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Coventry University

Childhood, Youth and Education Studies

UCAS Code: L591

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


Excludes General Studies.

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit or higher. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


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Full-time | 2020

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4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020


Childhood and youth studies

If you would like an opportunity to help create a better future for the next generation, this exciting course is designed to develop the skills, knowledge, sensitivity and understanding to join one of the many professions which deal with social, psychological and educational issues relating to children and young people.

Our multi-disciplinary approach enables you to explore a diverse range of subjects, such as education, sociology, psychology, health and welfare, safeguarding, and policy and practice. This offers you a far deeper insight into the behaviours, attitudes and influences of children and young people in their communities and society at large.

International perspectives on childhood and youth are threaded throughout the course, enabling you to develop a global understanding of how the education, health, wellbeing and the social mobility of children and young people are promoted by practitioners. In addition to the opportunity of international study visits and an international placement, we strive to ensure all modules feature internationally relevant content. For example, we have explored the health needs of a child or young person in a developing country and how political, social and cultural influences may impact these.

Importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to put theory into practice, gaining relevant experience in a range of organisations at home or abroad, which may include charities and social enterprises, together with more traditional settings, like local councils and schools. Past students have undertaken placements working for schools (mainstream and specialist), childcare services, youth projects, social services, homelessness projects and disability support. Our range of international placement settings is currently growing each year, but to-date students have undertaken placements in the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and the United States. As well as developing employability skills, this vital practical experience will increase your understanding of how a wide range of organisations work to develop the aspirations, prospects and quality of life of children and young people.
**Key Course Benefits**
*We offer a range of international study visit opportunities.
*An opportunity to progress to a range of professional and postgraduate courses, some with professional body accreditation, including Social Work, Youth Work, Teaching, (PGCE) and Psychology. Past graduates have studied PGCE in Primary Teaching, MSc in Health Psychology, MA in Post 16 Education, MA in Social Work.
*The course harnesses a practice readiness approach, whereby two professional placements in a children and young people’s setting and support from the employability support and careers team enhances students ability to secure work in a desirable practice area after graduating.
*The Alison Gingell Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring two full size homes which can be used to for workshops mimicking working scenarios with children, young people and their families.
*Access to a course team who currently has first-hand practice experience in various settings, including sociology, psychology, education, social work, careers guidance, youth and community work, in addition to being actively engaged in research and writing in these areas. Please note, the course team is subject to change.
*Opportunity to apply for a sandwich year to study or work in the UK or abroad (subject to availability, application and additional fees).
*Excellent relationships with practice organisations who work with children and young people across the city and West Midlands region. These currently include local primary & secondary schools, early years settings (nurseries), local authority children’s services, youth offending services, youth service and family support.


Your main study themes are:

**Policy Context**: Develops knowledge and critical insights into the policy context that shapes the provision of services to children and young people, at both national and international levels.

**Critical awareness**: Develops a critical awareness of international perspectives on children and young people’s development.

**Interdisciplinary learning**: Study within a truly interdisciplinary learning environment, exploring concepts derived from psychology, sociology and health disciplines.

**Societal challenges**: Explore a range of challenges and issues faced by children and young people, such as safeguarding, exclusion, discrimination and oppression.

**Life skills**: Provides the knowledge and skills, such as mentoring, advocacy, group work and advice and guidance, to develop the life skills of children and young people.

**Work experience**: You have the opportunity to gain work experience with a wide range of providers, including local councils, schools, charities, social enterprises and other services concerned with promoting the health and well-being of children and young people.

Please be aware that some optional modules may require a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) clearance. 

For details about individual modules please visit the course page on our website.

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