Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

This is a Connected Degree Portsmouth is the only University in the UK with the flexibility to choose when to do an optional paid placement or self-employed year. Either take a placement in your third year, or finish your studies first and complete a placement in your fourth year. You can decide if and when to take a placement after you've started your course. Overview Our experiences in childhood and adolescence can have a huge influence on the choices we make and how society sees us. On this Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology degree, you'll explore the issues affecting children and young people aged 8–18, and the role of the criminal justice system and the causes of crime – as well as how these subject areas interconnect. Learning from academic researchers and staff with experience as practitioners in the field, you'll focus on young people’s development, learning and relationships, and delve into the complex policies, practices and societal pressures that impact them. You'll also have the chance to focus your childhood and youth studies on a particular specialism - education and teaching, community and youth/family provision, or leadership and enterprise. After the course, you'll graduate with the skills and knowledge for a rewarding career working with children and young people in a variety of settings, including youth intervention, youth justice and social work.

  • Spend two-thirds of your time at the School of Education and Sociology, examining topics around child development, education, psychology, health and social work
  • Spend your remaining time studying at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, learning about crime, punishment and rehabilitation
  • Practise real-world scenarios in our Family Assessment Room, where you'll examine how parents and children feel during family meetings, and explore your responsibilities as a practitioner
  • Tailor your studies to your career goals and interests, and have the option to complete pre-entry qualifications for a career in probation work or community justice
  • Enrich your learning and build relationships with potential employers by volunteering, studying abroad or doing a work placement alongside your studies
  • Develop a set of key transferable life and career skills, including critical thinking, team working, empathy and problem solving
Careers and opportunities This Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology degree will prepare you for a range of careers working on behalf of children and young people. There's significant demand for graduates who have the expert skills and knowledge to work with young people and children in the community in this way, particularly since the pandemic and its impact on education. What can you do with a childhood and youth studies with criminology degree? After the course, you could work in areas such as:
  • youth work
  • law enforcement and the police
  • social work
  • social justice
  • children's rights
  • social policy
  • probation
  • educational welfare
  • health promotion
  • teaching
Placement year and work experience After your second year, you can do a paid placement year in a youth work setting. You'll have the opportunity to make a positive difference to young people while applying your knowledge and boosting your employability. Previous students have put their skills to work at organisations such as:
  • Portsmouth in the Community (PitC)
  • KidsOut
  • Victim Support
We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support to get the most out of your placement year. This course also allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study. We can also help you identify additional work experience, internship and voluntary opportunities that complement your studies.


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Becoming a Researcher (20 credits)
  • Child and Youth Development (20 credits)
  • Criminal Justice (20 credits)
  • Understanding Childhoods (40 credits)
  • Understanding Criminology (20 credits)
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Penology and Prison (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice With Children and Young People (20 credits)
  • Questioning Criminology (20 credits)
  • Research With Children and Young People (20 credits)
  • Youth Culture (20 credits)
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Children's Social Minds (20 credits)
  • Development of Learning (20 credits)
  • Empire and Its Afterlives in Britain, Europe, and Africa (20 credits)
  • Global Childhoods (20 credits)
  • Global Security (20 credits)
  • Intercultural Perspectives On Communication (20 credits)
  • Marketing & Communication (20 credits)
  • Modernity and Globalisation (20 credits)
  • Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday (L5) (20 credits)
  • News, Discourse, and Media (20 credits)
  • Principles of Economic Crime Investigation (20 credits)
  • Professional Experience L5 (20 credits)
  • Puritans to Postmodernists: American Literature (20 credits)
  • Transitional Justice & Human Rights (20 credits)
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response (20 credits)
Placement year (optional) Have the opportunity to do an additional work placement year after your second or third year on this Connected Degree - we're the only UK university to offer flexible sandwich placements for undergraduates. Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Professional Themes in Supporting Young People's Relationships and Interactions (20 credits)
  • Supporting Children and Young People's Mental Health (20 credits)
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Black Criminology, Race and the Criminal Justice System (20 credits)
  • Cyberpsychology (20 credits)
  • Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (Childhood Studies) (40 credits)
  • Forensic Linguistics: Language and the Law (20 credits)
  • Gender and Crime (20 credits)
  • Green Crime and Environmental Justice (20 credits)
  • Major Project (40 credits)
  • Policing: Law, Policy and Practice (20 credits)
  • Policing: Communities, Intelligence and Information (20 credits)
  • Professional Experience L6 (20 credits)
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders (20 credits)
  • True Crime - the Making of a Genre (20 credits)
  • Understanding and Addressing Sexual Offending (20 credits)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

How you're assessed You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • group and individual presentations and projects
  • creative assessments, such as storyboards or video
  • practical assessments, such as lesson plans and delivery
  • exams
  • a dissertation
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting their professional placement working with children and young people. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is for UK Criminal Records checks only. Applicants who have been living overseas for the past 5 years will require an equivalent ‘certificate of good conduct’ from each country they have been resident in, as well as from their home country. The outcome of your DBS or Certificate of Good Conduct will be reviewed by the course team who will make a decision about your suitability to work with children and young people in the UK. Your DBS Certificate Number and date of receipt will be recorded on our Single Central Record

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

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

EU £9250 Year 1
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
International £17200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology at University of Portsmouth - UCAS