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Childhood and Youth Studies

Bangor University
3 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program

Childhood and Youth Studies

This dynamic, multidisciplinary degree offers you the opportunity to study a diverse range of topics that relate to the lived experiences of children and young people in contemporary society, supporting you in pursuing careers within a variety of areas including teaching, social work, counselling and law.

Our teaching team have expertise and backgrounds in psychology, sociology, children’s rights, linguistics, education, forensics, health and welfare. This rich and diverse learning environment is a unique trait of our course, and gives you the opportunity to study childhood and youth from multiple perspectives.

The 3-year course is designed around three pathways, with modules relating to psychological, sociological and educational perspectives on issues relevant to childhood and youth in theory and in practic. The first year is designed to provide you with a strong foundation in all three strands. The second year continues to build upon these strands leading up to year three, where you can study at least four topics selected from the range of modules that are currently available across the pathways. In this final year you will also complete a major research project which enables you to deepen your expertise and knowledge in your chosen area. This course also includes placements, guest speakers, opportunities to study abroad as well as opportunities to present at conferences helping you develop both your academic and employability skills.

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Admission requirements

For 2020 entry:

Typical offer is based on a minimum of 96 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:

  • A Levels
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and
  • Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: Merit
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Access: Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma: Grade C
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 96 points from a minimum of 4 Higher Subjects
  • Welsh Baccalaureate

All students are subject to checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service and this must be judged to be satisfactory before the start of work placements.

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Skills for Learning & Work
  • Children and Society
  • Intro to Childhood Research

Semester 2

  • Children's Rights:Pers&Pract
  • Adventures in Growing Up

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Researching Childhood Core

Optional Modules

  • Inclusion & Learning Needs (Semester 1 + 2)
  • The Global Child (Semester 2)
  • Mentoring and Befriending (Semester 2)
  • Psychopathology in Children (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Adolescence (Semester 2)
  • Parenthood (Semester 1)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Dissertation (40) Core

Semester 2

  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

  • Working with Vulnerable Famili (Semester 2)
  • Identities in Childhood (Semester 1)
  • Substance Abuse in Families (Semester 1)
  • Children w. Com. Difficulties (Semester 2)
  • Profound Learning Difficulties (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Psych of Childhood&Crime (Semester 1 + 2)

Please choose 2 modules in semester 1 and 2 modules in Semester 2

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


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Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a BA (Hons) degree.

Career paths

The multi-disciplinary approach of the degreeprepares students for a broad range of career choices in education, psychology and sociology and allied professions in the public and private sector, including health, social care, youth and community work. Alternately, some students continue their studies on a Masters program or apply for a place on a PGCE Primary course. Should you decide to apply for the PGCE Primary course at Bangor, you will be offered an interview, if you meet the entry requirements.

This BA Childhood and Youth Studies is suitable for students who want to follow a career relating to any of the three main pathways that underpin the course: Education, Psychology and Social Science. As this course includes perspectives from all three strands, it allows the students the opportunity to discover their main area of interest, which then leads on to various professions within that field. The depth of knowledge gained on our course provides a very strong foundation from which to go on to specialise in various fields. These include, for example, careers in children’s services, management, teaching, social work, counselling, therapies and the law.

Employability is a key theme within the Childhood and Youth program and we have embedded a large number of opportunities within our degree to ensure our graduates have a strong CV. For example, students are given the opportunity to enrol on a Makaton course, become ambassadors for various charities and partake in voluntary work. In fact, many of our students have been so impressive on placements they have been offered work once they have finished their degrees.

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Work experience and placements

We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which includes supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.

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LL57 2DG Bangor Gwynedd
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