Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice at University of Sussex - UCAS

Course summary

1st in the UK for our research impact in Education in REF 2021 (Times Higher Education) 1st in the UK for Childhood and Youth Studies (Complete University Guide 2024) About the course This course combines a strong academic foundation with a clear professional focus, and gives you experience in a range of services for children. You can tailor your course to suit your career plans, whether you are interested in international education and development, wellbeing or education policy. You will gain a rich theoretical understanding of childhood and youth as well as observational experience in a practice-setting. This course will set you up for a rewarding career in fields such as youth work, health care and education. At Sussex, you will be taught by faculty who are actively engaged in childhood and youth focussed research. Our multidisciplinary Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth influences policy and informs the work of those working at the forefront of practice with children and young people, both nationally and globally. About Sussex Sussex graduates change the world. Our students become the leaders of the future, making discoveries, improving lives and changing things for the better. Study with us to join a welcoming and inspiring community of staff and students from more than 140 countries. Location We shape the world from a fantastic campus on the UK’s beautiful south coast. We are the only UK university surrounded by a national park, so you can step off campus to explore the hills and woodlands of the South Downs. The vibrant, colourful and creative seaside city of Brighton & Hove is just nine minutes away. With Brighton voted the happiest city in England for students, (Student Living Survey, Sodexo, 2018) there can be few better places to study.


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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applications from both recent school leavers and those returning to education. For non school leavers, we look for evidence of recent study and/or relevant experience and may require you to produce a piece of written work in order to assess your academic level. Initial selection, however, is based on the strength of your UCAS application. You're invited to contact the admissions tutor to discuss any queries you may have about your eligibility. Selection decisions will normally be taken on the basis of your UCAS application only. There will be no mandatory interviews for Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice. In certain circumstances you may be accepted onto the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. You may be accepted onto the course if you have equivalent professional qualifications and/or professional experience. We particularly welcome applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential, enthusiasm and commitment to study.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Including at least 5.5 in each component. We accept IELTS One Skills Retake. We do not accept IELTS Online.
PTE Academic59Including at least 59 in all four skills. We do not accept the PTE Academic Online test.
TOEFL (iBT)80TOEFL (iBT), including at least 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing. We do not accept TOEFL (iBT) Home Edition.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

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Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2025-26. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.
Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice at University of Sussex - UCAS