Education (Childhood and Youth Studies)


Key facts

Start dates

September 2023

Course length

Full time: 12 months, Harcourt Hill Campus

Part time: Two/ three years depending on your chosen trajectory – part-time on campus or distance learning


Harcourt Hill


School of Education


Explore today’s children, youth and families – and develop your practice to value every child.

On this course, you’ll examine child and adolescent development in today’s economic, social, global and technological landscapes. You’ll examine key issues impacting children, youth and families – like:

  • the role of the state in parenting
  • the impact of policy on childhood experiences
  • how children develop independence
  • global approaches to  education and care

You’ll develop a confident ability to support all the children you work with – whatever their needs. And you’ll be able to identify and employ evidence-based techniques to support each child.

You’ll explore your interests as a practitioner – whether that’s understanding the learning process, or developing children’s language skills. You’ll be exposed to different approaches – sparking new ideas for your own practice. And you’ll graduate with new insight into today’s children, youth and families – and the knowledge of how you can support them.

Specific entry requirements

Normally you should have the following:

– English as your first language; or GCSE (grade 4-9) or O-level English Language (A-C); or IELTS (see English Langauge Requirements below).
– a relevant degree* or equivalent professional qualification
– some experience of working with children and/or young people.

*You may have an undergraduate background in any of a wide range of subjects including psychology, sociology, social and health care, education, history and anthropology.