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Childhood and Youth BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    L590

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (with foundation)
    4-6 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900 Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

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Overview


Develop your knowledge and understanding of the lives and experiences of children, young people and their families through academic study and work-based learning.

This practical degree supports your academic and professional development to enhance your skills and career prospects. You will explore a range of topics affecting children, young people and their families, for example, mental health, youth offending and poverty.

Updated 14/10/2020

Highlights


  • Spend 120 hours each year working with children, young people and families
  • Achieve additional qualifications such as first aid and mental health awareness
  • The opportunity to take part in national and international study trips
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course*  (*Terms and Conditions apply)
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

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Course Content


  • Children and young people’s services are going through a transformation. The Government agenda has seen the need for a more integrated and responsive service that includes emotional and mental health support for children and young people, extended and out-of-school care, play work, behaviour support and youth justice.

    This course produces graduates who can address these gaps and improve the services available to children, young people, their families and the wider community. Our staff are experienced in the fields of health, law, education, business and social care. External practitioners and experts provide specialist sessions as well, so your studies cover the whole spectrum of working with children and young people.

      • Module code: EDU1022
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to explore the notion that having a happy and healthy childhood is the bedrock that supports children into happy and healthy adulthood. Through enhanced interactive media this module introduces students to tools and skills that can be used in their professional practice.
      • Module code: EDU1023
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce key principles and concepts in law and policy within a historical and socio-political context. The module will develop knowledge understanding and research and enquiry skills to develop an appreciation of the impact of legislation and the relevance to professionals working in children and young people's services.
      • Module code: EDU1025
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the field of childhood and youth. The module explores definitions and understandings of what it means to be a child and a young person. This module seeks to support students to develop the key study skills that are required for undergraduate university study.
      • Module code: EDU1026P
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is for students to complete 120 hours of work based experience in a children and young people?s service setting. Students will enhance their own professional development through self-reflection mentor feedback literature research and tutor formative and summative assessment.
      • Module code: EDU1027
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to support students to understand the holistic development of children and young people. This will allow students to appreciate the interplay of individual and structural factors that shape and influence the development health and learning of children and young people.
      • Module code: EDU1028
        Status: Compulsory
        This module builds on EDU1027 and aims to support students to appreciate how professionals work together towards best outcomes for children and young people. Through exploring the integrated nature and professional / other roles of development health and learning students will develop their own understanding of problem solving within children and young people?s services.
      • Module code: FHS_IPE20
        Status: Compulsory
      • Module code: EDU2015
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will provide students with a grounding in independent research. Students will explore research methods in theory and application and gain practical research experience. A range of paradigms in social science research and related methodologies are investigated including evaluation of the suitability of different research designs methodologies and methods. It will also provide students with underpinning understanding of independent research tools for the Level 6 dissertation.
      • Module code: EDU2022
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to understand the experiences and life chances of children and young people who are in need in need of protection and those looked after by local authorities. A holistic approach to working with children young people and their families is emphasised and the importance of integrated working is illustrated and modelled through assessments.
      • Module code: EDU2023
        Status: Compulsory
        This module is designed to give students an understanding of the issues and debates related to Special Educational Needs and the impact on learners. Module content will focus on the individual perspectives of children young people and learners together with professionals and society in general. Students will be expected to consider and reflect upon their own experiences and their own place within society.
      • Module code: EDU2024
        Status: Designate
        This module is designed to give students an understanding of the issues and debates related to living in a diverse and plural society. The module content will focus on the features and impact of this diversity and will allow students to reflect and analyse a range of contemporary issues related to children young people and families. Students will draw upon experience in various community settings.
      • Module code: EDU2025
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to explore and analyse key transitions experienced by children young people and families. This module considers what makes a `successful? transition and how this can be effectively supported. Initiatives innovations and policies are examined in order to identify examples of good practice.
      • Module code: EDU2027P
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is for students to complete 120 hours of work based experience in a children and young people?s service setting. Students will enhance their own professional development through self-reflection mentor feedback literature research and tutor formative and summative assessment.
      • Module code: EDU2028
        Status: Designate
        This module enables students who participate in trips visits and short exchanges to have credit for the study done whilst on such visits. The module introduces students to the international context of education both as a means of learning about other countries and in order to better understand educational patterns in their home country. The aim of this module is to provide the learner with the opportunity to examine and analyse specific features of the host country to allow for comparative study. This is done in the context of education or services for children and young people.
      • Module code: EDU3034P
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is for students to complete 120 hours of work based experience in a children and young people?s service setting. Students will lead their own professional development through critical self-reflection mentor feedback literature research and tutor formative and summative assessment.
      • Module code: EDU3035
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to engage students in the critical application of theory and practice of social innovation leadership and management to prepare them for future professional roles in children and young people?s services.
      • Module code: EDU3036
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to explore a range of approaches to empower children and young people applying research theory and practice. Students will deepen and extend their knowledge and understanding of children and young people's development through creative and therapeutic provision.
      • Module code: EDU3037
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to examine competing explainations about inequalities social educational and justice theories and the lived experiences of children and young people. This includes considering issues of risk control and outcomes contextualised within national and global systems.
      • Module code: EDU4008
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is for students to investigate in depth a topic of their own choosing within the field of children and young people. In doing so students will demonstrate honours level graduate skills associated with a significant piece of independent research.
  • How will I learn?

    You will learn through the use of seminars, workshops, work-based activities, online learning and self-directed study. We also organise specialist guest speakers to run sessions, for example, exploring the impact of domestic violence. In addition, we arrange study trips, for example to a local prison and to local schools to carry out project work.

    We work hard to ensure you are fully supported during your studies by allocating you a personal tutor, offering regular tutorial support and running assessment workshops.

    How am I assessed?

    There are no exams on this degree. Instead, you will be assessed through a range of methods including essays, reports, case studies, presentations, practical projects and reflective tasks.

    What will my timetable look like?

    Your teaching is consolidated to help make the best use of your time. This helps free up the rest of your timetable for tutorials, working on your assignments and gaining valuable work experience.

    Is there any work based learning?

    This degree supports you to explore different career options. Every year you will complete 120 hours working with children, young people and families, totalling 360 hours by the end of your degree. Drawing on our extensive database we allocate you a setting based on your interests. You will receive mentoring and support to help you make the most out of your work-based experience. Example work-based settings include, youth clubs, family support services, arts-based therapy, children’s homes, sports development programmes, youth offending services, mental health programmes, SEN provision, schools and theatre groups.

    Are there any study trips available?

    There are lots of exciting opportunities to take part in national and international study trips, for example:

    – Study for a term in a European University as part of the Erasmus Programme.
    – Spend one week in Sweden to explore alternative ways of working with children, young people and families.
    – Go to Atlanta in America to explore the civil rights movement.
    – Visit a local prison to hear prisoners’ experiences.

  • A typical offer is CCC at A Level or MMM at BTEC. In addition to general entry requirements, applicants are normally expected to hold English and Mathematics equivalent to a GCSE grade C/4.

    We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications. We will require that you undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and ask that you demonstrate your commitment to working with children and young people, through voluntary work or similar.

    Integrated Foundation Year Entry Requirements

    Admission to this programme is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate).

    Additional costs

    During the programme you will have the opportunity to join a study trip. Previously, these have included a week in Sweden examining alternative models of working with children and young people, and the opportunity to visit Atlanta exploring the origins of the civil rights movement. All the study trips are optional and the costs vary year on year. Typically, this is £500 for Sweden and £1,200 for Atlanta. Students normally allow an additional £100 – £250 for their expenses.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900

    Additional costs

    During the programme you will have the opportunity to join a study trip. Previously, these have included a week in Sweden examining alternative models of working with children and young people, and the opportunity to visit Atlanta exploring the origins of the civil rights movement. All the study trips are optional and the costs vary year on year. Typically, this is £500 for Sweden and £1,200 for Atlanta. Students normally allow an additional £100 – £250 for their expenses.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation Study Framework: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

    MA in Social Work

    MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAHM)

    MSc in Counselling Children and Young People

    MA Special Educational Needs and Inclusion

    Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)

    PGCE Primary Education (5-11) (QTS)

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Careers and Employability


One of the main advantages of this degree is that it supports you to explore a wide range of careers relating to children, young people and families. We will support you during your studies to explore and refine your career path.

As part of the degree, you will have the chance to achieve additional qualifications to help further enhance your CV and to help you stand out in the graduate employment market. For example, you could gain further skills and certification in mental health awareness, mentoring, supporting transitions, facilitating group work, enhancing digital literacy and first aid.

Our graduates have gained employment in a range of areas, for example, as a Youth Offending Officer, Family Support Worker, Mental Health Support Worker, MASH Officer, Youth Worker, Drug and Alcohol Worker, Housing Officer, Residential Keyworker, School Counsellor, Play Worker, Sports Development Officer and as a Primary School Teacher.

Graduate schemes are also a great career option, for example, the Police Graduate Leadership Programme, Explore Learning Assistant Director, Frontline Leadership Development Programme and the Into University Graduate Education Worker Scheme.