• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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. 


What makes young people tick? What shapes and influences children’s development? How can the adults who work with children support them more effectively? You’ll learn about child development and psychology, international childhoods and research with children – spanning the entire age range from early years to youth.

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

      Time limit – 16 years

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

                      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 0–7
                        What you do need is a certain level of English, and to have access to the relevant technology.

                        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.
                        The total cost of your qualification would be £17,568.


                        Students living outside the UK aren’t normally eligible for a tuition fee loan. We suggest checking with your national government or education authority for advice on funding.

                        There are a number of scholarship opportunities listed on the Scholarship Portal website.

                        The site features over 1,000 scholarships listed by country, ranging from the Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Women in Science and Engineering, to a Young Horticulturalist of the Year Award.

                        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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