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Childhood and Youth Studies BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

HLSU095

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich or study abroad

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £11,927)

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Overview

Youth work courses can teach you to help children have a better start in life, and lead to a fulfilling, rewarding career.

If you would like to work with children and young people and are interested in how education, health, social and justice services affect them, this course could be for you.

Children and young people continue to be the focus of national and international policies intended to promote health, wellbeing and social mobility. Our course reflects on the significant changes and trends in children’s and young people’s services, anticipating how they may evolve as needs change, and prepares our students to be future leaders within the children and young people’s services sector.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

I chose this course because I wanted to pursue a career working with primary school aged children and to learn about areas of practice in relation to children. I also chose Coventry University because of the opportunities to go abroad for a work placement.

I studied psychology as an A-Level and I saw the opportunity to gain an understanding of how working with children and young people develops as they grow. Now I’m on the course, I am really enjoying looking at different perspectives of childhood and youth, such as psychological and sociological, whilst looking at it through history.

Kiera Donohoe, Childhood and Youth Studies BA

Course information

The course aims to provide key insights into the ways in which new and existing agencies are rising to the challenge set by government to provide more flexible and ‘locally influenced’ services.

It is designed to equip you with a wide range of practical skills in education, mentoring, advocacy, group work, advice and guidance. You will have the opportunity to develop these practical skills through a combination of in-class workshop guidance, practical application and practice within supported placement settings. 

87%

of our students agree that our staff are good at explaining things

NSS, 2016

Modules

Overview

The first year will introduce you to the key themes within the degree – namely childhood and youth in context, working with groups, developing life skills, safeguarding and theories and practices of education. We’ll explore particular challenges and issues faced by children and young people, such as safeguarding, exclusion, discrimination and oppression. We’ll also consider the impact of media, technology education and popular culture on children and young people’s development.

Modules

  • Childhood and Youth in Context

  • Theories of Education

  • Promoting Life Skills

  • Safeguarding Children and Young People

  • Working with Groups

  • Academic and Reflective Skills for Professional Practice

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

The second year builds on these themes, looking particularly at the major disciplines of psychology and sociology, and approaches to research within these disciplines. Our module choice at level 2 allows you to focus on either children and young people’s health needs or special educational needs and inclusive education. The second year also includes a work experience placement spanning the whole of the first semester. Our Faculty has a dedicated Employment and Placement Unit, in addition to a careers guidance team. The types of placements available vary significantly, reflecting the range of interests on the course, but you will have access to a range of practical support and signposting to help you to find the right placement for you. Examples of work undertaken by previous students include: teaching assistant work within primary school settings, youth support work within community-based youth clubs and parent/child observations within contact centres.

Modules

  • Work Experience 1

  • Psychological Perspectives on Adolescents and Children

  • Sociological Perspectives on Childhood and Youth

  • Social Research Methods

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Health Needs of Adolescents and Children
    • Special and Inclusive Education

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

The final year will include a second work experience placement, which can be undertaken in the UK or abroad. Modules at level 3 will enable you to focus on theoretical perspectives on organisational change, as well as keeping you up-to-date with the most relevant contemporary theories, policies, and practices for your chosen career. Your degree studies will culminate in the completion of an independent research project, your dissertation. Past students have examined topics as varied as: attitudes to Special Educational Needs (SEN) within the Bengali community, cyber bullying amongst primary aged children, gang violence in Birmingham or educational attainment within Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities.

Modules

  • Critical Perspectives on Organisational Change

  • Contemporary Theory, Policy, and Practice

  • Work Experience 2

  • Independent Research Project

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Science and Health 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 team of experts with decades of collective 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.
  • Excellent relationships with relevant agencies, such as local schools, relevant local authority children and youth services, and a broad range of charities working with children and young people. Specific examples of placement settings include:  St Augustine’s Primary School, Bagington Fields Special School, Ernesford Grange Community Academy, Coventry City Council, Sydney Stringer Academy, Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs, Full Circle Children’s Contact Centre
  • International field trips – for example, former students spent a week in South Africa visiting schools and youth clubs in the Townships.
  • Opportunity to take a sandwich year to study or work in the UK or abroad. Former students have undertaken year-long sandwich year placements within areas such as children’s theatre, youth offending, disability support, and formal and informal educational settings.
  • Allows progression to a range of professional and postgraduate courses, some with professional body accreditation, including social work, youth work and primary school teaching.

Guest speakers have previously included experts in areas such as mental health, special educational needs, youth homelessness, child protection, gang violence and children and young people’s health needs

Our main study themes are:

  • 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 awareness of international perspectives on children and young people’s development.

  • Interdisciplinary learning: Study within a truly interdisciplinary learning environment, exploring concepts derived from psychology, sociology and health disciplines. 

  • Societal challenges: Explore a range of challenges and issues faced by children and young people, such as safeguarding, exclusion, discrimination and oppression.

  • Life skills: Provides the knowledge and skills, such as mentoring, advocacy, group work and advice and guidance, to develop the life skills of children and young people.

  • Work experience: You have the opportunity to gain work experience with a wide range of providers, including local councils, schools, charities, social enterprises and other services concerned with promoting the health and well-being of children and young people.

The course can be studied full-time over three years. In addition, you have the opportunity to undertake a sandwich year either on a work placement or studying abroad.

The teaching team is drawn from a wide variety of subject areas, such as psychology, education, youth and community work, which will enrich your learning experience by offering a range of different professional perspectives. Many also hold academic and professional qualifications, such as teaching, youth work and social work qualifications.  

We have developed a range of interactive online resources and make use of ‘flipped learning’ approaches, educational apps, blended learning and electronic submission and marking technologies. We also organise practical sessions, in groups and virtually using online documents, incorporating the ‘Problem-Based Learning’ approach pioneered by Maastricht University, where students, supervised and assisted by a tutor, seek solutions to real-life problems. This method means you not only learn to operate at an academic level, but also to work independently on real-world issues as you would do in your career. In the past, we’ve considered the outcomes from serious case reviews of child protection failures, or the implementation of government agendas, such as the ‘Prevent Strategy’, within educational settings.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear from a range of guest speakers. In 2015 and 2016, these included experts in special educational needs, child protection, children and young people’s health and youth violence, from a broad range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations within the UK and abroad. We also run a number of relevant field trips, which have seen past students visit the Netherlands to discover more about the problem-based learning approach and South Africa to learn about the challenges of working with children and young people within township communities. In addition, you will be able to take part in our annual internal conference to reflect on and share the learning you’ve gained from your work experience.

Teaching methods include:
lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Meet our staff

Dr. Michael Whelan

Our Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies, Michael has a professional background primarily in youth work where he has gained an international perspective on the development of services for young people through his experience working as a qualified youth worker in the Republic of Ireland, Australia and the UK.

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Course assessment includes examinations, individual coursework, multiple choice assessments, group presentations, reflective reports, and practical skills exercises.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays 65%
  • Practical placements 23%
  • Presentations, posters etc. 10%
  • Formal examinations 2%

23% assessed by practical placements

On successful completion, you should be equipped with the skills to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity, relevant legislation and related codes of practice that comprise the wider service delivery context and reflect the political, economic, social and technological context of children’s and young people’s services.
  • Understand the need to provide services to children and young people without prejudice.
  • Understand models that seek to account for the development of children or young people psychologically and within society. For example, models of education, which help us to understand why children from some communities consistently perform worse than their counterparts in other communities, or models of health, which help us to understand how to deliver gang intervention work within hospitals.
  • Understand and apply the principles of informal and formal education
  • Appreciate the role that parents, carers, partners and families play in the development of children and young people.
  • Critically assess the ways in which service providers seek to meet the needs of children and young people.
  • Design and deliver services to meet the developmental needs of children and young people.

90%

of our graduates are in a professional or managerial job six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 10-15 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: You will meet with your Academic Personal Tutor (APT) on a regular basis and at least twice per semester to discuss your progress and raise any issues with which you require support. Your APT is also available for one-to-one appointments upon request during their weekly office hours.
  • Medium group teaching: 2-4 hours of workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 8-10 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 10-15 hours of self-directed study e.g. studying and revising in your own time and on average 10-15 hours per week on placement in the first semesters of the second and final year.

Teaching across all subject areas is informed by international perspectives, and each year we organise a range of international field trips. In the past, students have spent a week in South Africa, attending a range of settings in the Townships, including schools and youth clubs. On another occasion, they visited Stenden University in the Netherlands, visiting a range of educational and social care projects and attending local lectures to study and experience practice in the Netherlands.

In your third year, your work experience can be done within the UK or internationally. We have contacts with a range of placement settings – schools, children’s centres, youth clubs and so on – across the globe, in places, such as South Africa, Spain, New York-USA, Malta, Austria, Finland, and the Netherlands.

We have a student exchange agreement with Laurea University in Finland and Calabria in Italy, where you can choose to work or study. We have also developed a range of associations with institutions across the globe including: The University of Montreal and Dalhousie University in Canada, Stenden University in Netherlands, Stenden University in South Africa, Laurea and Metropolia Universities in Finland, Calabria University in Italy, St. Petersburg University in Russia, Loyola College in India, and the Belarusian State Pedagogical University.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

I chose this course because I wanted to pursue a career working with primary school aged children and to learn about areas of practice in relation to children. I also chose Coventry University because of the opportunities to go abroad for a work placement.

I studied psychology as an A-Level and I saw the opportunity to gain an understanding of how working with children and young people develops as they grow. Now I’m on the course, I am really enjoying looking at different perspectives of childhood and youth, such as psychological and sociological, whilst looking at it through history.

Kiera Donohoe, Childhood and Youth Studies BA

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU095
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB - BCC DDM - DMM 27 points Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English Language and Maths

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit or higher, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

I chose this course because I wanted to pursue a career working with primary school aged children and to learn about areas of practice in relation to children. I also chose Coventry University because of the opportunities to go abroad for a work placement.

I studied psychology as an A-Level and I saw the opportunity to gain an understanding of how working with children and young people develops as they grow. Now I’m on the course, I am really enjoying looking at different perspectives of childhood and youth, such as psychological and sociological, whilst looking at it through history.

Kiera Donohoe, Childhood and Youth Studies BA

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £11,927) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip


What our students say...

I chose this course because I wanted to pursue a career working with primary school aged children and to learn about areas of practice in relation to children. I also chose Coventry University because of the opportunities to go abroad for a work placement.

I studied psychology as an A-Level and I saw the opportunity to gain an understanding of how working with children and young people develops as they grow. Now I’m on the course, I am really enjoying looking at different perspectives of childhood and youth, such as psychological and sociological, whilst looking at it through history.

Kiera Donohoe, Childhood and Youth Studies BA

Career prospects

National graduate job destination data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) shows that those with a degree in this subject have entered roles such as classroom and educational assistants, youth workers, child and family support managers, kids’ club co-ordinators, outreach support workers, residential child care workers, as well as more general roles in social enterprises.

The practical nature of the course means you will graduate with placement experience, practical knowledge and problem-solving skills. Upon successful completion of the course, you can move into a range of different child-related professions or take further professional qualifications, such as the PGCE if you would like to enter teaching, or an MA in Social Work if a career as a social worker appeals.  

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

90%

of our graduates are in a professional or managerial job six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

£27K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £27,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

I chose this course because I wanted to pursue a career working with primary school aged children and to learn about areas of practice in relation to children. I also chose Coventry University because of the opportunities to go abroad for a work placement.

I studied psychology as an A-Level and I saw the opportunity to gain an understanding of how working with children and young people develops as they grow. Now I’m on the course, I am really enjoying looking at different perspectives of childhood and youth, such as psychological and sociological, whilst looking at it through history.

Kiera Donohoe, Childhood and Youth Studies BA
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.