South Devon College

BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies

Everything at University Centre South Devon (UCSD) is designed to maximise your employability and future career opportunities. Courses are created with local employers to ensure you learn industry-relevant skills and are delivered in small classes with regular one-to-one support, covering a range of study skills – it’s no wonder we’re recognised as a leading institution in the National Student Survey.

Course details
  • Course overview

  • Core modules

    Children and young people who flourish (SOUD3097)

    The Children and Young People who Flourish module develops critical engagement in the psychology of children and young people’s development of self through early years, childhood, adolescent and into young adulthood. Students will explore how children and young people flourish in life, engaging with notions of self-concept, confidence and resilience, and the impact of life events on their psychological wellbeing.

    Representations of childhood and youth (SOUD3088)

    This module is a foundation to evaluating current representations of childhood and youth. Students will be equipped with the conceptual tools to interrogate the assumptions and presumptions underpinning how childhood is understood in social discourse, history, and policy. From this, students will evaluate practice relating to their own area of interest.

    Compassionate practitioners and leaders (SOUD3089)

    The Compassionate Practitioners and Leaders module develops critical engagement in evidence-informed practice and leadership to foster students to become compassionate agents for change in children and young people’s lives. Students will explore theory and research in child-centred practice, and the role of professionals in supporting children and young people, their families, and other professionals.

    Contemporary Issues in Childhood and Youth (SOUD3090)

    This module is designed to introduce students to critically examine the ever-expanding worlds of children and young people and the changing nature of childhood. Students will be encouraged to challenge assumptions and stereotypes, and to analyse current literature and policy to assess contemporary childhood experience.

    Research Dissertation (SOUD3091)

    This module provides students the opportunity to pursue an in-depth and critical investigation into their chosen line of inquiry. Students will gain first-hand experience of carrying out a piece of research and demonstrate a reflective understanding of the research process. Students will experience and solve a range of practical, methodological, conceptual and ethical problems, with ongoing support from their supervisor.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply
All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Our partnership with South Devon College
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College
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