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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?

  • 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

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
  • Year 3

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.

Unistats information

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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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For information on the 2024 fees please refer to our website,
Childhood and Youth Studies at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS