Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology, University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 Years

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How you will study
full-time, sandwich

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About Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology at University of Portsmouth


If you want to fuse a desire to make a positive impact on children aged 8–18 with a solid understanding of youth justice and law enforcement, this BA (Hons) Children and Youth Studies with Criminology degree is ideal.

Learning from academic researchers and staff who have experience as practitioners in the field, you’ll explore the issues affecting young people and children and get a solid foundation on the role of the criminal justice system and the causes of crime.

You'll focus on young people’s development, learning and relationships, and delve into the complex policies and practices that impact them. You can shape your degree to match your interests and ambitions.

You'll have opportunities to apply your knowledge and make a positive difference to young people on a work placement in year 2 and an optional paid placement year before your final year.

This degree is ideal preparation for rewarding careers in areas such as youth work and youth justice – and offers a pathway into postgraduate training in Probation.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Spend two-thirds of your time at the School of Education and Sociology, examining topics around child development, education, psychology, health and social work
  • Spend your remaining time studying at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, learning about crime, punishment and rehabilitation
  • Develop skills and knowledge for working with children and young people in a variety of settings, including youth intervention work
  • Analyse theories and contemporary issues for children and young people in today’s society
  • Tailor your studies and final year research project to focus on areas that meet your career goals and interests
  • Practise professional meetings in our Family Assessment Room, where you'll learn how parents and children feel during family meetings, and explore your responsibilities as a practitioner
  • Use professional facilities including play/sensory rooms and crime scene simulation rooms

You'll also have the opportunity to:

  • Spend a sandwich year studying abroad or doing a work placement after year 2
  • Complete pre-entry qualifications for a career in probation work and community justice
  • Boost your career prospects and link your learning to the wider world by volunteering or doing a work placement alongside your studies

Transferable skills you'll learn, which you can apply to any area of your life and career, include:

  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • team working
  • oral and written communication
  • time management
  • empathy

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service will help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities that complement your studies.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

After your second year, you can do a paid placement year in a youth work setting. Previous students have put their skills to work at organisations such as:

  • Portsmouth in the Community (PitC)
  • KidsOut
  • Victim Support

We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support to get the most out of the year.

Module details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Programme Assessment

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • group-based activities
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • individual and group presentations
  • projects
  • e-learning
  • lectures

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • group and individual presentations and projects
  • creative assessments, such as storyboards or video
  • practical assessments, such as lesson plans and delivery
  • exams
  • a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Student Destinations

Societal changes and the coronavirus pandemic have had a major impact on children's behaviour and the way they engage with education. Criminals also continue to take advantage of vulnerable children.

This means there's a significant demand for graduates who have the expert skills and knowledge to work with young people and children in the community.

What can you do with a Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology degree?

Areas you can work in or do additional study in after you graduate include:

  • youth work
  • law enforcement and the police
  • social work
  • social justice
  • children's rights
  • social policy
  • probation
  • educational welfare
  • health promotion
  • teaching

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-time, SandwichHow long you will study3 - 4 years
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Notes about fees for this course

Entry requirements

112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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