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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.

“After completing a BTEC in Health Sciences at college, I was attracted to Edge Hill University because of the beautiful campus, the abundance of library resources and the great accommodation.

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.

It’s proved to be a good decision as the teaching staff are friendly and knowledgeable, while the course content challenges you to think differently about social aspects of the world. Overall, it has taught me to consider different approaches to situations that I may not have done previously.

I like the fact that the course is practical and we produce assessed seminars that not only develop our knowledge, but also help to enrich the learning experience of others. We are also required to undertake our own research.

Throughout my studies I have been encouraged, to incorporate my personal interests into my work. This can be seen in my dissertation project which is titled ‘How Does Music, Specifically Heavy Metal, Punk and Rock, Influence Young People’s Self-Reported Mental Health?’

As music is an important factor in my life, I wanted to develop an understanding of why young people listen to specific genres of music and explore how this can influence them.

When I graduate there are two career paths I am interested in. One is to continue with my studies and embark upon an MSc in Psychology, with the possibility of progressing this further and undertake a PhD.

Alternatively, I may embark upon a career working with young people who have mental health issues. I would like to be able to set up youth cafes which provide young people with a safe place they can visit and receive the support they may need.

I feel sure that my degree will enable me to achieve my aims as it has helped me to develop a more open-minded and inquisitive attitude, improved my confidence when speaking publicly, as well as enhanced my communication and research skills.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies.