Childhood and Youth Studies (Top-Up) at UCEN Manchester - UCAS

UCEN Manchester

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Sheffield Hallam University

Childhood and Youth Studies (Top-Up)

Course summary

The BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies has been designed to provide an academic pathway for students or staff aspiring to work at a senior level in the sector, across the private, voluntary, educational or independent and statutory sectors. The programmes have been developed in response to the changing demands of childcare and youth and the ongoing development of free childcare for children. Whilst focusing on youth and childhood up to 19 years. This programme will reflect on the growing demand from government to have more teacher led educators educating young children through to the youth of today, focusing on the increasing emphasise of personal, social, emotional and mental health of children and youth in educational and care settings. The course is ideal for those with a passion for working with children and youths in education or care establishments, where there is a focus on health and well-being. The programmes explore a number of modules which engage students in reflection from practice and allowing for the students to critique the theoretical work of theorist both past and present. The educational focus of the programme involves students building on existing knowledge and skills to enable their professional and academic development, and supports the concept of lifelong learning and continuing professional development. There is a clear work-related element that reflects the need to apply knowledge and skills within the workplace and to make tangible links between theory and practice in the educational sector. This will not only provide students with valuable work-related experience but also greatly enhance their employability on completion of the programme. Students will undertake a major research project at level 6 utilising and applying key skills that have been developed over previous levels of study and through further development of their application at this level. Students will be fully supported through this process by a major project supervisor. Independent study will be a key feature at this level.


Examples of current modules- Growing up in a Digital age Professional Reflective Practice Historical and International Perspectives Social Policy Dissertation

Assessment method

The course is run in a classroom environment, allowing you to share your ideas and reflections with your peers. You will also receive tutorial support and sessions focused on wider areas in lifelong learning throughout your course. In addition, you will be advised to gain experience within an educational setting. Examples of assessments on the course include: • Presentation • Written assignments including essays, reports and reflective journals • Reflective journals and accounts on your practice • Viva Voce • Dissertation

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Foundation degree, HND or equivalent qualification in the vocational or academic specialist area in which you wish to pursue your career with appropriate work experience GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) The course is particularly suitable if you have work experience and/or qualifications in industry, including early education, STL level 3 or HLTA level 4 and many other vocational areas. We understand that not all applicants may have these and encourage you to contact us to discuss further options available. Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

An enhanced DBS will be required


You may be required to complete a satisfactory interview

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Childhood and Youth Studies (Top-Up) at UCEN Manchester - UCAS