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 2019
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)
Develop an understanding of how digital technology influences children, exploring the changes in it throughout the years and identifying the implications or advantages that it has on education today.

Year 1: Historical and International Perspectives (20 credits)
Develop a critical understanding of international schooling and curriculums from around the world, drawing on the historical concept of childhood through the Beveridge Report and further key changes in the historical educational timeline.

Year 1: Independent Specialised Research Project (40 credits)
Explore your chosen area of interest, enhance your working practice and developing your research and academic skills with this double module.

Year 1: Professional Reflective Practice (20 credits)
Reflect on your experience in your chosen specialist area, delivering a portfolio and Viva Voce presentation.

Year 1: Social policy (20 credits)
Build your knowledge and understanding of social policy within the childcare sector from birth to eighteen.
Aubrey, K and Riley, A (2015) Understanding and Using Educational Theories
Ball, S. J (2005) Education Policy and Social Class: The Selected Works of Stephen J. Ball
Bartlett, S and Burton, D. M. (2009) Key Issues for Undergraduate Researchers
Christensen/Jam (2008) Research with Children: Perspectives and Practices
Cohen, L et al. (2011) Research Methods in Education
Cottrell, S (2013) The Study Skills Handbook
Facer, K. L. (2011) Learning Futures: Education, Technology, and Social Change
Giardiello, P (2013) Pioneers in Early Childhood Education: The Roots and Legacies of Rachel and Margaret McMillan, Maria Montessori and Susan Isaacs
Kumar, R and Kumar, P. K. (2014) Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners
Littleton, K, Wood, C and Staarman, J. K (2012) International Handbook of Psychology in Education
Mufti, E, Murphy, L and Kassem, D (2008) Education Studies: An Introduction
Roberts-Holmes, G (2005) Doing Your Early Years Research Project: A Step-by-Step Guide
Starkey, L (2012) Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
The course is run in a classroom environment, allowing you to share your ideas and reflections with your peers. You will also receive tutorial support and sessions focused on wider areas in lifelong learning throughout your course. In addition, you will be advised to gain experience within an educational setting.

Examples of assessments on the course include:

• Presentation
• Written assignments including essays, reports and reflective journals
• Reflective journals and accounts on your practice
• Viva Voce
• Dissertation
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.

You can also find details of part time and international fees.
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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.

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