Want to understand what makes young people tick and how to use this knowledge to make a positive difference to their lives?
On this BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology degree course, you’ll unpack the issues facing people aged 8-25 and combine it with the study of psychology. You'll broaden your understanding of child development, setting you up for a rewarding career in fields such as youth work, health care and teaching.
What you'll experience
On this degree course, you'll:
- Develop your knowledge of young people’s behaviour and responses
- Be taught by lecturers who bring years of experience in the field and have links to a network of employers
- Develop relationships with future employers through a programme of events and talks from guest speakers
- Choose whether to do a dissertation or a practical research project in your final year
- 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.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- group and individual presentations and projects
- 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.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 17% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 76% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 17% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 78% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 33% by written exams and 67% by coursework
Teaching methods on this course include:
- group-based activities
- individual and group presentations
- project work
Careers and opportunities
After the course, you can take your expert skills and knowledge into a rewarding career working with young people and children.
What can you do with a Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology degree?
Areas you can work in include:
- youth work
- social work
- educational welfare
- health promotion
With this degree you can also go on to study at postgraduate level in areas such as teaching or psychology.
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, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.
We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
After your second year, you can take a paid placement year. Previous students have taken the chance to put their skills to work at organisations such as:
- Portsmouth in the Community (PitC)
- Victim Support
We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your workplace ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support to get the most out of the year.