Childhood and Youth BA (Hons)

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3 Years
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Waterside
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September

Overview Updated 06/12/2018

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.

Course

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.

Additional

Information

National and international study trips

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.

Course Details

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.

Read more

Open Days

See for yourself

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Careers

Career Opportunities

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.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Foundation Study Framework 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.

Course Content

From the very start of your course, you will begin developing your personal, academic and professional skills for working with children and young people. You will get a grounding of sociological theory and explore the concept of childhood and youth in contemporary society, as well as undertaking your first work based placement.

  • Children, Young People, Their Rights And The Law (20 Credits)
    Module code: EDU1023
    Core Module Y
  • Promoting Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing (20 Credits)
    Module code: EDU1022
    Core Module Y
  • Introduction to Childhood and Youth (20 Credits)
    Module code: EDU1025
    Core Module Y
  • Work Based Learning in Children and Young People’s Services (20 Credits)
    Module code: EDU1026P
    Core Module Y
  • Development, Health and Learning (20 Credits)
    Module code: EDU1027
    Core Module Y
  • Development, Health and Learning: Working Together (20 Credits)
    Module code: EDU1028
    Core Module Y

Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

Our main aim on this course is to give you a multi-disciplinary view of education, health and social care for children and young people. By focusing on integrated services and professions, we give you career flexibility, backed up by experience in work based learning and fieldwork.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your study

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 (3-7) (QTS)

PGCE Primary Education (5-11) (QTS)

Student Stories

Laura

Laura got a first class BA (Hons) degree in  Childhood and Youth and now works as a Young person’s Drug and Alcohol worker. She engages and supports young people with substance issues, and educates them in making healthier and more positive choices for their futures working with them throughout their recovery.

“The degree, as a whole, has given me a wonderful foundation, upon which to build a successful career – across numerous areas. Having had the chance to work with services in the community, through work based learning placements, I was afforded a wealth of opportunity to network with professionals in a range of roles, observe the pressures that they are under first hand, and develop skills that enable me to work effectively as a practitioner in the children and young people’s workforce.

Student Stories

Erasmus scheme

Simmone McLean was studying for a BA in Childhood and Youth and was in her final year when she decided to spend a semester in the Netherlands as part of the University’s Erasmus+ programme.

Despite initial reservations that being a mother would hinder any travel/study plans, the University of Northampton’s Erasmus team supported her in her academic wishes by working closely with Simmone and with partner staff at HAN to make it a possibility.

This was the first time a University of Northampton student has taken their child on Erasmus+ and indeed it was a first for HAN too!

Read more about Simmone’s experience here.

Fees & Funding

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)

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.

2018/19 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: £9,250
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
Foundation Study Framework: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

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)

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.

2018/19 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: £12,000
Foundation Study Framework: £9,400 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

Foundation Study Framework

Our Foundation Framework courses provide the best possible preparation for degree level study for students who are willing to learn and advance, but don’t have the standard entry qualifications. Featuring a reduced tuition fee for the first year, these course provide the opportunity for you to successfully study on the degree pathway of your choice whilst gaining essential study skills. The first year of your chosen degree will be studied over a two year period; years three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

Visit our Foundation Framework page to learn more.


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Updated 06/12/2018

  • 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.

    Course

    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.

  • 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.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    National and international study trips

    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.

    • See for yourself

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Career Opportunities

      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.

  • 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.

    Foundation Study Framework 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.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • From the very start of your course, you will begin developing your personal, academic and professional skills for working with children and young people. You will get a grounding of sociological theory and explore the concept of childhood and youth in contemporary society, as well as undertaking your first work based placement.

    • Children, Young People, Their Rights And The Law (20 Credits)
      Module code: EDU1023
      Core Module Y
    • Promoting Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing (20 Credits)
      Module code: EDU1022
      Core Module Y
    • Introduction to Childhood and Youth (20 Credits)
      Module code: EDU1025
      Core Module Y
    • Work Based Learning in Children and Young People’s Services (20 Credits)
      Module code: EDU1026P
      Core Module Y
    • Development, Health and Learning (20 Credits)
      Module code: EDU1027
      Core Module Y
    • Development, Health and Learning: Working Together (20 Credits)
      Module code: EDU1028
      Core Module Y
    • Further your study

      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 (3-7) (QTS)

      PGCE Primary Education (5-11) (QTS)

    • Laura

      Laura got a first class BA (Hons) degree in  Childhood and Youth and now works as a Young person’s Drug and Alcohol worker. She engages and supports young people with substance issues, and educates them in making healthier and more positive choices for their futures working with them throughout their recovery.

      “The degree, as a whole, has given me a wonderful foundation, upon which to build a successful career – across numerous areas. Having had the chance to work with services in the community, through work based learning placements, I was afforded a wealth of opportunity to network with professionals in a range of roles, observe the pressures that they are under first hand, and develop skills that enable me to work effectively as a practitioner in the children and young people’s workforce.

    • Erasmus scheme

      Simmone McLean was studying for a BA in Childhood and Youth and was in her final year when she decided to spend a semester in the Netherlands as part of the University’s Erasmus+ programme.

      Despite initial reservations that being a mother would hinder any travel/study plans, the University of Northampton’s Erasmus team supported her in her academic wishes by working closely with Simmone and with partner staff at HAN to make it a possibility.

      This was the first time a University of Northampton student has taken their child on Erasmus+ and indeed it was a first for HAN too!

      Read more about Simmone’s experience here.

  • 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)

    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.

    2018/19 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: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    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)

    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.

    2018/19 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: £12,000
    Foundation Study Framework: £9,400 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Our Foundation Framework courses provide the best possible preparation for degree level study for students who are willing to learn and advance, but don’t have the standard entry qualifications. Featuring a reduced tuition fee for the first year, these course provide the opportunity for you to successfully study on the degree pathway of your choice whilst gaining essential study skills. The first year of your chosen degree will be studied over a two year period; years three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

    Visit our Foundation Framework page to learn more.

*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

Discover the campus

360° Tour