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Childhood and Youth Studies (Extended), BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • This four-year programme is identical to the three-year one, but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements
  • If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this programme is your first step towards graduation
  • The foundation year includes academic writing, computing skills, introduction to the subject and more
  • Located across the university's iconic Greenwich Campus.



Children are our future, so it's important that we look after them.

If you have the ability but not the qualifications, an extended degree is the first step to graduation. This four-year programme is identical to the three-year one, but includes a foundation year, and has a lower entry tariff. It will prepare you for social work, youth and community work, teaching and education-related fields, nursing, academia and local government positions.

Foundation year

The foundation year will be taught at our Greenwich campus, the following three years will be taught at our Avery Hill campus.

The foundation year is designed to give you:

  • A thorough introduction to childhood and youth studies
  • Essential computing skills
  • Improved communication
  • Academic writing skills
  • An understanding of ethics, enterprise and leadership
  • The ability to manage your studies independently.

Social enterprise

Childhood and Youth Studies provides an analysis and critique of the experiences and representations of childhood and youth. One of the unique features of this degree is the opportunity to study, plan and gain experience within social enterprise, a rapidly growing sector that is increasingly important in working with children and young people.


We aim to produce graduates who possess highly developed employability skills and are ready to be effective members of the workforce. You will have opportunities to specialise in your own interests including special needs, technology, childhood and education and working with children, youth and families.

Your degree

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


Located at the university's prestigious Greenwich Campus, the Childhood and Youth Studies Extended programme has world renowned attractions right on its doorstep from the Cutty Sark to Greenwich Park. 

With the opening of the highly anticipated Dreadnought Building on the horizon, not only will you study in the heart of Greenwich Campus, but you will also have access to state-of-the-art learning, teaching and social spaces.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Applicants would normally apply with the equivalent of 64 UCAS points (or above), plus GCSE English and maths grade C or 4 (or above).

This might include:

  • Applications from those with an A‐level background if the applicant has two D grades and one E grade (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an AS-level background if the applicant has studied three/four AS subjects and achieved at least three C grades (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an International Baccalaureate (Certificate or Diploma) background if the applicant has at least 20 points arising from at least three relevant subjects
  • Other qualifications, which will be considered on application.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non‐UK educational background:

International applicants will need to show qualifications equivalent to those required for UK student entry requirements. Further to this, applicants should have:

  • Successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education
  • The ability to demonstrate competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • The ability to demonstrate English language capability to an equivalent of IELTS 5.5 or above, with no skill below 5.5.

A desire to study in the UK university system is expected, but some applicants may need a year to adapt to the UK higher education system.

Applicants who have no IELTS skill less than 5.5, but do not meet IELTS 6.0 overall will take the following two additional courses which are designed to support them:
English for Academic Purposes 1               15 credits
English for Academic Purposes 2               15 credits

These 30 credits are in place of credits from other courses. Such students therefore study a total of 120 credits. Where students with IELTS 6.0 overall choose to take these courses, the 30 credits will be additional to other credits. Such students therefore study a total of 150 credits.

These courses are run by the Department of Literature, Language and Theatre in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities at the Avery Hill Campus.

For more information, contact or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Applicants would normally be a minimum of 17 years of age, but entry at younger age is a
    possibility for the highest quality applicants
  • Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing their relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability. Applicants following this method may be asked to complete additional application processes
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

For more information, please contact us.

Extra information


Your teaching and learning will be achieved through a blend of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group work
  • Independent reading and research
  • Directed study
  • Presentations
  • Action learning sets
  • Blogging
  • Online collaborative projects
  • Case studies.

Assessment methods will include:

  • Essays
  • Enquiry projects
  • Literature reviews
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Reflective logs
  • Portfolios
  • Posters
  • Blogging
  • Wikis
  • Exams.


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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