Child and Youth Studies at University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) - UCAS

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Course summary

Could you teach valuable life skills through play? Are you passionate about the rights and perspectives of children and young people on all of the matters that affect them? Harness your energy and enthusiasm for children and young people as they navigate their experiences, on our pioneering programme, the first to combine child and youth studies in Scotland, to pursue an exciting and rewarding career in this diverse and vital field. Gain a deep understanding of child and youth issues within a local and global context. Learn about the social, psychological, environmental and legislative influences upon children and young people to make a difference to their lives, opportunities and futures. Explore and reflect on key theories, policy and practice, to take a holistic, contextual approach that values difference and diversity within individuals, families, and communities to progress children and young people’s meaningful participation and human rights. Special features Children and young people are at the heart of this degree Carry out a research project related to your work or area of special interest Inclusive, flexible delivery, available entirely online, suitable for a diverse range of learners, so you can fit your studies around your commitments Multi-disciplinary, leading to a wide range of careers working with children, young people, and families Opportunities for work-based learning through our optional ‘developing professional practice through placement’ module Choose to study individual modules for personal or professional development (CPD) Study from anywhere in the world. Please note that UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland have changed their names to become UHI North, West and Hebrides. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.

How to apply

This course has restrictions on who can apply.

Course not available to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here. This can be studied from own home country.

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Direct entry to year two may be possible on successful completion of the HNC Childhood Practice or HNC Social Services, plus additional credits.

International applicants

This course is not currently available for international students (including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK) requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK. International students can study this course online from their own home country.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

UHI does not use Tariff points, and accepts a range of qualifications. Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


You are required to attend an interview, in person or by telephone, to discuss the course in detail and to explain the method of teaching.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no element below 5.5
PTE Academic5858 average with 51 in each component
TOEFL (iBT)80Min 80 or above with min 18 in each section

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English in an academic environment and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The minimum English language requirements to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed below:

Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at the following:

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £6120 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6120 Year 1
Wales £6120 Year 1
Channel Islands £6120 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £6120 Year 1
EU £6960 Year 1
International £6960 Year 1

Additional fee information

Course not available to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here. This can be studied from own home country. For full information on fees please see our Undergraduate Tuition Fees page at For course specific fees information please refer to the Fees/funding tab on the university website course page. You can also find information on additional funding available such as bursaries and scholarships at
Child and Youth Studies at University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) - UCAS