A Childhood, Youth and Education Studies degree can open the door to a range of rewarding areas of practice working with children and young people.
- The course is designed to harness a practice readiness approach, where the opportunity to potentially secure professional placements* in a children and young people’s setting provides the opportunity to enhance your ability to secure work after successfully graduating.
- Access to a course team who currently have 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*. Former students have undertaken a year-long sandwich year placement (between second and third years of study) within areas such as Great Ormond St Hospital (Play Therapy), Primary School TA (SEN), disability support, and formal and informal educational settings.
- Excellent current relationships with organisations who work with children and young people across the city and West Midlands region.
Why you should study this course
If you are passionate about achieving the best outcomes for children and young people and you want the opportunity to learn alongside like-minded people in an innovative learning environment, then the Childhood, Youth and Education Studies BA (Hons) degree-level course, aims to both excite and challenge you. Our course is designed to offer you a flexible learning experience where you will have the opportunity to tailor your learning so that you have the chance to develop the knowledge, skills and experience needed to pursue a particular area of work upon successful completion, with children and young people you are most passionate about.
Investing in the education of children and young people is essential for the growth of individuals and communities that flourish. The Childhood, Youth and Education Studies BA (Hons) course is designed for people who want the opportunity to contribute to the learning and development of children and young people in a variety of educational settings, upon successful completion.
On the course you will have the opportunity to explore important areas of educational practice, formal and informal, through both in-class learning and practical work experience.* You have the opportunity to learn from academics and practice partners who currently collectively have experience across a range of relevant areas of study and practice. Over the course of your studies, you will also have the opportunity to take part in a range of exciting international and UK based educational experiences.*
Abi, a Childhood and Youth Studies graduate talks about her career and how her placements during the course made a big difference.
International experience opportunities
Teaching across all subject areas is informed by international perspectives, and each year we organise a range of international field trips. In the past, students have spent a week in South Africa, attending a range of settings in the Townships, including schools and youth clubs. On another occasion, they visited Stenden University in the Netherlands, visiting a range of educational and social care projects and attending local lectures to study and experience practice in the Netherlands.
In your third year, your work experience can be done within the UK or internationally. We have contacts with a range of placement settings – schools, children’s centres, youth clubs and so on – across the globe, in places, such as South Africa, Spain, New York-USA, Malta, Austria, Finland, and the Netherlands.
We have a student exchange agreement with Laurea University in Finland and Calabria in Italy, where you can choose to work or study. We have also developed a range of associations with institutions across the globe including: The University of Montreal and Dalhousie University in Canada, Stenden University in Netherlands, Stenden University in South Africa, Laurea and Metropolia Universities in Finland, Calabria University in Italy, St. Petersburg University in Russia, Loyola College in India, and the Belarusian State Pedagogical University.
National graduate job destination data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) shows that those with a degree in this subject have entered roles such as classroom and educational assistants, youth workers, child and family support managers, kids’ club co-ordinators, outreach support workers, residential child care workers, as well as more general roles in social enterprises.
The practical nature of the course means you will graduate with placement experience, practical knowledge and problem-solving skills. Upon successful completion of the course, you can move into a range of different child-related professions or take further professional qualifications, such as the PGCE if you would like to enter teaching, or an MA in Social Work if a career as a social worker appeals.
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