Childhood & Youth (with Foundation Year)UCAS Code: Combined honours only - see Combinations tab|Duration: 4 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Work placement opportunities|International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
About the course
Childhood & Youth is an exciting, multidisciplinary subject in which you will explore a range of issues and challenges faced by children and young people in contemporary society, both here in the UK and on a global level. Drawing on key ideas from sociology, politics, history, social policy and cultural studies, the degree examines important questions about children and young people and the social contexts in which they live.
Topics studied include: how children and young people’s place in society has changed over time; how social class, poverty, gender, ethnicity, disability, social policy and so on impact children and young people’s lives; the role of risk and risk-taking in children and young people’s everyday lives and; how children and young people make sense of and help to shape their social worlds. In exploring such issues you will also look at various political debates and policy initiatives, as well as learning about various ways of researching with children and young people that aim to help them overcome the many challenges that they face.
With its strong emphasis on social justice and welfare, the degree will enable you to develop as critical social scientists who value their role within the academic community at Hope and who, as graduates, will be able to use their skills and knowledge to the benefit of their local community and society more broadly.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
For the Childhood & Youth part of your Combined Honours degree, in the first year of study there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments that you may have.
Assessment and feedback
In each year of study, you will have a number of essays and end of year exams. You may also be asked to give a presentation, present an academic poster and produce a portfolio. In your second year, you will be required to submit a research proposal in preparation for a research project or dissertation in your final year.
You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
The Foundation Year is a great opportunity if you have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualifications required to enter directly onto our degree programmes. A significant part of the Foundation Year focuses upon core skills such as academic writing at HE level, becoming an independent learner, structuring academic work, critical thinking, time management and note taking.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year (Level C) of your chosen honours degree. Further details can be found here.
Introduction to Childhood and Youth
In your first year you will begin by exploring contemporary children and young people’s everyday lives, looking at issues such as, for example, social media, cyber-bullying, exam pressures, alcohol and drug-use, knife-crime and mental health and wellbeing. Such topics will be explored in light of the question: ‘is childhood and youth in crisis? You will then examine the concepts of childhood and youth and explore how these vary across different historical periods and cultures. This will be followed by looking at how changing ideas of childhood and youth are reflected in changes in practice and policy, for instance, in the fields of child protection and youth work. The final part of the year will introduce you to key ideas related to how we generate knowledge about children and young people’s everyday lives, focusing on research on, with and by children and young people.
Key topics studied include:
- Contemporary issues in childhood and youth;
- The social construction of childhood and youth;
- Key developments in working with children and young people;
- Understanding children and young people’s worlds.
Explorations in Childhood and Youth
In your second year, you will examine research methods and social theory as they apply to childhood and youth. You will learn further about how changes in the ways children and young people are perceived by society have led to a shift in focus from research on to with and by children and young people. You will also develop a range of research skills including: how to design research, which methods to use, ethical dilemmas and data analysis. You will also learn more about the wider social context in which children and young people live and the relationship with, for example, education, health and wellbeing, crime and risk-taking practices, use of social media and youth-to-adult transitions. These issues are examined through a theoretical lens with a key focus on the causes and consequences of social inequalities and the questions that are raised in seeking social justice. Finally, you will examine more critically the concept of children’s rights and the difficulties practitioners face in ensuring these are met when the interests of the state, the family and the child conflict.
Key topics studied include:
- Investigating children and young people’s social worlds;
- Social theory and childhood and youth;
- Children and young people’s rights in context.
Advanced Studies in Childhood and Youth
In the final year of the course you will explore more critically and in greater depth a number of contemporary issues facing children and young people. You will investigate issues of power, prejudice, discrimination and social exclusion as they relate to gender and sexuality, ‘race’ and ethnicity, disability and so on. The course will then explore some of the major trials and tribulations faced by children and young people in their everyday lives including, for instance, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); relationship and domestic violence and abuse; austerity and poverty and; physical and mental ill-health. Here the focus will be on the harm that such issues can cause: but also on the work that can be done by practitioners to support individuals and promote social justice, and the resilience and positive action shown by children and young people as they seek to manage and overcome such challenging situations.
In addition, you will study two Advanced Research Courses in which you will focus on an area of research specialism within the School of Social Science and you will undertake EITHER an independent Research Project OR an Integrated Dissertation with 1-to-1 support from a member of the staff team.
Key topics studied include:
- Children, young people and social identities: key issues and debates;
- Adversities in childhood and youth;
- Two Advanced Research Courses;
- Independent research project or Dissertation in a topic of your choice.
There may be some flexibility for mature students offering non-tariff qualifications and students meeting particular widening participation criteria.
With a degree in Childhood and Youth, you will be able to enter a number of careers, including youth and community work, local government, housing, health or educational sectors and the criminal justice and legal system as researchers, administrators or managers.
Successful graduates will also be able to study for postgraduate degrees that give them a specific expertise in a field of Childhood and Youth. Childhood and Youth graduates will also be particularly well qualified to apply for MA in Social Work.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
Along with your tuition fees, you also need to consider the cost of any core textbooks that you need. This will be approximately £200. The School currently pays for any fieldtrips, but you may be required to pay a small, refunded deposit of £5 to secure your place on a trip. If there are any fieldtrips which would require you to pay, you would be notified of this well in advance.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
International tuition fees
The International Tuition fees for 2022/23 are £12,500.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This course is also available with Foundation Year as a Combined Honours degree with the following subjects: