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BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies
Why choose this course?
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.
- Boost your career prospects: statistics show that 100% of BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing this course
- Gain a thorough grounding in the skills, values and knowledge you need to work with children and young people up to the age of 19
- Spend two days per week on placement, gaining invaluable practical experience in a variety of settings
- Enjoy the chance to travel abroad and view education from different cultural perspectives
- Draw on the expertise of our enthusiastic academic team and our flourishing network of employer partners
- Prepare for varied career opportunities and progression: this degree is an ideal platform for advancing to postgraduate study and training
- Join a course with a 91% overall satisfaction rating in the latest National Student Survey
- If you complete this course and meet the entry requirements for our PGCE Primary, we will guarantee you an interview - see below for full details.
UCAS code: L531 Start date: September start - Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Only available as a top-up at level 6 (final year): 2 years. January start - Part-time: Only available as a top-up at level 6 (final year): 2 years. UK or EU students only. Course length: Full-time: three years. Part-time: up to six years. Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education
About this course
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.
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 PGCE Primary, 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:
- There are a limited number of places on the PGCE Primary. Once the course is full, applications will close and no further interviews will be held
- Interviews are guaranteed for students who meet the entry requirements for the PGCE Primary, including GCSE grades, degree classification, experience and successful completion of the Skills Tests
- An interview does not guarantee an offer to study on the course
What you will cover
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 Disability
- Thinking Creatively
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.
September 2017 typical entry requirements UCAS points 104 (up to 16 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at or above Grade C (or Grade 4), including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A September 2018 typical entry requirements UCAS points 96-112 (up to 16 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at or above Grade C (or Grade 4), including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
If you have lived outside of the UK in the past five years (excluding holidays), you will need to provide a current satisfactory Certificate of Good Conduct from the country you were resident in. You will need to submit this at your course induction. Further information can be found on the gov.uk website.
An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. Our Admissions team 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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Fees and finance
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£9,250 per year
£1,155 per module
£11,750 per year
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£9,250 per year
£1,155 per module
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.
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.
Careers and employability
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).
What our students say
"The University has helped me in too many ways to list, but some of the main ones would include my confidence, knowledge and experience of working with young people. If you want a course that is diverse, interesting and overall enjoyable, go for it."
Emily Carter, graduate
"The course has opened up a vast array of future opportunities for me and I would advise potential students to consider Derby strongly as a preferred setting to undertake their studies."
Sam Kellogg, graduate
"I found my experience at university life-changing. There were lots of opportunities to network and meet new people."
Katie Wells, graduate
"I really enjoyed the course; I feel like I was given many opportunities to develop my personal and professional practice."
Milly Kellyman, graduate
"The course was extremely helpful. All the staff were friendly and dedicate themselves to helping every student achieve their goals and aspirations."
Ryan Jordan, graduate
"The lecturers were a lovely, caring team who not only acted as tutors, but as someone to talk to about everyday problems. They challenged me to think in different ways and provide support whenever it was needed."
Bobbie Jones, graduate