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.

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

UCAS code: L590

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

2017 Entry: 104-120 points

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 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** 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 £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. 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 £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years) 

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years) 

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

For further details click here

Additional Costs:


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


  • 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):


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.


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:

Students on the course have commented positively on:

  • "I have always got the support when I have asked for it ….. I think its brilliant, I couldn't ask for more"
  • "The lecturers and speakers were very informative and made what they were saying relevant and interesting"
  • "The help of tutors and lecturers is absolutely wonderful"

The above quotes are taken from the Childhood Youth and Community Studies video and from recent module evaluations.

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.

**If you are starting your degree in September 2017, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 (Home and EU), £34,800 (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

The Childhood, Youth and Community studies programme adopts a diverse range of teaching methods including lectures; seminars; tutorials; group work; debates; directed tasks guided reading and individual project supervision. These teaching methods are designed to support student learning and progression, from initial support and guidance in Year 1 to more independent and self-directed learning in Year 3.

As students progress, they are encouraged to develop and implement a more critical approach to theories, findings and approaches.

The Childhood, Youth and Community Studies programme places great emphasis on the learning experience and the quality of teaching. These are fixed agenda items on the programme committee which has student representatives on it from each year group.

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available. In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

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

Typical assessment methods include essays, presentations, academic posters, resources, multiple choice question papers, research tasks and a Research Project.

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

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.


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 or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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