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