• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
The Open University UK is a pioneer in this field and over the last 15 years has developed this wide-ranging interdisciplinary Childhood and Youth Studies (Honours) degree for anyone working with children and young people or with a general interest in the field. 

About

What makes young people tick? What shapes and influences children’s development? How can the adults who work with children support them more effectively? Childhood and youth studies is one of the UK’s fastest growing academic disciplines.

Key features of the 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

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.

The education sector in particular provides increasing opportunities for teaching and non-teaching staff in schools, further and higher education and non-school settings. 

This degree will develop your research skills if you want to go on to further study.

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
    • Duration description
      Time limit – 16 years
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

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 
  • Childhood
  • Equality, participation and inclusion: learning from each other 
  • Making a difference: working with children and young people 
  • Psychology of childhood and youth 
  • Children's literature
  • Personal lives and social policy 
  • Young lives, parenting and families 
  • Issues in research with children and young people

                      English Language Requirements

                      You need the following IELTS score:

                      • Minimum required score:

                        5.5

                        The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                      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 0–7

                        Access to a computer with broadband internet access, which will be vital for online learning.

                        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

                          6024 GBP/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
                        • EU/EEA

                          6024 GBP/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme 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.
                        Current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £6,024.

                        Funding

                        Check the programme website for information about funding options.

                        StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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