Childhood and Youth Studies, BA Hons

  • If you want to work with children in a rewarding career, we help you develop the essential skills for graduate employment
  • For those wanting to be their own boss, you will explore setting up your own social enterprise
  • Gain a solid understanding of children’s rights taught by leading experts in the field.



This degree provides an analysis of the experiences of childhood and youth. It uses the subject disciplines of sociology, psychology and history to really explore childhood, and will provide you with opportunities to specialise in your chosen areas.

If you are passionate about social change and want to be part of creating a better future for the next generation, this degree gives you the opportunity to study social enterprise. Here you will explore setting up your own social enterprise to help solve some of the challenges young people face, with the ultimate goal of graduating with an established enterprise and full time employment.

During your time with us you will gain an awareness of the rights of children and young people, with reference to their role and status in society. You will develop essential skills in recognising how the experiences of childhood and youth are shaped by class, race, gender, disability, sexuality, religion, poverty, region and nationality.

This degree will open doors to many employment opportunities. It is particularly fitting for those looking to progress into youth and community, psychology, social enterprise, the third sector and even local government positions. 

Alternatively it also provides a sound preparation for postgraduate courses in primary or early years teaching, social work, children's nursing and play therapy, as well as further academic study to MA or PhD level.

What you'll study

For information on courses for this programme click here.

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

104 UCAS points, of which no more than 10 points should come from AS-levels.

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

  • BTEC Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced and Progression Diplomas
  • Access courses.

PLUS GCSE English language with a minimum of grade C is required.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education.

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition

Direct entry to Year 3 is available for qualified applicants.

We welcome applications from mature students.

What people say

Throughout my time at Greenwich the lecturers have been amazingly dedicated, providing us with a high level of education and support. My personal tutor in particular is always available to support me with any of my concerns.

Loretta E T Tanor
BA Hons Childhood and Youth Studies

My lecturer's communication and support around employability and future careers has been good. I also like that Greenwich has a campus feel in London!

Isabel Upton,
BA hons Childhood and Youth Studies

My lecturers were very kind and always willing to meet me when I had a problem or did not clearly understand something. Year three was quite an emotional roller-coaster but my personal tutor was available to support me emotionally as well as academically. I am now working for the University of Greenwich as a senior lecturer, programme leader and more recently DHoD.

Gemma Mansi
BA Hons Childhood Studies
Deputy Head of Education and Community Studies 
Programme Leader

Extra information


Students are assessed through:

  • Essays
  • An enquiry project
  • Literature reviews
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Reflective logs
  • Portfolios
  • Posters
  • Blogging
  • Wikis
  • Examinations.


This programme provides a sound preparation for postgraduate study in primary and early years teaching, social work and children's nursing, as well as academic study to an MA or PhD. Career opportunities
exist in education, health and social care, local government and community settings as well as in
the early years sector, social enterprise, youth and community and play therapy.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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How to apply

Avery Hill Campus

Situated in Avery Hill Park in Eltham, this campus combines the grace of a Victorian mansion with modern living and teaching facilities.

New Eltham and Falconwood (approx. 20 walk)

TFL buses frequently run closeby.

Free 15 min stay parking available on campus. 'Pay and display' car parks nearby.

Campus bus service between campuses.

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