Institute of Education

Education, Childhood and Youth

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

The BA (Hons) Education, Childhood and Youth with Foundation Year provides you with the knowledge and skills that is required for a range of careers working with children and young people, and the services which support them, in education and wider contexts.

The BA (Hons) Education, Childhood and Youth with Foundation Year provides you with the knowledge and skills that is required for a range of careers working with children and young people, and the services which support them, in education and wider contexts.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code XXH3
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  • Fees View
  • Start Date(s) 17 January 2022, 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Cheshire College South and West (Crewe Campus), Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Education
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Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) Education, Childhood and Youth with Foundation Year provides you with the knowledge and skills that is required for a range of careers working with children and young people, and the services which support them, in education and wider contexts. Our Foundation Year programme has been designed to prepare you for studying at undergraduate level and provide you with the required skills and knowledge to transition effectively into Level 4 study. During your Foundation Year you will develop skills appropriate to University such as finding and using information, working collaboratively with others, challenging, and debating ideas and expressing yourself with greater confidence. The foundation year helps you to become familiar with University life and to feel at home on campus.

The course is suitable for people new to this area or experienced staff searching for career development. If you are interested in becoming a primary school teacher we offer the guarantee of a Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) 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 on to our Masters in Education. 

During your course, you, as an Education, Childhood and Youth student, will have opportunities to 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 and LBGT student experiences. You will also explore the role of play in child development, how education can be used as 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 learners’ own 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 assessment 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 and our staff work hard to help develop the confidence of our students.

This course is taught as a four-year full-time route although this degree 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 Education and SENDIS courses we offer within the School of Education.

What happens on the course?

At level 3 you will develop your underpinning knowledge of studying in higher education, the developing child, and the principles of inclusive education. Modules in the first year (level 3) focus on the following topics: (table of modules) and module descriptions

At level 4 you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of education and social justice, child and young person development and safeguarding. You will also begin to explore issues affecting education and childhood in contemporary Britain and will be introduced to relevant theoretical perspectives relating to education and childhood. Modules in the second year (level 4) focus on the following topics: (table of modules) and module descriptions

At level 5 you will build on your previous study and will develop your critical analysis on key issues in education, such as curriculum and the psychology of learning. You will also undertake a work placement in a setting of your choice during this year of study.  Modules in the third year (level 5) focus on the following topics: (table of modules) and module descriptions

At level 6 you will be able to reflect on your own value systems, question concepts and theories you have encountered in your studies and interrogate the assumptions underpinning research and your own practice. You will also undertake an independent research project on a topic of your choosing. Modules in the fourth year (level 6) focus on the following topics: (table of modules) and module descriptions

Throughout the course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of both our education system and of the lives and realities of children and young people in order to prepare you to enter graduate employment in a variety of roles.

At the University of Wolverhampton there are a range of teaching and learning activities to help you achieve successfully on your course. Your sessions will have formative learning opportunities and formative feedback from your tutors which will help you prepare for your final marked assessment (summative assessment). You will also be provided with feed forward written and/or oral feedback on your summative assessments that will help you develop your academic skills as you progress through your course.

All your modules will offer opportunities for you to interact, and to demonstrate practice, application, exploration, critique, dialogue and analysis of theory.   In each of your modules you will be provided with a structure of scheduled learning and teaching activities (both on campus and online) combined with guided and independent learning, to enable you to fully engage to achieve specified learning outcomes. These include:

  • Active contribution to lectures, group activities, including critical debate and discussion in seminars
  • Additional online consolidation activities
  • Guided reading 
  • Asynchronous discussion forums
  • Non-timetabled one-to-one meetings with Module Leader / Module Team
  • Preparation for scheduled learning and teaching activities
  • Preparation/Completion of assessment tasks
  • Revision tasks
  • Non-synchronous webinars
  • Wider reading and research activity

There are also a variety of assessment types are used to support and test your learning and progress and to help you develop employability skills that are valued beyond your university studies and into your working life.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

A range of employability skills is built into this programme in order that you develop and refine attributes that will be beneficial to you in the workplace, such as leadership, using critical thinking, and becoming a reflective practitioner.  You will also develop and consolidate a range of employability and transferable skills, including sharing information, presenting information and digital literacy. Employers are also interested in the broader skills you acquire, such as:

  • Written communication, developed through essays
  • Oral communication, gained through reasoned debates during seminars and presentations
  • The ability to work as part of a team, through collaborative group work
  • Research and analytical skills with the ability to judge and evaluate information
  • Organisational and time management skills, by prioritising tasks to ensure academic, social, and work commitments are completed on time
  • Negotiation, informally with peers and formally with staff
  • Problem solving
  • IT skills.

What do education graduates do?

Nearly three quarters (73%) of education graduates in employment in the UK 15 months after graduation are employed in education - including teaching and educational support assistants, primary and nursery education teaching professionals, secondary education teaching professionals and special needs education teaching professionals - Prospects

  • Primary school teacher
  • Learning mentor
  • Pastoral role in education
  • Youth worker
  • Researcher
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Teaching assistant/ learning support assistant
  • Education welfare officer
  • Roles in local education authorities
  • Charity worker
  • Play therapist/specialist
  • Family support worker
  • Further Education lecturer
  • Early years practitioner
  • Graduate employment

Many of our students go onto further study.  The most popular options are: the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) primary and Post Compulsory Education (PCE) and many graduates go on to work as primary or special education needs (SEN) teacher. There is also a progression opportunity to the Masters in Education.


Many of our students go onto further study.  The most popular options are: the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) primary and Post Compulsory Education (PCE) and many graduates go on to work as primary or special education needs (SEN) teacher. There is also a progression opportunity to the Masters in Education.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Your lived experience of this course will extend beyond the classroom.  You will be taught in our state-of-the-art teaching buildings at Walsall Campus, just a short walk from Walsall town centre and a bus ride from the centre of Birmingham and Wolverhampton.  Our provision includes: buildings which are fitted with interactive whiteboards, lecture theatres, and classrooms as well as social learning areas which include the Student Union. Walsall is a smaller campus with a real sense of community and offers everything you need to complete your studies in one place.

Our teaching staff have a wealth of experience in the field of education and are passionate about the subject. We have a real sense of pride in the quality of our teaching and work hard to offer our students a personalised and supported learning experience. Our lecturers pride themselves on the relationships they are able to develop with our students and the sense of belonging they help to promote. 

You will benefit from the team’s expertise as all our staff are actively engaged in research and publishing including ‘mental health and resilience,’ ‘healthy eating in schools,’ ‘impact and influence of teaching and assistant support,’ ‘inter-agency working,’ ’higher education and social justice’. We also have strong partnerships with a variety of settings and organisations in the education sector including local schools and wider educational settings within the community.

The Library will provide you with academic skills support via the Skills for Learning programme . You can attend workshops on campus or online or ask for one-to-one help on a range of skills such as academic writing and referencing. 1:1 online Skills appointments are also available.

The University Student Support website offers advice on a variety of matters (careers, counselling, student union advice, etc.) You can also access these services by booking appointment with the student union, careers, counselling services, etc.

Course Specific Support

  • You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will support you with the transition into higher education and will support you through your studies
  • Specific assessment support will be factored into each module.
  • If you have disabilities and/or specific learning difficulties you can gain a wide range of support from Student Support and Well Being team at the university
  • Higher Education academic skills will be embedded throughout the curriculum.

  • You will develop an independent, reflective, and self-managed approach to study and utilise skills appropriate for study in Higher Education.
  • You will Improve confidence in learning, study, and approaches to finding information and be aware of your existing transferable skills and new skills and how these may be developed
  • You will develop knowledge, be able to critically analyse, make judgments and evaluate key concepts, theories and principles in the area of education studies, childhood and youth
  • Analyse inclusion concepts, theories and issues in a systematic way. Identify and reflect on potential connections and discontinuities between aspects of subject knowledge and their application in social policies and contexts
  • Process and synthesise a range of relevant empirical and theoretical data to present and justify your chosen position
  • Reflect critically on your own value system and relate this to the construction of childhood and youth, and discover how your own values align with the wider education system.
  • You will also develop and consolidate a range of employability skills, including sharing information, working with and in groups, presenting information, digital literacy and critical thinking skills
  • Develop your professional and ethical practice to improve outcomes for children, young people, adults, and their families


Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Mandatory Costs

Enhanced DBS required at a minimum cost of £40. The cost of the DBS is determined by the Government and further information can be found here - GOV.UK / Disclosure and Barring Service.

Optional Costs

  • Various certified courses are available via My Course + More, ranging from £0-£200

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • NCFE CACHE L3 Diploma in Childcare and Education or NCFE CACHE L3 Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education - grade C
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Entry to this course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee.

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.


Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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