Get the skills, knowledge and qualification you need to work at a senior level in the Education sector, with children from 0-19, with this BA (Hons) in Childhood and Youth Studies (Top up). Designed for both students and staff, it will help you follow a rewarding career path in a variety of sectors, including early years, private or voluntary, within the youth and community sector, or in pupil referral units.

Focus on the development of children and youths through the curriculum from birth to nineteen, covering international approaches, reflecting on practice, studying theoretical perspectives and exploring the impact of social policy.

Reflecting on the growing demand from government to have more teacher-led educators educating children of today, you’ll critically analyse how theory links to practice and build the essential skills necessary for a successful career in education.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
1 year
September 2022
Awarding Partner:
Sheffield Hallam University
You’ll be taught by a team of fully experienced teacher educators with a wealth of knowledge from the childcare sector.

All staff have or are working towards higher level Master’s and Doctorate qualifications in Education. They all maintain strong links with Sheffield Hallam University and regularly update their knowledge and skills with the university and within the industry of education.

• Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent in the vocational or academic subject area.

• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded
You may be required to complete a satisfactory interview.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Year 1: Growing up in a Digital Age (20 credits)

Year 1: Growing up in a Digital Age (20 credits)

Year 1: Historical and International Perspectives (20 credits)

Year 1: Historical and International Perspectives (20 credits)

Year 1: Independent Specialised Research Project (40 credits)

Year 1: Independent Specialised Research Project (40 credits)

Year 1: Professional Reflective Practice (20 credits)

Year 1: Professional Reflective Practice (20 credits)

Year 1: Social policy (20 credits)

Year 1: Social policy (20 credits)
Level 6

75% Coursework
25% Practical
With this degree, you’ll be well prepared for a wide variety of roles in the education sector, including:

• Early years teacher - with a PGCE

• Family support worker

• Learning mentor

• Primary school teacher - with a PGCE

• Secondary school teacher - with a PGCE

• Special educational needs teacher/co-ordinator

• Social worker

• Teaching assistant

• Youth worker
Jobs where your degree would be useful also include:

• Child psychotherapist

• Children's nurse

• Community development worker

• Counsellor

• Educational psychologist

• Speech and language therapist
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing

If undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work

You will be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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