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University of Portsmouth

Childhood and Youth Studies

UCAS Code: L590

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

Entry requirements


96-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

96-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 42 -48.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H4,H4,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

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

DD-D*D*

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

MMM

96-112 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

95%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Education studies

**Overview**

Have you got the enthusiasm for a career working with children, making a positive impact in the lives of young people and developing your knowledge in this vital field?

On this BA (Hons) Children and Youth Studies degree course, you’ll unpack the issues affecting young people across society, and learn how to work with young people and their families, along with the services that support them.

With your expert knowledge and skills, you’ll be set to take on a rewarding career in areas such as youth work, health promotion and therapy.

95% Graduates in work or further study (Unistats data on DLHE 2017)

**What you'll experience**

On this Childhood and Youth Studies degree course, you'll:

- Be taught by experts who bring together years of academic knowledge and practical experience

- Get an expert knowledge of the important issues affecting young people today

- Learn how society will influence the next generation of young people

- Cover topics including child and youth development, diversity and inclusion, culture, education, and families in need

- Develop relationships with future employers through a programme of events and talks from guest speakers

- Get practical experience through work-based placements, connecting theory to practice and exploring the professional skills you’ll need to work with children or young people

- Choose whether to do a dissertation or a practical research project in your final year

- Practise professional meetings in our Family Assessment Room, where you'll learn how parents and children feel during family meetings, and explore your responsibilities as a practitioner.

**Careers and opportunities**

After the course, you can take your expert skills and knowledge into a rewarding career working with young people and children in the community.

Areas you can work in include:

- youth work

- social care

- educational welfare

- health promotion

- teaching (with further study)

- police work

- the voluntary sector

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

- training assessor

- teacher

- employability coordinator

- careers advisor

- schools liaison officer

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

"The lecturers are supportive, interesting and engaging and this really helped me to develop my thinking. Additional extras such as the book club and symposiums helped me to enhance my professional practice and the array of great academic support helped me to enhance my grade. The University provides all round support and now I feel confident and ready to work and support children and their families and excited about the next steps." Gemma Isaj, BA Hons Childhood and Youth Studies student

Modules

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Child and Youth Development
Children, Young People and Social Policy
Enrichment
Equality and Diversity in Practice
Health & Well Being of the Child and Young Person.
Introduction to Educational Contexts

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

Enrichment
Global Childhoods
Professional Practice with Children and Young People
Research with Children and Young People
Youth Culture

Optional modules from this course currently include:

Children's Literature
Children’s Social Minds
Development of Learning
Digital Natives
Gender, Race and Education
Introduction to Teaching
Just Playing?
Modern Foreign Language
Study Abroad

Optional placement year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core units in this year include:

Dissertation / Major Project (Education)
Enrichment
Families in Need
Young People’s Relationships and Aspirations

Optional units in this year include:

Behaviour Matters
Children and Young People with Severe Learning Difficulties
Crime, Justice and Young People
Introduction to Teaching
Issues Relating to Children and Young People's Mental Health
Who's in Charge?
Won't Read, Can’t Read: Failing Readers
Working with Looked After Children

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

essays
group and individual presentations and projects
examinations
a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 85% by coursework
Year 2 students: 5% by practical exams and 95% by coursework
Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

75%
low
Education studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
65%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Childcare and related personal services
17%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
16%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

When you look at employment stats, bear in mind that a lot of students are already working in education when they take this type of course and are studying to help their career development. This means they already have jobs when they start their course, and a lot of graduates continue to study, whilst working, when they complete their courses. If your course is focused on nursery or early years education, a lot of these graduates go into nursery work or classroom or education assistant jobs; these jobs are not currently classed as 'graduate level' in the stats (although they may well be in the future as classifications catch up with changes in the way we work), and many graduates who enter these roles say that a degree was necessary.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Education studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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