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Childhood and Youth Studies (Honours), B.A.

Childhood and Youth Studies (Honours), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
Childhood and youth studies is one of the UK’s fastest growing academic disciplines. You’ll learn about child development and psychology, international childhoods and research with children – spanning the entire age range from early years to youth in the Childhood and Youth Studies (Honours) programme at The Open University UK.

About

Key features of the Childhood and Youth Studies (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies (Honours) course at The Open University UK

  • Spans the entire age range from early years to youth
  • Topics include child development and psychology, international childhoods, research with children, and children’s literature
  • Explores children and young people’s lives from different perspectives alongside students studying and working in different settings
  • Relevant to a wide range of careers in childcare, education, health and social care

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Skills for career development

This degree provides an effective foundation for a wide choice of career paths. It emphasises independent thinking, develops analytical and communication skills and will help you become a clear and confident writer – all attributes that are highly valued by employers. Specific skills you’ll develop include:

  • analysing, critically evaluating and effectively communicating information to others
  • competence in team and project work, supporting and/or supervising others
  • organising, synthesising and questioning opinions and arguments
  • evaluating the appropriateness of different approaches to problem-solving
  • managing and organising time, resources and information to support decision-making
  • reflecting on your own learning and performance and taking steps to improve it
  • using ICT effectively and being able to interpret data.

Career relevance

A degree in childhood and youth studies gives you skills and knowledge relevant to many careers in childcare, health, education, working with families, playwork, or working with young people. It will develop your understanding of practices and policies that affect children, and introduce you to many new aspects of the subject – helping you make informed choices about future career paths. This degree is not a professional qualification*, so many of our graduates choose to undertake postgraduate training before progressing to employment in specialist fields such as:

  • teaching
  • counselling
  • early years work, including play therapy and hospital play
  • speech therapy
  • voluntary sector work
  • youth work
  • education support and welfare
  • social work
  • probation work
  • personal and careers guidance
  • sport and fitness.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part time – 6 years Full time – 3 years Time limit – 16 years

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology 
  • Exploring perspectives on young children's lives and learning 
  • Investigating psychology 
  • Learning and teaching in the primary years
  • Working with young people: an introduction 

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.

However, two of the Stage 1 option modules do have requirements:

  • Learning and teaching in the primary years (E103) – you’ll need to observe practice in a formal educational setting for children aged 3–12
  • Exploring perspectives on young children’s lives and learning (E109) – you’ll need practice experience in an a setting for children aged 0–12

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £5,856

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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