|Course Length:||3 Years Full-Time|
|Start Dates:||September 2016, September 2017|
|Department:||Department of Social Sciences|
|Location:||Edge Hill University|
- UK and European field trips are key features of this degree;
- Prepare for career options with a focus on child and youth services, including social work, teaching and youth work;
- Combine with another degree subject to give you a programme of study directly relevant to your interests.
This degree is for those who wish to work with children and young people but have not decided upon a specific career pathway. Drawing on a variety of disciplines including sociology, education, psychology, social policy and youth studies, you will explore the social, cultural, political and developmental contexts of childhood and youth from early years through to later childhood and youth. You will develop your interest and understanding of the factors that affect children and young people in today’s society, and the changing local, national and global contexts which shape their lives and that of their families and communities. You will take part in field trips, as well as work-based learning and employability modules, which are designed to help prepare you for future employment.
I’ve found the course to have lots of practical aspects which has opened up doors to a wide range of careers, including teaching.
I now realise that my skills had lain dormant for too long, with my time at Edge Hill proving to me that I can work to a very high standard and push myself to meet deadlines.
I chose to study the BA (Hons) in Childhood and Youth Studies because it covered a wide variety of interesting topics, offered variation in assessment strategies and led onto careers in areas that interested me.
Through studying this degree I have acquired a thorough understanding of the services, policies and practices which affect children and young people, and have also gained the knowledge I need for employment once I graduate.
Course in Depth
What will I study?
In Year 1 you will gain a broad understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of the study of childhood and youth. Historical, social and policy contexts will be explored and you will be encouraged to look at your own beliefs and value systems.
Year 2 develops your academic and research skills and extends your understanding and analysis of childhood and youth in a range of knowledge and practice areas. You will cover a range of subjects including youth offending, international perspectives on children and families, and representations of childhood and youth in the media and in popular culture.
In Year 3 you will study a range of modules that reflect both theoretical and practice issues and staff research. You will analyse the political, economic, social and cultural contexts within which professional practice with children takes place. The dissertation enables you to complete an independent piece of research and present the findings in a detailed and coherent format.
How will I 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. This involves an intensive, brief period of study in London and/or a major European city such as Amsterdam.
How will I be assessed?
Course assessments, including the use of portfolios, essays, information retrieval exercises, seminar presentations, case studies as well as examinations, have been creatively designed to encourage the potential of all students.
Who will be teaching me?
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.
Our publishing and research interests include: safeguarding children and young people; childhood, youth and sexuality; the politics of childhood and young people’s rights; young people’s drug use; young people and conflict; children and young people’s mental health.
SPY1102 Child Developmental and Social Psychology (20 credits)
Child Developmental and Social Psychology identifies and explores the major issues and debates of relevance to early childhood studies and childhood & youth studies within the discipline of psychology. In considering the importance and impact of developmental psychology on the study of childhood and youth, the module focuses on cognitive development, attachment theory, personality theories and views of intelligence in psychology. It additionally addresses key perspectives in social psychology including theoretical perspectives concerning social identity and group processes, psychological explanations of aggression and attitude, and wider interpersonal influences.
SPY1103 Children and Young People in Society (20 credits)
Children and Young People in Society explores both historical and contemporary dimensions of childhood and youth. The module introduces the idea that childhood is a social construction dependent on the history, cultural values and power structure of the society in which children live. You will consider the way in which the social, economic, political, scientific, legal and institutional contexts in which children have lived and live today shapes their experience of childhood. The module challenges some commonly held beliefs about children and the institutionalisation of childhood. It also provides a personal development programme that will develop essential academic skills including time management, academic reading and writing, information retrieval, critical thinking and analysis.
SPY1104 Introduction to Social Policy and Welfare (20 credits)
Introduction to Social Policy and Welfare provides an overview of some of the key areas of social policy and welfare, such as education, health, employment, poverty and child welfare. The module offers a critical introduction to key approaches to the development of social welfare policy and the political ideologies that have influenced it in historical and contemporary perspective, exploring how these approaches to the provision of welfare compare and contrast with one another. You will also discover different philosophical and ideological understandings of key concepts in social policy, including equality, rights, liberty, social justice and deservingness and how they have – and might – influence the development and implementation of contemporary social policy.
SPY1105 Understanding Social Concepts (20 credits)
Understanding Social Concepts introduces sociological concepts to students who have never studied sociology before and introduces a different way of thinking sociologically for those students who have some grounding in the discipline. The module will enable you to understand sociology as a subject but also to appreciate the practical application of sociology in making sense of society and your place within it. The aim is to encourage you to view sociology as a “living subject, a living practice and a living way of coming to know about the world” (Jenks, 1998).
SPY1107 Exploring the Social World (20 credits)
Exploring the Social World offers an opportunity for you to explore your personal beliefs and attitudes towards a range of social issues. Visiting speakers will talk to you about particular issues and related social campaigns. Working in teams, you will choose a social issue to focus on and you will be introduced to basic research skills so that you can look further into them. You will be supported in collecting, describing and evaluating a range of materials and you will use your findings in order to design a leaflet and poster campaign in support of (or in opposition to) your chosen issue.
SPY1113 Working with Children, Young People and Families (20 credits)
Working with Children, Young People and Families introduces you to notions of professional work with children and young people including issues around interprofessional working, law and policy. The module considers issues which may arise when working with young people as a professional and begins to unpick the contrasting notions of professionalism and managerialism.
Language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of SPY1107 Exploring the Social World.
SPY2121 Research Methods One (20 credits)
Research Methods One provides you with an important grounding in social research methods. The module gives you an overview of the fundamental aspects of social research including philosophical approaches to knowledge production, literature searching, sampling and ethics. It addresses both quantitative and qualitative approaches. You will have the opportunity to choose a topic and design, conduct and report on a piece of your own research. This will involve the use of a range of different methods including interviews and questionnaires and you will be supported in this process through the module’s seminar programme.
SPY2129 Youth Studies: Key Concepts and Issues (20 credits)
Youth Studies: Key Concepts and Issues provides you with an understanding of the key themes, concepts, issues and debates in the field of youth studies. Starting from an historical perspective, you will look at the broader social, economic and political factors which have shaped understandings about youth and the so-called ‘youth question’ from early to late modernity. The module will then turn to contemporary debates about youth, including themes such as transition, risk, culture and social policy.
You will select one of the following modules:
SPY2127 Work-based Learning and Employability 1 (20 credits)
Work-based Learning and Employability 1 is designed to bridge the world of higher education with the world of work. You will develop a critical understanding of the changing context of work and of social, economic and political factors shaping the labour market and contemporary patterns of employment. There will be an opportunity to apply theory and disciplinary specialist knowledge to practical experience within a work-based setting with students undertaking a 60 hour placement. You will also enhance and develop a range of transferable skills to enhance your employability.
SPY2139 Self-Directed Learning (20 credits)
Self-Directed Learning enables you to focus on a particular agreed topic or focus and explore it, with tutorial support, to produce a project-based piece of work which relates to a particular career trajectory. The project will involve addressing a social issue or problem and/or one organisation’s response (voluntary, public or private sector) to a social issue or problem. It will involve not only desk research such as library searches but information retrieval from a range of primary sources. The self-directed learning focus allows for a sense of both leading on the learning taking place and reflecting on its progress, problems and problem-solving.
You will select three of the following modules:
SPY2122 Research Methods Two (20 credits)
Research Methods Two enhances your knowledge of social research and your skills in applying this knowledge. You will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of methodologies and methods including a variety of innovative approaches to social research, such as visual methods. An introduction to evaluation is also provided. You will get the opportunity to carry out your own innovative research project using photography. This will be on a topic of your choice and you will be given support to design and carry this out through the module’s seminar programme.
SPY2123 Child Welfare Family and the State (20 credits)
Child Welfare Family and the State provides you with the opportunity to explore the focus and structure of child protection and welfare services for children and young people. The module considers the complexity of the relationship between the state, the family and the child in the context of children and young people’s welfare and well-being. You will be given the opportunity to explore and assess key legislation and policy initiatives that focus on child welfare and the protection of children and consider their influence on practice with children and their families.
SPY2124 Children's Cultural Worlds (20 credits)
Children’s Cultural Worlds introduces you to some of the ways in which children experience and organise their social worlds. You will learn about a variety of children’s cultural practices from this perspective such as their play, friendships, family, sexuality, food, literature and language practices. In order to do this you will study a range of research which has taken a ‘naturalistic’ approach to children’s cultural practices. Naturalistic studies are those which seek to remain faithful to the nature of the phenomena which they investigate. In the study of human social life, this requires being faithful to how the people we study actually experience things. It involves refusing to impose our own views on other people but trying to gain an appreciation of how they look at things, how they understand things and how they organise their lives from their own points of view. This module will help you to develop this particular analytic sensibility.
SPY2125 Children, Food and Sustainability (20 credits)
Children, Food and Sustainability examines children’s food practices, environmental issues and the links between the two. The module introduces the analysis of children’s food practices and relations with animals and the environment under the rubric of understanding connections between children, childhood and nature. Themes to be studied include food practices in schools, food poverty, children and climate change and child-animal relations. These topics provide rich areas for investigating important developments in early childhood studies including children’s agency, voice and rights, in addition to children’s health, childhood consumption and children’s ethical engagement with the natural world. The module also illuminates debates on educational philosophy and explores childhood as a time and space for democratic and ecological renewal.
SPY2126 Promoting Equality in Childhood (20 credits)
Promoting Equality in Childhood provides you with an overview of strategies to promote equality and social justice for children in institutional settings. The module will explore processes of discrimination and oppression and focus on the ways in which practitioners and those working with children and families might promote equality and raise children’s awareness of issues relating to diversity and equality. You will also focus on policy and practice with those who might be considered to come from some of the most marginalised sections of society and enhance your appreciation of the importance of anti-oppressive practice in working with such children, young people and their families.
SPY2128 Representations of Childhood and Youth in Popular Culture (20 credits)
Representations of Childhood and Youth in Popular Culture explores and analyses the ways in which childhood and youth are represented in popular culture in historical and contemporary genres. These representations will be examined in the context of popular culture about, and specifically for, children and young people. A critical approach will be adopted by drawing on theoretical perspectives including cultural theory and constructions of childhood and youth. In taking this approach, consideration will be given to representations of social divisions such as age, gender, sexuality, race and disability. Areas of study will include children as adventurers and heroes, children and young people in war and conflict, representations of children and young people’s experiences of education, and the globalisation of childhood.
SPY2130 International Perspectives on Children and Families (20 credits)
International Perspectives on Children and Families establishes a global perspective on the study of children and young people. The module provides the theoretical underpinning for the study of childhood, youth and family in an international context. It adopts a socio-cultural approach, drawing on differences within the European experience, and expanding to global dimensions to consider experiences in culturally different and developing societies. The aim is to consider how constructions of childhood, family and youth are shaped by interactions between cultural representations and political and economic structures in differing social contexts. Global interconnectedness will also be explored, recognising how global influences and an understanding of globalisation trends increasingly shape the social and cultural experiences of children and families.
SPY2131 Youth Offending: Critical Perspectives (20 credits)
Youth Offending: Critical Perspectives provides a grounding in issues of youth offending. The module contains an introduction to policies around children, youth and crime and provides a background to current practices around the management of youth offending, in particular the issues of case and risk management. It will explore issues affecting youth offending but will place these in a critical and international context.
If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.
SPY3100 Dissertation (40 credits)
Dissertation provides an opportunity for you to engage in an independent study of a relevant area of social science area of your choice, supported by tutorial guidance and supervision to deliver an extended piece of writing.
SPY3115 Youth Studies: Critical Perspectives (20 credits)
Youth Studies: Critical Perspectives takes a critical analytical approach to the contemporary ‘Youth Agenda’ and the wider social, economic and political factors shaping work with young people. The module will address issues concerning such subjects as citizenship, education, training, young people’s health, housing, youth justice, employment, transitions etc. The module is intended to provide a forum to enable you to engage with research, services, theories and practice in working with young people.
You will select three of the following modules:
SPY3103 International Perspectives on Early Childhood, Education and Care (20 credits)
International Perspectives on Early Childhood, Education and Care investigates the way in which childhood and family are understood and shaped in different countries by policy and practice. You will compare provision and policy in different countries and develop a critical and comparative approach in order to understand the way in which what we provide for children and families in terms of education, health and social care is influenced by, and influences how, we see the place of children and the role of the family in particular societies.
SPY3104 Social Work with Children and Families: Theory, Policy and Practice (20 credits)
Social Work with Children and Families: Theory, Policy and Practice provides you with an understanding of the role of social work in children and young people’s services. The module will examine the way that the needs of children impact on their position in family and society and how this impact affects theirs and their families/carers’ ability to navigate and articulate their experiences. The implications these features have for children and for family social work practice, relating to both safeguarding and family support roles, will be explored.
SPY3105 Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice in Education Services (20 credits)
Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice in Education Services enables you to critically examine the world of children’s education. Lying at its heart is the claim that education is a political activity which confronts a range of issues to do with ideology, politics and values which in themselves function at a variety of different levels of power, status and influence. Themes of the module include the marketisation of education, the equal opportunities trap, educational philosophy, and globalisation and education. You will focus on competing discursive narratives which demonstrate the intensely political nature of education, teaching and learning.
SPY3106 Critical Perspectives in Children's Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
Critical Perspectives in Children’s Health and Wellbeing presents you with the opportunity to explore key social, political and cultural perspectives on children’s health and wellbeing. In recent years, health programmes have focused on promoting good physical health, mental health and emotional wellbeing by encouraging children, young people and their families to develop healthy lifestyles and, in doing so, tackle health inequalities. Opportunities will be provided to reflect upon current legislation, policy and the socio-political and cultural influences that impact on the health and wellbeing of children and young people. A key feature of the module will be its emphasis on the position of children and young people’s voices in theory, policy, research and practice and their participation in the decisions that impact their lives.
SPY3107 Issues for Professional Practice (20 credits)
Issues for Professional Practice involves a critical examination of professions, professional identity and professional practice in the context of welfare, health and education services for children, families and adults. The module will provide you with the opportunity to consider and critically analyse the meaning and development of professionalisation, frameworks for ‘best practice’ and the implications of current policy and strategies for intervention. The module will enable you to critically engage with such ideas, concepts and issues as professional power, partnership, developmentalism, inter-professional and multi-agency working, in addition to anti-oppressive, reflective and ‘critical practice’. The aim is to provide opportunities for critical analysis of the links and relationships between theory and practice and to encourage the use of learning from previous experience and learning.
SPY3109 Arts in Society (20 credits)
Arts in Society focuses upon the way that a range of feminist and community-based artists work with specific communities and the general public in order to address social issues. The module enables you to explore and develop notions of social justice and community engagement through innovative and creative means. In its examination of the ways in which the arts can ameliorate social conditions, it raises philosophical, ethical and practical issues. You will have the opportunity to learn about a range of artists and practices and the resonance these have with the social issues that are meaningful to them and their study. You will be encouraged to think creatively and reflectively and be expected to engage with works of art as well as with critical literature.
SPY3116 Young People and Social Media (20 credits)
Young People and Social Media takes a critical analytical approach to social media and the wider social, economic and political factors shaping the use of social media by young people. As we increasingly live our lives online it is important for social scientists to analyse the meaning and nature of mediated personal and public relationships and gain an understanding of how this affects the construction of our everyday lives. The module will undertakes a systematic analysis of a number of key issues around social media.
SPY3118 Childhood and Sexuality (20 credits)
Childhood and Sexuality juxtaposes how children and young people are constructed simultaneously as desexualised or pre-sexual beings and, therefore, in need of protection and, at the same time, young people, in particular, are portrayed as sexually ‘promiscuous’ or engaged in sexual ‘risk taking behaviour’. The module introduces you to the tensions between these contradictory constructions of youth sexuality and explores the ways in which young people understand their sexuality and develop their sexual identity.
SPY3120 Children and Migration (20 credits)
Children and Migration critically analyses the involvement of children in international and internal migration around the world. The module reveals the differential attention paid to children in migration research, linking this to major discourses on migration and related policy-making. Burgeoning research on the topic is showing that children and young people get involved in different kinds of migration which bear different policy implications; nonetheless, the impact of migration on children and that of migrant children on receiving societies is largely ignored. The module will also look at how different cultural definitions of childhood are exposed as a result of migration.
SPY3125 Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions (20 credits)
Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions provides you with the opportunity to intensively study a particular society and culture through some of its contemporary issues. The module allows for the comparative cultural analysis of a different society to the one you live in, focused around some preparatory lectures and reflective sessions and an intensive study trip to that country. The focus of the study trip will be to explore both comparisons and contrasts, and use the experience of difference to explore social and cultural issues and problems.
SPY3127 Work-based Learning and Employability 2 (20 credits)
Work-based Learning and Employability 2 is designed to bridge the world of higher education with the world of work. You will develop a critical understanding of issues related to organisational structure, leadership and culture. There will be an opportunity to apply theory and disciplinary specialist knowledge to practical experience within a work-based setting through undertaking a 60 hour placement. You will develop your personal and professional profiles through continuous reflection on practice using student-centred learning opportunities. Throughout the module you will also develop your employability profile in preparation for career entry.
If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.
Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme 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.
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Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting 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.
The UCAS Tariff system, which allocates points to a range of qualifications in university entry requirements, is changing for students joining programmes from September 2017 onwards.
- 2016/17 Entry – 280 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required;
- 2017/18 Entry – 112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.
Some typical examples of how you can achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.
- A Levels – BBC;
- BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
- Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma.
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
As long as 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 the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
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International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).
Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.
What are my career prospects?
Future career paths include education, training, social work, youth work, probation service, youth justice services, the police force, work in the voluntary sector and international aid work. The programme is designed to enhance employability and future work opportunities.
How can I enhance my employability?
It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.
Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:
- Sandwich Year – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement as part of your programme (usually the third year of a four year degree) and gain highly relevant work experience;
- Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional year (usually the third year of a four year degree) studying or working abroad;
- Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to select the language modules as additional study.
Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or study abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.
Tuition fees for full-time study on this undergraduate degree are £9,000 per annum for UK and EU students and £11,350 per annum for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.
Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2016.
Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.
Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.
Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.
To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.
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Course ChangesThis page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.
9th June 2016 - New Module Added
A Language module is now available as a Year 3 option, providing Language modules were studied in Years 1 and 2.
23rd May 2016 - Change of Modules
Although the broad themes of the programme remain largely the same, all previous modules have been replaced with a suite of new modules. This new programme structure is being implemented from September 2016 entry.
There is also now the option of selecting a Language module in French, Spanish or Mandarin as an integral part of this degree in Year 1. A Language module is also available as a Year 2 option, providing a Language module was studied in Year 1.