96% of students were positive about being able to express their ideas, opinions and beliefs
The BA (Hons) Education, Childhood and Youth provides you with the knowledge and skills required for a range of careers working with children and young people, and the services which support them in education and wider contexts. The course is ideal for both people new to the area and experienced staff seeking career development. If you are interested in becoming a primary school teacher, we offer the guarantee of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Primary Education interview upon completion of this degree (providing you are on track to achieve a 2:2 or above and meet the course entry requirements). We also have excellent progression opportunities leading to our Master’s in Education.
During your course, you will consider a range of issues and perspectives surrounding working with children and young people in educational contexts. You will consider contemporary issues in relation to education and children’s lives, and the reality of growing up in the 21st century, including exploring issues around climate change, Black Lives Matter, mental health, social media, Covid-19, and LBGT student experiences. You will also explore the role of play in child development, how education can be used as a tool for overcoming challenging situations, education policy, and the types of schooling and support provided in the UK and internationally, as well as much more. We work with our students to explore and challenge a wide range of educational ideas and developments, and we value your perspectives and diverse experiences of education. We encourage independent thought and curiosity, and a belief in the potential of education as a tool for improving people’s lives.
Work experience placements are an integral part of the course and can be negotiated in a variety of settings such as hospices, children’s centres, charities, pupil referral units, prisons, youth centres, social work, schools, and other relevant settings.
We recognise that you will have a unique learning journey and we will maximise your potential through a wide variety of optional choices such as presentations, written assessments, reflective journals, report writing, peer mentoring, and written plans. Our course does not include any exams and we work hard to make our assessments inclusive and relevant to your career goals. We usually teach in smaller classroom-based student groups, as opposed to larger lecture theatres, to give you a supportive and personalised learning experience. Our staff work hard to help develop the confidence of our students.
The BA (Hons) Education, Childhood and Youth is three years full-time, and can be studied PART-TIME which requires you to attend daytime sessions. However, if you are employed in Early Years and already have a level 3 qualification, we offer a part-time Foundation Degree in Early Years Services or Foundation Degree in Supporting Children in Primary Education at our partner colleges. After completing your part-time foundation degree, you can then progress onto a final year of a part-time BA (Hons) degree.
This degree sits within the exciting range of Early Childhood, Young People, Family and Communities we offer within the School of Education.