Teesside University Youth Work

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Teesside University Youth Work

BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies

UCAS code: LX59 BA/CYS

Are you interested in working with children, families or young people? Would you like to learn about how childhood has changed and why? Perhaps you are interested in how schools and education can help, or possibly hinder, some children or the role of social and justice services in protecting children and young people?

The programme is delivered by staff with specialist knowledge and practice in formal and informal education, sociology, psychology and social research. In the final year of the programme your dissertation allows for further specialisation as well as developing your research and analytical skills.You can study this programme with a range of career interests in mind, ranging from primary teaching to social work, education support work or youth and probation work and, after graduation with the right degree classification, you are ideally placed to further these career interests by moving into work or taking a professional qualification at postgraduate level.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Childhood and Youth Perspectives
  • Children’s Rights
  • Inclusion and Diversity in Education
  • Sociological Approaches to Children and Young People
  • The Developing Child and Young Person

Year 2 core modules

Pedagogy with Children and Young People

  • Research Methods in Childhood and Youth
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Working with Children and Families
  • Youth and Childhood Identities

and one optional module

  • Understanding and Supporting SEN in Early Years
  • Youth, Cultures and Transitions

Final-year core modules

  • Childhood and Youth Dissertation
  • Education, Identity and Society
  • Evaluating Work with Children and Young People
  • Global Childhood and Youth

and one optional module

  • Are we Doing Youth Justice
  • Contemporary Issues in Language and Literacy
  • Contemporary Issues in Youth Research, Policy and Practice
  • Mentoring in Education
  • Responses to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 72-88 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). You must have GCSE English Language at grade C (or equivalent). We recommend an Access course if you’re a mature student.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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