Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Childhood, Youth and Education Studies

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Course summary

If you would like an opportunity to help create a better future for the next generation, this exciting course is designed to develop the skills, knowledge, sensitivity and understanding to join one of the many professions which deal with social, psychological and educational issues relating to children and young people. Our multi-disciplinary approach enables you to explore a diverse range of subjects, such as education, sociology, psychology, health and welfare, safeguarding, and policy and practice. This offers you a far deeper insight into the behaviours, attitudes and influences of children and young people in their communities and society at large. International perspectives on childhood and youth are threaded throughout the course, enabling you to develop a global understanding of how the education, health, wellbeing and the social mobility of children and young people are promoted by practitioners. In addition to the opportunity of international study visits and an international placement, we strive to ensure all modules feature internationally relevant content. For example, we have explored the health needs of a child or young person in a developing country and how political, social and cultural influences may impact these. Importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to put theory into practice, gaining relevant experience in a range of organisations at home or abroad, which may include charities and social enterprises, together with more traditional settings, like local councils and schools. Past students have undertaken placements working for schools (mainstream and specialist), childcare services, youth projects, social services, homelessness projects and disability support. Our range of international placement settings is currently growing each year, but to-date students have undertaken placements in the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and the United States. As well as developing employability skills, this vital practical experience will increase your understanding of how a wide range of organisations work to develop the aspirations, prospects and quality of life of children and young people. Key Course Benefits

  • We offer a range of international study visit opportunities.
  • An opportunity to progress to a range of professional and postgraduate courses, some with professional body accreditation, including Social Work, Youth Work, Teaching, (PGCE) and Psychology. Past graduates have studied PGCE in Primary Teaching, MSc in Health Psychology, MA in Post 16 Education, MA in Social Work.
  • The course harnesses a practice readiness approach, whereby two professional placements in a children and young people’s setting and support from the employability support and careers team enhances students ability to secure work in a desirable practice area after graduating.
  • The Alison Gingell Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring two full size homes which can be used to for workshops mimicking working scenarios with children, young people and their families.
  • Access to a course team who currently has first-hand practice experience in various settings, including sociology, psychology, education, social work, careers guidance, youth and community work, in addition to being actively engaged in research and writing in these areas. Please note, the course team is subject to change.
  • Opportunity to apply for a sandwich year to study or work in the UK or abroad (subject to availability, application and additional fees).
  • Excellent relationships with practice organisations who work with children and young people across the city and West Midlands region. These currently include local primary & secondary schools, early years settings (nurseries), local authority children’s services, youth offending services, youth service and family support.

Course details


Your main study themes are: Education-Development An understanding of practices informed by theories of teaching and learning to facilitate education in a variety of contexts. Policy Context Develops knowledge and critical insights into the policy context that shapes the provision of services to children and young people, at both national and international levels. Critical awareness Develops a critical and research informed awareness of national and international perspectives on children and young people’s learning and development. Interdisciplinary learning Study within a truly interdisciplinary learning environment, exploring concepts derived from Psychology, Sociology, Youth work and Health. Societal challenges Explore a range of challenges and issues faced by children and young people, such as safeguarding, exclusion, discrimination and oppression. Skills and value base Develops the knowledge and skills, such as mentoring, advocacy, group work and advice and guidance, consultation all pertinent to working effectively with children and young people to facilitate change and encourage positive outcomes. Professional experience You will have the opportunity to gain work experience of 280 hours with an extensive range of providers, including local councils, schools, charities, social enterprises and other services concerned with facilitating learning, and promoting the health and welfare of children and young people. For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Coventry University
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Clearing contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office

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Additional information

Thursday 18 August 08:00-20:00, Friday 19 August 08:00-18:00, Saturday 20 August 10:00-16:00, Sunday 21 August 10:00-16:00, Monday 22 August onwards (weekdays only) 08:00-18:30

Course contact details

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UK Admissions Office

024 7765 2222

European and International Admissions Office

+44 024 7765 2152

Childhood, Youth and Education Studies at Coventry University - UCAS