BA (Hons) Childhood Youth and Community Studies

Childhood, Youth and Community Studies at Winchester encourages students to develop a critical awareness of research, policy and practice in relation to children, young people and their families.

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BA (Hons) Childhood Youth and Community Studies at University of Winchester

UCAS code: L590

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English is required.

Additional entry requirements: 

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check will be required for some optional modules (applicants cover the cost of this which is currently £44)

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate: 

26 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years)

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years)

2018 fee's are subject to approval by the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

For further details click here

Additional Costs:

Mandatory

  • Printing: First year students will have to pay for poster printing as part of their studies. Cost £4 - £8.  

Optional

  • Core texts: Books and other reading materials are very important to the Childhood, Youth and Community Studies programme. Most can be purchased second hand or are available from the library. However, students would benefit from being able to spend £100 a year on books and other reading materials. Cost £100 per academic year.
  • Travel: Students may incur travel costs for trips as part of an optional module in their third year. Cost £25.
  • Overseas trip: In the second year of study, students may have the option to go on a Seminar Study Abroad trip; this is in Canada and would be a week-long trip. Cost £1,000. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

USA

Work experience:

During Year 2 and Year 3, students have the opportunity to choose an optional volunteering module with children or young people; all students have opportunities for learning experiences outside the classroom.

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Student Satisfaction:

As rated by final year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey, Childhood, Youth and Community Studies achieved greater than 90 per cent overall satisfaction.

Our students have expressed outstanding levels of satisfaction in:

  • The course overall
  • The way staff explain things
  • Making the subject interesting
  • Advice and support

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

The programme has children and young people at its centre and focuses on the many influences which affect their learning, development, health and wellbeing. It draws on expertise from a wide range of relevant disciplines including education, health, sociology, psychology, criminology and social care. Students develop a holistic understanding of the knowledge and skills needed for multidisciplinary and team working in a range of communities and work settings.

Research and enquiry are significant aspects of the programme and students are encouraged to develop critical awareness and the ability to evaluate theory and research which underpins knowledge, understanding, policy and practice with children, young people and their families.

In Year 1, studies include child development, contrasting formal and informal learning, inequalities, health promotion and community development. In Years 2 and 3, this flexible degree enables students to explore particular age groups or specialisms such as education or health and the effects these may have on children's development.

There is an opportunity to take a volunteering module in Year 2, and a reflective practice module in Year 3; both modules involve reflecting on your experience of working alongside children or young people.

The programme is ideal for those interested in deepening their knowledge and understanding about children and young people, have career aspirations to work with children and or young people, but are as yet undecided upon a specific career pathway and wish to keep their options open. Opportunities for voluntary work and working alongside children and young people in settings enables students to link theory and policy with practice, informing career choices and supporting employability.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Development in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Learning Contexts
  • Understanding Inequality
  • Health Promotion
  • Academic and Employability Skills
  • Communicating with Individuals and Groups
  • Understanding Human Behaviour
  • Community and Community Development

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Inter-professional Practice
  • Social Research
  • Inclusion and Exclusion in Education
  • Children and Young People in Transition

Optional modules:

  • Children and Young People and Physical Activities
  • International Perspectives on Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Early Years Curriculum
  • The School Curriculum
  • Health and Care of Young Children
  • Health Issues for Young People
  • Working with Young People
  • Volunteering with Children and Young People

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Preparing for Professional Practice
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • Children and Young People's Mental Health
  • Outdoor Education
  • Reflective Practice
  • Young Parents
  • Deviance and Crime
  • Children, Youth and the Media
  • Substance Use and Misuse
  • Parents and Carers

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Key features of the student experience are:

  • Scholarly activities led by a team of tutors from a range of professional disciplines who are fully committed to a multi-disciplinary approach to work with children and young people.
  • Active engagement with practitioners and managers in the field who are keen to share their experiences as visiting speakers/ lecturers.
  • The opportunity to undertake voluntary work in a relevant area as preparation for employment.

Programme Leader

Teaching team

The programme is taught by an experienced and enthusiastic team of tutors with professional expertise in health; early years; primary education; youth work; additional needs; disabilities; sports; leisure and recreation; community development; community safety; and social work. The programme is further enhanced with inputs from practitioners working with children and young people.

The teaching team have a diverse range of research interests which actively inform the teaching on the programme. These research interests include:

  • The practice of professionals in early years contexts through an auto/biographical approach
  • Community football clubs and their role in developing connections between participants
  • Adolescence and disability, and health, wellbeing and the environment
  • Informal education, leadership and management and e-learning
  • Children, young people and families, commissioning and work force development
  • Using visual methodologies to support learning about anti-oppressive practice
  • 'Quality of Life' Issues for children and young people with chronic health conditions
  • Early Years and Forest schools, assessment and special needs

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 62 per cent coursework
  • 38 per cent written exams
  • 0 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 87 per cent coursework
  • 13 per cent written exams
  • 0 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 100 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 0 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates enter careers within charities and voluntary organisations; community work; early years settings; education; extended schools; health services; leisure and arts projects; play work; the police; services for young people and children's services.

Employability

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
UK and EU Students: Send us a message

International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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