Undergraduate study
Childhood and Youth Studies

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?

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Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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  • Up to 5 years

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  • Enrolment date: September

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    Education, Early Childhood & Youth facilities

    The facilities available to Education, Early Childhood and Youth students at Teesside University are ideal preparation for a career in education. Students have access to many of the kind of resources that you would expect to find in an educational setting.

 

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

This module introduces you to the different ways in which the major social science disciplines (such as sociology, anthropology, psychology and criminology) have studied children and young people. In particular, the module examines the historical aspects of childhood and youth issues, and links learning to policy development and interventions. It provides you with foundation knowledge in theoretical concepts of childhood and youth and you relate this learning to current issues and concerns surrounding children and young people growing up in the UK today. This module includes an embedded study skills element, where you will be required to reflect on your learning and development, engage with key academic skills and assess your personal development planning.

The module will be assessed using ICA (50%) Personal Development Portfolio (maximum 2,500 words) and ECA (50%) take home exam - maximum 2,500 words (2 weeks allowed).

Children's Rights

The module introduces you to the concept of children’s rights and considers whether these exist, and if so, which ones. It examines the difference between ethical, social and legal rights and considers how these rights are protected and exercised within today’s society.

You develop your understanding of rights-based approaches to child welfare and well-being, providing you with an opportunity to examine theoretical concepts and frameworks that develop your understanding of children’s rights and examine current relevant social policy agendas. The module will be the location for introducing you to competing debates on issues around rights, responsibilities, ethics and citizenship.

The module assessment will be ICA (30%) children’s rights poster presentation, this will include a formative stage of a proposal; and ECA (70%) 2,500-word report on perspectives and debates surrounding children’s rights, with reference to case study example.

Inclusion and Diversity in Education

This module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding related to inclusion and diversity within education. It explores how educational settings become ‘learning communities’ that can shape learners. Content enables you to develop an understanding of how a multiplicity of issues can impact on children and young people's education, which can often marginalise or exclude individuals.

This module assists you to identify and explain a wide range of diversity, including religion, culture, race, social class, sexuality, gender and disability, from a U.K and international context. It questions factors contributing to social and educational exclusion and explores approaches to creating inclusive learning environments, to understand how practice can transform the learning experience for socially disadvantaged/disengaged groups.
Self-directed activities give you the opportunity to reflect upon your own position and beliefs regarding inclusive education. You reflect on an educational context of your choice to develop your understanding of inclusive education. You produce a written study assessing the effectiveness of the ‘learning community’ and how successful it is in providing an inclusive environment.

The module is assessed by a SWOT analysis and written reflection (1,000 words) of an educational context (25%) and a report (2,000 words) analysing the effectiveness of inclusion in an educational context (75%).

Sociological Approaches to Children and Young People

The module introduces you to the sociology of childhood and youth, in particular core sociological theories, the historical and contemporary construction of childhood and key concepts, such as class and stratification, gender and ethnicity, will be explored. In relation to this, examples of both recent and classic studies in the subject area will be examined and their approach to research with children and young people considered. Attention will be paid to relevant recent aspects of social policy, thus broadening the scope for the overall understanding of children and young people in society.

The Developing Child and Young Person

This module introduces you to the study of the developing human being from zygote to adult. Physical changes at each stage of development form individuals and connect the species we belong to: ante-natal, infancy, childhood, puberty, adolescence and young adulthood. Psychologists in particular have studied the development of consciousness, memory, learning, moral choice and social behaviours.

The assessment is a 3,000-word report (ECA 100%) that explains the physical and mental development of an adult from conception to 25 years old.

 

Year 2 core modules

Pedagogy with Children and Young People

This module provides you with an understanding of different approaches to pedagogy with children and young people so that you can select methods and theory appropriate to plan for a particular learning environment. You are introduced to the frameworks of relevant curricula and the principles underpinning them, the underlying theories about learning and the relationship between the pedagogue and child or young person.

The module also provides an introduction to planning for both open-ended, informal educational encounters and those more structured to meet particular desired learning outcomes, enabling you to choose and explore one approach in more depth.

For the ICA (40%), you are required to submit a plan (1,500 words) for a lesson or educational intervention. For the ECA (60%) you complete a reflective report (3,000 words) critically discussing your own planning document and its underlying pedagogy.

Research Methods in Childhood and Youth

This module enables you to understand the place and importance of research in policy and work with children and young people, and prepares you for the completion of your childhood and youth dissertation module in year 3.

The content focuses on three interrelated aspects of research: the philosophical basis of different methodologies, the practice of carrying out research (including issues of approach, method, sampling, analysis etc.) and how to ensure researchers follow developing ideas of good practice in research, with particular relation to issues of good ethical practice.

The module is assessed by:

ICA (10%): completion of a tutor-supplied research proposal template outlining a chosen research question and methodology.

ECA (90%): 3,000-word research proposal outlining either a primary or secondary research project to be undertaken by the student for their level 6 dissertation module.

Safeguarding Children

The module will focus on changing constructions of childhood and policy responses to changing perceptions of risk to children.

Areas explored will include the creation of child protection services, the relationship between incidence of child abuse and social inequality, recent policy responses, such as Every Child Matters, and their relationship to changing perceptions of childhood, the family and the role of the state.

Assessment will be via a 3,500 word essay ECA.

Working with Children and Families

Youth and Childhood Identities

This module will explore the sociology of youth and childhood identities. It will be informed by up-to-date research concerned with the identities of children and young people from the developed and developing world. The areas explored will specifically focus on the different identities of children and young people in relation to ethnicity and culture, gender, sexuality and location and belonging. You will enhance your understanding of the diverse ways in which children and young people construct identity, and how these identities may add to social difference, divisions and inequalities. As well as exploring sociological research, attention will be paid to relevant social policy, thus broadening the scope for the overall critical approach taken in this module.

 

and one optional module

Understanding and Supporting SEN in Early Years

You consider Special Educational Needs (SEN) in relation to early years. You explore the concept of inclusion of children with SEN and the impact of policy and legislation. You look at the systems and processes in place to identify and support children with SEN. You explore the practitioner's role and the expectations of working with the children's families and other agencies. You also consider how the barriers to learning and development can be addressed as far as possible in practice so that children with SEN can be supported and progress towards their full potential. Some of the areas studied include autism, ADHD, hearing-impaired children, Down’s syndrome, visually-impaired children.
You are assessed by a 3,500 word assignment where you critically analyse legislation and impact in relation to the chosen SEN and outline issues and challenges.

Youth, Cultures and Transitions

This module provides an up-to-date, in-depth, research-based understanding of youth culture and transitions in Britain. It brings together the two major traditions of youth research in the UK: the study of youth culture, sub-culture and identity; and the study of the transition to adulthood.

The first half of the module is concerned with the key trends, debates and studies of youth culture and how studies of working-class sub-cultures have been theorised, youth (sub) culture and post-modernity.

The module then addresses youth transition, describing and analysing the various social, cultural, economic and psychological factors that affect the transition from school to work. Studies from North East England are used to combine cultural studies of young people with a focus on youth transitions.

 

Final-year core modules

Childhood and Youth Dissertation

The Youth and Childhood Studies dissertation provides an opportunity for you to define your own research topic and work on this over an extended period of time. It should also be regarded as the culmination of the programme and the arena in which theoretical frameworks and ideas encountered elsewhere are tested.

The nature of the project varies as appropriate to the topic. Consequently you may choose to do a wholly library-based thesis or, alternatively, a piece of empirical research.

This module is student-directed with the supervisor acting in a facilitative role as a consultant. The module involves an 8,000-10,000 written dissertation.

Education, Identity and Society

You explore and engage critically with the role of education in society and its relation to the reproduction of social inequalities. You are informed by up-to-date research and develop your understanding of the impacts and consequences of existing education provision and policy, exploring it in relation to areas such as class, ethnicity and gender; and how these areas may reflect and add to social difference, divisions and inequalities in society. As well as exploring sociological research, you also explore relevant social policy, broadening the scope for the overall critical approach.
You are assessed by an essay.

Evaluating Work with Children and Young People

Careful analysis of effective practice requires good use of data and a clear overview of what is going on in a project. This module helps you design and carry out an evaluation of your organisation.
You are assessed by a report and essay.

Global Childhood and Youth

This module reveals the impact of the process of globalization on the experiences and identities of children and young people. It considers definitions of globalization and what the process constitutes. Content allows you to explore how globalization is potentially transforming the lives of children and young people. In particular, content focuses on the ways relations between the global and the local are configured and reconfigured in contemporary society, with a particular consideration of transitions in the early life course, culture and identity. It also critically examines the way new multimedia technologies might provide opportunities for the creation of transnational and convergent cultural practices, and the extent to which we may need to rethink established notions of childhood and youth in a global context.

Assessment is via a 1,000-word report (ICA 25%) and a 3,000-word essay (ECA 75%).

 

and one optional module

Are we Doing Youth Justice

In the first part of this module you will focus on youth crime and causation exploring a range of theories about why children and young people get involved in crime. The module also focuses on children and young people as victims of crime. Building from the first part of the module, the second part examines youth justice. You will look at how or if theories of youth criminality underpin youth justice practice.

Contemporary Issues in Language and Literacy

This module enables you to develop an understanding of language and literacy in early childhood.

The module will enable you to understand children’s language acquisition and development and the adult’s role in supporting this, you will explore language acquisition theories and how they inform early years practice and learn about what needs to happen in the early years to enable children to become literate.

You will also have the opportunity to explore contemporary debates in language and literacy, such as the impact of TV on language acquisition and development, how fathers affect children’s language learning and the importance of reading for pleasure.

The module is assessed by a 3,500 word report that analyses the language acquisition and development of a young child. You will analyse the child’s development, the adult’s interactive strategies and relate these to language acquisition theory.

Contemporary Issues in Youth Research, Policy and Practice

This module looks at contemporary research relating to young people. You will look at how this informs our understanding of their lives. It will help you to develop an awareness and an analytical approach to thinking about policy and practice in relation to young people.

Mentoring in Education

Responses to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

This module explores the issues and challenges around inclusive provision for children with special educational needs (SEN). You will investigate and discuss the range of SEN that children may have, critically evaluating the intervention and support strategies that may be employed by an educational organisation. You will analyse the roles and responsibilities of different individuals who may be involved in providing support for inclusive practice. This module will encourage you to debate the wider policies and practices associated with inclusion and to focus on the impact on the child. You will also touch on the legislative frameworks that govern inclusive practices in compulsory education settings.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Under the guidance of experienced and committed staff, your learning involves a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and guided reading. In lectures, specific information is delivered to larger groups while in the smaller seminar groups issues can be explored in more depth. Workshops are informal sessions in which you can extend your knowledge or seek further clarification of issues. Apart from scheduled teaching sessions, staff are readily available to provide further academic support and guidance. Some modules make use of a variety of guest speakers, such as academics and practitioners, to deliver lectures that enhance your learning experience and broaden your education.

How you are assessed

Assessment is varied and includes essays, case studies, literature reviews, essay plans, presentations, examinations and a dissertation. You also undertake formative assessments, tasks which do not count towards your overall mark but provide you with feedback so you can realise your full potential in those assessments that do count.


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Career opportunities

This programme develops your independent thinking and analytical and communication skills and will help you become a clear and confident writer – all crucial to modern jobs and particularly those based around working with children and young people in a holistic fashion. Completion of this degree will support potential careers in public services, such as educational support roles in schools and colleges, the police, probation and local authority, youth support services and voluntary sector projects.

Some graduates pursue careers in primary schools and adult education sector training.

All programmes are designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree course. Our staff utilise their extensive connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. We also offer extensive support for students to find and secure sandwich year placements which have been shown to make have significant positive impact on a student’s career prospects on graduation.

Our award winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

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.

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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.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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Part-time

  • Up to 5 years

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  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September

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