Childhood & Youth Studies and Sociology BA (Hons)
UCAS code: LX33
Examine issues that impact the lives and development of children and young people from a sociological perspective. Explore how society works and changes. Discover the experiences of others on field trips in the UK and Europe.
|Course length:||3 years full-time
6 years part-time
|Start dates:||September 2023
|Location:||Edge Hill University|
|Example offers:||BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria|
|Subject(s):||Sociology and Social Sciences|
|Faculty:||Arts and Sciences|
|Department:||History, Geography and Social Sciences|
Many say we are the product of our environment. But what role do social, political, cultural and economic factors play in the lives of children and young people?
Designed with future employability in mind, our BA Childhood & Youth Studies and Sociology combines two areas of knowledge that make natural partners, providing a stepping stone to a wide range of careers.
You’ll immerse yourself in the study of childhood and youth viewed through the lens of contemporary sociology. This means examining the social structures, institutions, processes and groups that shape our experience – from education and religion to popular culture.
With a range of optional modules, exciting field trips in the UK and Europe, work-based learning and research opportunities, this course can be adapted to suit your interests and ambitions. It will also give you the sort of transferrable skills employers love.
International students can apply
Learn a language option available
Sandwich year option available
Studying abroad option available
Work placement opportunity
What you'll study
Focus on tackling core themes within both disciplines, especially in areas where they intersect with and inform one another. You’ll complete modules covering topics like social and developmental psychology, social policy and welfare, political sociology and cultural studies. You’ll end the year with a real understanding of these key topics and will have the option of joining a three-day field trip to London.
Module code: SPY1126
Module code: SPY1127
Module code: SPY1125
Module code: SPY1120
Module code: SPY1123
Module code: SPY1124
Year 2 is your chance to explore your own areas of interest, while developing skills that will improve your career prospects through a work-based placement. Alongside optional modules, you’ll study armed conflicts and political violence, examine the idea of ‘Broken Britain’ and look at cultural understandings of the globalised world. You can also engage with specialists on a field trip to Amsterdam.
Module code: SPY2151
Module code: SPY2152
Module code: SPY2156
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Module code: SPY2155
Module code: SPY2154
Module code: TLC1010
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Module code: SPY2161
Module code: SPY2166
Module code: SPY2162
Module code: SPY2157
Research-led, cutting edge and with an international dimension. With its dynamic, wide-ranging programme, Year 3 puts specialism in the spotlight. Terrorism, sociology of the body and emotions, and young people’s relationship with social media are some areas you can investigate. We’ll also explore issues in professional practice with children and young people. There will be another chance for on-the-job experience with an optional placement and the opportunity of a field trip to a European city.
Module code: SPY3141
Module code: SPY3154
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Module code: SPY3145
Module code: SPY3152
Module code: SPY3144
Module code: SPY3153
Module code: SPY3143
Module code: SPY3148
Module code: SPY3142
Module code: SPY3147
Module code: TLC2000
Module code: SPY3158
Module code: SPY3151
Module code: SPY3146
Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.
How you'll study
The main forms of course delivery are lectures and workshop seminars, including videos, presentations and small group work. You can choose to build a national and a European field trip into your optional studies. You will typically be required to attend for three full days per week.
How you'll be assessed
Course assessments, including the use of portfolios, essays, information retrieval exercises, seminar presentations and case studies have been creatively designed to encourage the potential of all students.
There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.
Who will be teaching you
Our experienced staff have designed this course and our strong levels of student support ensure your time with us is an enjoyable, rewarding experience, underpinned by the extensive research activity and field experience of our team.
Members of the Departments of Social Sciences are at the forefront of teaching, research and publication in a number of areas including desire and sexuality, states, violence and terrorism, cultural and social theories and perspectives, culture and arts in society, professional practice, social work with children and families, education and youth issues.
Your degree will be supplemented by a series of research seminars and other talks. These will feature academic staff and visiting guest speakers from a range of professions and organisations.
Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)||Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).|
|T Level||Overall grade of Merit.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.|
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.
Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.
Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
The Department of History, Geography and Social Sciences is based in the Geosciences building. The contemporary facilities combine with a friendly and supportive learning environment to ensure that your studies are a rich and rewarding experience.
The Geosciences building features a large lecture theatre, small group teaching rooms, IT facilities and smaller tutorial spaces. There is also a large social area which encourages a more informal and interactive style of learning.
Where you'll study
£77 per credit
for 360 credits
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
Ideal for anyone wanting access to a multitude of careers, a childhood and youth studies and sociology degree is incredibly versatile. Education, training, social work and youth work are typical options. As are roles within health and social care, the probation service, youth justice services and the police.
But what if your ambitions lie elsewhere? Thanks to its multidisciplinary nature and combination of two distinct but closely linked subjects, this degree can also take you to more unexpected destinations.
With your extensive experience of reporting, presenting and working effectively – both as an individual and as part of a team – you could find yourself working in the media or entertainment industries. Or perhaps with a charity that advocates for young people, at home or abroad.
Incorporating a work placement into your studies will give you practical experience and offer useful insight into the day-to-day realities of working within certain types of organisations.
Alternatively, you might decide to continue your studies with a postgraduate course, or look for research opportunities.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Compulsory language module removed from first year.
The following Year 1 modules were removed:
- SPY1102 Child Developmental and Social Psychology (20 credits)
- SPY1103 Children and Young People in Society (20 credits)
- SPY1112 Introduction to Cultural Studies (20 credits)
- SPY1104 Introduction to Social Policy and Welfare (20 credits)
- SPY1110 Political Sociology (20 credits)
- SPY1111 Thinking Sociologically: Sociological Theory and Applications (20 credits)
The following Year 1 modules were added:
- SPY1126 Introduction to Child Developmental and Social Psychology (20 credits)
- SPY1127 Children and Young People in Society (20 credits)
- SPY1125 Sociology of the Everyday (20 credits)
- SPY1120 Introduction to Social Policy and Welfare (20 credits)
- SPY1111 Thinking Sociologically: Sociological Theory and Applications (20 credits)
- SPY1123 Power in Society (20 credits)
- SPY1124 Critical Issues in Sociology (20 credits)
The following Year 2 modules were removed:
- SPY2135 Broken Britain (20 credits)
- SPY2138 Cultural Analysis in a Global World (20 credits)
- SPY2136 States, Conflict and Political Violence (20 credits)
- SPY2129 Youth Studies: Key Concepts and Issues (20 credits)
- SPY2139 Self-Directed Learning (20 credits)
- SPY2127 Work-based Learning and Employability 1 (20 credits)
- SPY2123 Child Welfare, Family and the State (20 credits)
- SPY2130 International Perspectives on Children and Families (20 credits)
- SPY2126 Promoting Equality in Childhood (20 credits)
- SPY2128 Representations of Childhood and Youth in Popular Culture (20 credits)
- TLC1010 Language 1 (20 credits)
The following Year 2 modules were added:
- SPY2151 Broken Britain (20 credits)
- SPY2152 States, Conflict and Political Violence (20 credits)
- SPY2156 Youth Studies: Key Concepts and Issues (20 credits)
- SPY2155 Self-Directed Study (20 credits)
- SPY2154 Work-based learning and Employability 1 (20 credits)
- SPY2161 Children, Family and the State (20 credits)
- SPY2166 International Perspectives on Children and Families (20 credits)
- SPY2157 Representations of Childhood and Popular Culture (20 credits)
- TLC2000 Language 2 (20 credits)
The following Year 3 modules were removed:
- SPY3130 Sociology of the Body and the Emotions (20 credits)
- SPY3115 Youth Studies: Critical Perspectives (20 credits)
- SPY3129 Animals and Society (20 credits)
- SPY3109 Arts in Society (20 credits)
- SPY3118 Childhood and Sexuality (20 credits)
- SPY3105 Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice in Education Services (20 credits)
- SPY3032 Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice in Education Services for Children and Young People (20 credits)
- SPY3048 Critical Autism Studies (20 credits)
- SPY3106 Critical Perspectives on Children's Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
- SPY3110 Critical Terrorism Studies (20 credits)
- SPY3107 Issues for Professional Practice (20 credits)
- SPY3101 Self-Directed Study (20 credits)
- SPY3111 Social, Cultural and Political Ideas (20 credits)
- SPY3104 Social Work with Children and Families: Theory, Policy and Practice (20 credits)
- SPY3125 Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions (20 credits)
- SPY3127 Work-based Learning and Employability 2 (20 credits)
- SPY3116 Young People and Social Media (20 credits)
- TLC2000 Language 2 (20 credits)
The following Year 3 modules were added:
- SPY3141 Sociology of the Body and the Emotions (20 credits)
- SPY3154 Youth Studies: Critical Perspectives (20 credits)
- SPY3152 Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice in Education Services (20 credits)
- SPY3144 Critical Autism Studies (20 credits)
- SPY3153 Critical Perspectives on Children’s Health and Well-being (20 credits)
- SPY3143 Critical Terrorism Studies (20 credits)
- SPY3147 Issues of Professional Practice (20 credits)
- SPY3158 Self-Directed Study (20 credits)
- SPY3151 Social Work with Children, Young People and Families (20 credits)
- SPY3148 European Field Trip (20 credits)
- SPY3146 Work-based learning and Employability 2 (20 credits)
- TLC3000 Language 3 (20 credits)
- SPY3142 Global Capitalism and its Discontents (20 credits)
- SPY3145 Childhood and Sexuality (20 credits)
The above changes take effect for September 2023 entry.
With effect from 1 August 2022, the Department of Social Sciences will become the Department of History, Geography and Social Sciences. The new department will be based in the Geosciences building.