Childhood and Youth Studies and Sociology

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

Childhood and Youth Studies and Sociology

Sociology investigates social life and the way it shapes people's behaviour, beliefs and identity. Its subject matter ranges from examination of the face-to-face interactions of daily life to large-scale social institutions, social movements and global processes. By understanding the social world, we gain a better understanding of ourselves and our own social situations.

For the Childhood and Youth part of the course, you would follow innovative modules led by experienced School of Education staff to develop your understanding of the history of childhood, children’s rights, the nature of childhood and the role of adults working with children in a national, European and international context. You would engage in academic study in the fields of psychology, sociology, social policy, education, health and welfare relating to children’s lives.

This course course allows you to study Sociology as part of a joint honours degree (50% Sociology, 50% Childhood Studies and Youth).

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Admission requirements

For 2020 entry:

For Childhood and Youth Studies

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.

For Sociology

For joint degrees you should also look at the entry requirements for your other chosen subject.

Typical offer is based on a minimum 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: considered on a case by case basis
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Access: Pass
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma: Grade C
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted. International school leaving qualifications

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

  • Understanding Society
  • Skills for Learning & Work
  • Children and Society

Optional Modules

  • Human Geography (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Death of God (Semester 2)
  • Intro Modern History1815-1914 (Semester 1)
  • Existentialism (Semester 1)
  • Cymru yn y Byd Modern (Semester 2)
  • Islam:Hist, Soc and Beliefs (Semester 1)
  • Wales since 1789 (Semester 2)
  • Modern Politics in Action (Semester 2)
  • Intro: Judaism & Christianity (Semester 1)
  • Intro to Philosophy of Religio (Semester 1)
  • Introduction to Logic (Semester 2)
  • Cyflwyniad i Gristnogaeth (Semester 1)
  • Living the Good Life (Semester 2)
  • From Cradle to Grave (Semester 2)
  • Power, Freedom & the State (Semester 2)
  • Daearyddiaeth Dynol (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Introduction to Criminology (Semester 2)
  • Ess. Skills for Ac. Success (Semester 1)
  • Intro to Criminal Justice (Semester 1)
  • Children's Rights:Pers&Pract (Semester 2)
  • Adventures in Growing Up (Semester 2)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Social & Political Research
  • Classical Social Theory

Semester 2

  • Cont. Social and Political Deb

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

  • Theorizing Society & Politics

Optional Modules

  • Working with Vulnerable Famili (Semester 2)
  • Multilingual Childhood (Semester 2)
  • Identities in Childhood (Semester 1)
  • Plant a Cham-drin Sylweddau (Semester 1)
  • Substance Abuse in Families (Semester 1)
  • Children w. Com. Difficulties (Semester 2)
  • Psych of Childhood&Crime (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Work Placement - Semester 1 (Semester 1)
  • Race democracy * pol ideaology (Semester 2)
  • Modern Ideas & Movements (Semester 2)
  • Problemau Cymdeithasol Cymru (Semester 1)
  • Cymdeithaseg Cerddoriaeth (Semester 2)
  • Dissertation (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Policing, Security & The State (Semester 2)
  • Hawliau Ieithyddol (Semester 2)
  • Perspectives on Youth Crime (Semester 1)
  • Organised Crime and Counter-Te (Semester 1)
  • Social Issues (Semester 1)
  • Issues in Housing (Semester 1)
  • Y Gaethfasnach Drawsatlantig (Semester 2)
  • The Radical 1960s in Europe (Semester 1)
  • USA, 1945-2001 (Semester 1)
  • Europe 1945-1992 (Semester 1)
  • Hot Wars of the Cold War (Semester 1)
  • Bwdhaeth yn y Byd Modern (Semester 1)

*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 (Joint Hons) degree.

Career paths

The multi-disciplinary approach of the Childhood and Youth degree offers a broad range of career choices in education 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.

The study of sociology provides a sound foundation for a wide range of careers in the media, administration, personnel, teaching, and community and social work.

Courses at the School open up a range of opportunities for those who are interested in teaching, product design and working with children.

Graduates can also look forward to opportunities in a range of other career pathways. These interesting career opportunities could include:

  • Social work
  • Child care
  • Youth and community work
  • Publishing, journalism and the media
  • Museum and gallery education
  • Libraries
  • Public services
  • Human resources
  • Industry

Employability and Social Sciences degrees

Employers today need analytical and lateral thinkers who can play a part in almost any working environment. As a result, the breadth and flexibility of a social science degree makes it attractive to almost any employer. Our graduates have followed a wide range of career paths.


Sociology graduates enter a wide range of occupations including management, journalism, public relations, social work, personnel, teaching and research.

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