Childhood and Youth Studies at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS

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Course summary

Make a real difference to the lives of children and young people families and communities on a course that equips you to have an impact locally nationally and globally. This course combines practical experience and research-informed theory to provide you with a thorough current understanding of the needs of children and young people. You explore child development and child welfare as well as social policies and legislative frameworks. This includes the right to equal access to services and life opportunities regardless of social difference. In your second and third years you can choose from a range of optional units in areas such as mental health disability and youth violence. In your final year you also undertake an independent research project supported by our Social Sciences team all of whom are actively involved in research themselves. Why choose this course?

  • It has a student satisfaction rate of 95% for our teaching (NSS 2022). Our Childhood and Youth courses also ranked 7th for overall student satisfaction and 2nd for Graduate Outcomes (Prospects and On-Track) out of 49 HE institutes offering the subject (Complete University Guide 2023)
  • Gain the practical skills and knowledge you need for a career working with children young people and families
  • Learn from staff with professional practice experience in youth work counselling teaching and working with looked-after children
  • Study with academics who have research expertise in areas such as child protection alternative education and school exclusion mentoring and coaching safeguarding and sexual exploitation
  • Benefit from opportunities offered by the University of Bedfordshire’s new Health & Social Care Academy run in partnership with local councils and NHS Trusts to recruit train and develop health and social care workers
  • Be able to recognise and challenge discrimination oppression and inequality across a range of services
  • There’s the option to take the course over four years and include a year’s placement in industry allowing you to gain practical skills build your CV and make contacts
  • If you need to step up into higher education start with a Foundation Year which guarantees entry to the undergraduate degree
  • The course can lead into careers in education social work and welfare youth and community work or postgraduate study


Areas of study may include:

  • Narratives of childhood and youth
  • Working together Multi-agency approaches to risk and assessment in child welfare
  • Gangs and serious youth violence
  • Disability in childhood: critical perspectives on policy and practice
  • Child protection and safeguarding: the contexts of vulnerability
  • Special educational needs and challenging behaviour in schooling
  • Youth Justice : models and approaches
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How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered. If you would like to check that your qualifications will be accepted please contact the university.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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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

For information on the 2023 fees please refer to our website,
Childhood and Youth Studies at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS