Take our foundation year route for the ideal introduction to a career working with children and young people. It provides a smooth transition to our highly regarded degree, which boasts impressive employability and student satisfaction rates.
- Choose to start your studies at foundation year stage if you have the ability to study for a degree but don't have the formal qualifications to embark on the full honours degree straight away
- 96% of Derby graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing a full-time degree. (HESA, 2016)
- Build the skills, values and knowledge you need to work with babies, children and young people up to the age of 19
- Spend a substantial part of your studies on practical placements in a variety of settings
- Enjoy international perspectives through exciting opportunities to travel abroad during your course
- Learn from a dedicated and experienced academic team as well as professionals from our thriving network of employer partners
- Develop an excellent platform for advancing to postgraduate study in areas such as teacher training or social work
If you don't have the formal qualifications you need to enter our BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies directly, you can start your studies on our foundation year. It gives you a firm grounding of skills and knowledge, plus a vital introduction to the subject, so that you can achieve your full honours degree in four years.
Make a difference
Our BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies with Foundation Year equips you with the practical, intellectual and leadership skills for a career where you can have a positive impact on children and young people at the most important stages of their lives.
With its strong emphasis on real-world learning, the course paves the way for you to work with 0-19-year-olds in a variety of professional roles offering immense personal satisfaction.
Following your broad-based foundation year, you'll be introduced in stage one of the course to the range of knowledge, values and skills you'll need on placement and as you progress your studies. We explore the theory that underpins practice in education and care for children and young people.
In stage two, you'll extend this knowledge by looking at current policy and inter-agency working and by developing your skills in research and reflective practice.
Stage three allows you to specialise in areas which capture your own professional interests, including an in-depth independent study. Insights gained through these in-depth studies will help you take on the wider responsibilities in your field of practice.
This course opens doors to postgraduate study too. Although it does not offer Qualified Teacher Status, many of our graduates choose to apply for places on teacher training courses, such as our PGCE Primary or PGCE Post-14.
Inspiring work placements
This highly practical degree draws on our longstanding partnerships with employers across the sector. Throughout your studies, you'll spend at least 164 days on work placements which we will organise with you. This will give you solid experience of what it is like to work in early years, primary, secondary and tertiary education settings as well as with young people in alternative educational provision.
In stages one and two of the course, your placements will entail working with children and young people across the 0-19 age range. This helps you make more informed choices about where your professional interests and ambitions lie. In stage three, you can select a placement which allows you to concentrate on your chosen field and tailor your work-based practice to your career aspirations.
From stage one onwards, we can offer placement experiences in a variety of settings such as children's centres, multi-agency support teams, primary and secondary schools, pupil referral units, nurture units, outdoor education, alternative education and FE colleges.
If you are a part-time student already in appropriate paid employment, it is possible for you to use your own workplace as a placement setting.
Broaden your outlook
You will have the chance to consider education from different international and cultural perspectives, including the opportunity to travel abroad to see how other countries approach child and youth studies.
In previous years our students have been to Amsterdam and Budapest ' experiences which have broadened their horizons and built their confidence.
An expert team to guide you
We offer you important insights into the latest thinking and innovative ideas transforming services for children and young people. Our highly experienced academic team represents a wide range of professional backgrounds including early years, primary and secondary teaching, school and nursery management, social work, youth work and the health sector.
You will be inspired by influential researchers and published authors whose specialist interests span many themes, from leadership in early years settings to equality, diversity and inclusion, from youth culture to mentoring and coaching.
The course also features illuminating guest lectures by leading professionals in the sector.
A vibrant learning experience
Ours is a friendly, welcoming study environment. Tutors are approachable, dedicated and passionate about their subject. You can rely on them to provide plenty of encouragement and guidance throughout your studies.
You'll learn at our Kedleston Road site which offers first-rate facilities, including specially designed collaborative learning spaces.
Set yourself apart in the job market
We offer you the chance to achieve additional qualifications during your studies, bringing an impressive new dimension to your CV. You could, for instance, gain skills in first aid and the Makaton sign language or you could undertake safeguarding training.
"The placements have been fantastic and reaffirmed my passion for working with children and young people."
James Sahin, student