Childhood and Youth Studies BA (Hons)
This dynamic, multidisciplinary degree offers you the opportunity to study a diverse range of topics that relate to the lived experiences of children and young people in contemporary society, supporting you in pursuing careers within a variety of areas including teaching, social work, counselling and law.
Our teaching team have expertise and backgrounds in psychology, sociology, children’s rights, linguistics, education, forensics, health and welfare. This rich and diverse learning environment is a unique trait of our course, and gives you the opportunity to study childhood and youth from multiple perspectives.
The 3-year course is designed around three pathways, with modules relating to psychological, sociological and educational perspectives on issues relevant to childhood and youth in theory and in practic. The first year is designed to provide you with a strong foundation in all three strands. The second year continues to build upon these strands leading up to year three, where you can study at least four topics selected from the range of modules that are currently available across the pathways. In this final year you will also complete a major research project which enables you to deepen your expertise and knowledge in your chosen area. This course also includes placements, guest speakers, opportunities to study abroad as well as opportunities to present at conferences helping you develop both your academic and employability skills.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- The degree aims to address the present demand for well-qualified specialists able to work with children, young people and their families in a range of contexts, in the community and in institutions. The programme combines sound academic grounding with a practical and active dimension that will produce professionals well able to address the challenges of a contemporary, active society in a bilingual country.
- During the degree, there will opportunities every year to undertake placements to develop your understanding of aspects of children’s needs and development and to carry out research into current issues and practice.
- An integral element of the programme is the range of guest speakers and educational visits that enrich and reinforce students’ learning.
For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.
You will learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Every lecture is recorded via podcast and other online resources are also provided prior to each lecture.
The majority of our modules are offered both through the medium of Welsh and English. Students can choose to have a Welsh speaking personal Tutor and complete assignments through the medium of Welsh.
The assessments vary from module to module. Assessments range from essays, presentations, film making, and MCQ tests.
In your third year, you will carry out a major research project within an area of your choice. Depending on your research field, you might be involved in school-based projects, nursery based projects or projects with practitioners within the childhood and youth industry. Your project will be individually supervised by one of our experts, giving you the opportunity further your knowledge and skills and develop an in-depth understanding of the area.
What will you study on this course?
All modules in the 1st year are compulsory; in Years 2, and 3, depending on availability, you will have a choice of modules in addition to core Research modules. Each year you will study a total of 120 credits, giving you breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding by the time you graduate.
Research is an important aspect of this course. As part of your Research Methods modules, you’ll be taking part in practical sessions where you’ll learn how to design studies, run your own experiments, gather and analyse data and report your findings. These skills will give you a firm foundation ready for year 3 when you will conduct your own research.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Childhood and Youth Studies Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
The multi-disciplinary approach of the degree offers a broad range of career choices in education, psychology and sociology and allied professions in the public and private sector, including health, social care, youth and community work. Alternately, some students continue their studies on a Masters programme or apply for a place on a PGCE Primary course. Should you decide to apply for the PGCE Primary course at Bangor, you will be offered an interview, if you meet the entry requirements.
This BA Childhood and Youth Studies is suitable for students who want to follow a career relating to any of the three main pathways that underpin the course: Education, Psychology and Social Science. As this course includes perspectives from all three strands, it allows the students the opportunity to discover their main area of interest, which then leads on to various professions within that field. The depth of knowledge gained on our course provides a very strong foundation from which to go on to specialise in various fields. These include, for example, careers in children’s services, management, teaching, social work, counselling, therapies and the law.
Employability is a key theme within the Childhood and Youth programme and we have embedded a large number of opportunities within our degree to ensure our graduates have a strong CV. For example, students are given the opportunity to enrol on a Makaton course, become ambassadors for various charities and partake in voluntary work. In fact, many of our students have been so impressive on placements they have been offered work once they have finished their degrees.
Employability and the School of Education and Human Development
Courses at the School open up a range of opportunities for those who are interested in specialising in a teaching career. Many of our graduates have gone on to work in the primary, secondary, tertiary or higher education sectors.
Graduates can also look forward to opportunities in a range of other career pathways. These interesting career opportunities could include:
- social work
- child care
- youth and community work
- publishing, journalism and the media
- museum and gallery education
- public services
- human resources
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.
TARGETconnect - Working while you StudyThe Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.
TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:
For 2020 entry:
Typical offer is based on a minimum of 96 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and
- Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: Merit
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Access: Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma
- NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma: Grade C
- Irish Leaving Certificate: 96 points from a minimum of 4 Higher Subjects
- Welsh Baccalaureate
All students are subject to checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service and this must be judged to be satisfactory before the start of work placements.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
For 2019 entry:
- 96 tariff points from a level 3 qualification*. These include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
- GCSE English Language at C grade.
- We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).
- All students are subject to checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service and this must be judged to be satisfactory by the School before the start of work placements.
General University entry requirements
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.
EU and International students' entry requirements
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants
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Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717
International students (non-UCAS applicants)
Email to International Admissions: email@example.com or write to
Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028
When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for guest tickets (£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
How to apply through UCASApply online via UCAS
UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.
Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.
The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.
The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.
Your Personal Statement
Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.
To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.
Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.
After you’ve applied
You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.
You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.
If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.
As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;
- apply via UCAS,
- or apply direct to Bangor through our online direct application system
- or apply with the help of one of our recruitment agents
We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.
Confused about your next steps?
Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.
Tel: 01248 382408
Studying within the School of Education
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- 12th for Graduate Prospects – Guardian Good University Guide 2019
- 9th for Research Quality – Complete University Guide 2019
- We have well-established partnerships with Primary and Secondary Schools to provide varied and supportive training environments
- We have a purpose built Design and Technology Centre to train Design and Technology teachers and to teach Product Design degree students. The centre comprises a well equipped IT/lecture room, a fully equipped workshop with a comprehensive range of CNC machinery and equipment, stores and offices.
Studying at Bangor
Rated Gold for teaching
We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.
A top 10 university
The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.
Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK
Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.
Award-winning clubs and societies!
Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.
Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.
Investment in facilities
Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.
Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning halls of residence
We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Frm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.
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