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Childhood and Youth Studies, BA Hons

This childhood and youth studies degree opens doors to many career opportunities, from community and local government roles to social enterprise.

Our childhood and youth studies degree will develop your understanding of the rights of children and young people and their status in society. You will learn to recognise how the experiences of childhood and youth are shaped by factors such as class, race, region and nationality.

Taught by experts in the field, this course uses sociology, psychology and history to explore childhood. You can also gain experience within social enterprise, a rapidly growing sector that uses commercial strategies to make a difference to the lives of children and young people.

You have the option to take a pathway in education to develop a deeper understanding of education in the context of children and young people. The assessment is more education-focused and you graduate with a BA Hons Childhood and Youth Studies (Education).

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

X310 A BA/CS

Concerned about grades?

We offer an extended degree in this subject that you can access with lower entry requirements.

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich

Start month

September

UK/international fees

2019/2020 fees

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2020/2021 fees

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What you should know about this course

  • 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.
  • Choose to study the course with our education pathway for the opportunity to pursue a career in education

Throughout my time at Greenwich the lecturers have been amazingly dedicated, providing us with a high level of education and support.

- Loretta E T Tanor, Childhood and Youth Studies, BA Hons

Childhood & Youth Studies, BA Hons


Want to find out what studying Childhood & Youth Studies at the University of Greenwich is like? Hear from one of the academics who teaches the course, Gemma Mansi.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

We are an experienced team of academics and industry professionals. Trained postgraduate researchers may also contribute to seminar teaching with the latest research insight. Our teaching is informed by research and consultancy work, and 97% of our faculty lecturers hold a teaching qualification. Learn more about our staff here.

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Entry requirements

If you are

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 courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Concerned about grades?

We offer an extended degree in this subject with lower entry requirements. Our extended degrees include a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary by module. Lectures are normally attended by larger groups, and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees. All students will have opportunities for one-to-one time with their tutors.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate around 30 hours a week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, and preparing for tests and exams. Our facilities are designed to support you in these activities.

We encourage you to join societies and participate in sporting and other activities to engage in the wider life of the university community.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assignments and to release examination results within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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2020/2021 fees

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* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and other related safeguarding checks, subject to students undertaking the education endorsement route of the childhood and youth studies programme.

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Field trips: you may need to contribute towards any trips required for your course (estimate, £300).

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

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.

Do you provide employability services?

The Employability & Careers Service (ECS) is committed to supporting our students and recent graduates in their transition towards a rewarding graduate destination. We strive to deliver a professional service with the aim of empowering our students to achieve their potential. We provide the following:

- CV and cover letter checks
- Application support
- One-to-one careers advice
- Interview tips and support
- Careers fairs
- Internships
- Graduate jobs

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Some students may be eligible to participate in the Erasmus+ student exchange course to spend a year abroad. Benefit from international experience and develop proficiency in a European language.

Accommodation information

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