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Undergraduate Course

Children, Young People and Society BA (Hons)

Learn about the issues affecting children, young people and families and the strategies which can be used to support them.

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If you want to work with children, young people and families in social care or a related setting then this is the degree for you. You will engage with challenging issues which will prepare you to make a real difference in people’s lives.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – L541
  • Duration – 3 years full time
  • Start date – September 2023, September 2024
  • School – School of Education, Language and Psychology

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Tuition Fees

    UK 2023 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2023 entry £13,000 per year full time

Discover Children, Young People and Education at York St John University

Course overview

Guided by the principles of equality, inclusion and social justice, you will consider how best to support young people, families and the communities around them. We keep our course relevant and meaningful by engaging with many of the issues and barriers affecting children and young people today. This might include discussions about mental health, abuse, social mobility, injustice, and issues of diversity and difference. You will consider the barriers affecting individual development, the wider issues in society that surround them and the ways we can support them.

You will benefit from studying alongside students on related courses. Together you will learn about:

  • How children and young people develop
  • Child protection and safeguarding requirements
  • How specific groups of learners may be labelled and stereotyped, leading to marginalisation and exclusion
  • Mental health in children and young people
  • The impact of disability, socio-economic status, trauma and abuse on development and education

The specialist knowledge you will gain by choosing this course includes:

  • Exploring the nature of childhood and the social structures influencing it including the family, the state and school
  • Evaluating strategies to support families and reflect on the importance of working in partnership with parents
  • Challenging assumptions and misconceptions about young people and technology
  • Considering the effectiveness of state interventions in the lives of children, young people and families

You will also gain valuable practical experience, carrying out 105 hours of work experience through the Learning in Practice module.

Our modules draw on the team's research and our professional experience. The team have experience of a wide range of senior roles in education and social care. We bring our professional values and philosophical approach to our teaching, as well as our academic expertise.

Not sure which course to choose? We offer 3 courses relating to children and young people in education or social care settings.

Education, SEN and Mental Health BA (Hons)

Early Years Education and Care (with Graduate Practitioner Competencies) BA (Hons)

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters.

In your first year you will study:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.


Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Develop the skills needed to succeed in your academic studies and your future professional learning. We will support you in reflecting, experimenting and learning to develop as a scholar and as a professional. Studying this module at the start of your course ensures you will have a firm grounding in the concepts of research and critical thinking. This will benefit you throughout your degree.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will explore different theories, principles and expectations relating to the development of children and young people. It also explores transitions as key moments in children and young people’s lives.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will learn about the knowledge, skills and values which are necessary to keep children and young people safe. You will examine the historical and current policy agendas that have shaped child protection and safeguarding. This module will prepare you to work safely with children and families. It will be an essential element of your professional identity working within the children, young people and families workforce.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

The skills you build on this module will be vital for both your studies and your professional career working with children, young people and families. You will develop verbal and non verbal listening and communication skills. You will also explore the importance of organisational culture, examining how teams can work together effectively and what the barriers to this may be.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will consider what inclusive education means, how specific groups of learners may be labelled and stereotyped, and how this can lead to marginalisation and exclusion. You will explore these questions in relation to issues such as:

  • Class
  • Ethnicity, race and religion
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Disability
  • Special Educational Needs

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to some of the concepts and debates concerning the nature of childhood. You will explore theoretical perspectives on the construction of childhood and youth, interrogating the complex and diverse experiences of children and young people. You will examine the social structures that influence childhood, such as the family, the state and the school. This will give you a greater understanding of the contemporary issues facing children and young people.

Year 2

In your second year you will study:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.


Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will explore the concept of wellbeing, and its importance in helping children and young people to flourish. You will also develop your understanding of your own role as a practitioner in promoting wellbeing in the workplace. You will investigate how an individual’s wellbeing, development and education can be negatively affected by issues such as:

  • Disability
  • Socio-economic status
  • Abuse
  • Mental health conditions

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Investigate why inequalities exist in society, which groups are privileged or disadvantaged, and why this might be the case. On this module you will consider issues around inclusion and diversity, exploring the complex relationships between a range of social issues such as:

  • Class
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Disability

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module builds on the first year module, Protection and Safeguarding in Context. You will take a broad look at the intervention and prevention methods currently used when working with families. Investigate the policies and strategies that offer support to families, evaluating the different approaches used.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will learn the fundamental skills needed to conduct rigorous academic research. You will learn about the processes involved in research and academic enquiry. You will learn to:

  • Critique research methods
  • Collect and analyse data
  • Create formal research reports

These skills will provide a solid foundation which will allow you to take on wider, more complex research projects in the future.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

You will carry out 105 hours of work experience in a graduate role relevant to your course and your career aspirations. This is an opportunity to develop practical skills and consider possible future directions for your career. You will be encouraged to reflect critically on this experience and to apply the theoretical knowledge you have gained on the course to your practical learning.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will guide you through the philosophical perspectives, value positions and ideologies that apply to childhood, family and education. Investigate how these are used to offer different interpretations and perspectives on childhood and families. You will engage with some of the most fundamental yet complex questions surrounding education and children’s lives.

Year 3

In your third year you will study:

  • A dissertation module across semesters 1 and 2
  • 1 compulsory module and 1 optional module in semester 1
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 2

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.


Credits: 20

Compulsory module

There are many ways the state shapes and intervenes in the lives of children, young people and families. Drawing on ideas from sociology, social psychology and social policy, you will consider the effectiveness of these interventions for individuals and for society as a whole.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will become familiar with some of the contemporary issues facing education at a local, national and global level. You will focus on a particular issue that interests you, using social theories to analyse the socio-political factors that impact on it. This could include legislation and educational policy.

Credits: 20

Optional module

While most European countries have acknowledged inclusive education as a basic human right for all, no country has yet succeeded in constructing a school system that adequately lives up to the ideals and intentions of inclusion. On this module you will engage with contemporary discussions and debates surrounding special educational needs, dis/ability and inclusion. You will consider both the micro-social interactions of children and young people with SEN/D and the macro-social structures that surround them.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Current policy measures have shifted the focus from direct state provision towards co-productive processes in which communities themselves are ‘empowered’ to respond to their own needs. Through this module you will develop a critical understanding of work in and with communities. We will examine the holistic needs of specific communities, exploring how to meet aspirations by listening to the voice of stakeholders.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Learn about the causes of trauma and its impact upon wellbeing, everyday living and education, and use this knowledge to develop strategies which meet the needs of children, young people and families. You will evaluate the policy, research and practice which is in place to identify and support individuals who have experienced trauma. You will also reflect on how this could impact on your own professional practice.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

Carry out independent research on a topic you are passionate about. You will receive 1 to 1 support from a designated dissertation tutor throughout the module. You will work on your dissertation across the whole academic year. This is your opportunity to bring all of your learning together into an extended piece of work.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

You will study 3 modules each semester. Across the 12 weeks of the semester, each of your 20 credit modules will have timetabled sessions, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Individual or group tutorials

You will usually have 3 timetabled hours per module per week, as well as individual support with a tutor.

In the final year, you will be allocated a supervisor to support you with your dissertation and can arrange 1 to 1 tutorials at appropriate stages in your research.

Outside of taught sessions, you will be expected to independently engage in further reading. This independent study includes preparation for taught sessions, either individually or in groups, following materials and activities that are provided on Moodle. You will also spend time completing coursework and preparing for your assessments.

You will have access to resources which extend beyond textbooks and journal articles to include voices which are marginalised in the traditional academic literature.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.


There are no examinations on this course. Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed through:

  • Presentations
  • Peer reviews
  • Blog posts
  • Case studies
  • Debates
  • Portfolios
  • Creative artefacts
  • Vivas
  • Essays

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in Children, Young People and Society

This course is ideal if you would like a career as a social worker. You will need to study an MA in Social Work to pursue this career.

The skills and knowledge you gain could also lead to a career as a:

  • Family support worker
  • Youth and community worker
  • Local government and housing
  • Police officer
  • Social researcher
  • Careers advisor
  • Charity worker

Discover more career options on Prospects careers advice pages.

Postgraduate degrees at York St John University

Education MA

Special Educational Needs and Inclusion MA 

Disability and Mental Health Social Work MA

PGCE at York St John University

Further your education and work towards a rewarding career in teaching by studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) after you graduate. For over 180 years, we have worked with enthusiastic individuals who want to shape the future of young people across both primary and secondary school settings. You'll spend a lot of time in schools, developing your practice by teaching. You will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status and become part of the well respected alumni of York St John educators.

Discover more about PGCE


Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed. It's your career, your way.

Entry requirements


Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Calculate your UCAS Tariff points

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

This course is available with a foundation year

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Education, Children and Counselling Foundation Year

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Mature entry offer scheme

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK, or internationally (outside the UK). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK 2023 entry

The tuition fee for 2023 entry onto this course is £9,250 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK 2023 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2023 entry £13,000 per year full time

International 2023 entry

The tuition fee for 2023 entry to this course is £13,000 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student Visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include a DBS check, purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses.

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email

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