Taught course

Childhood, Youth and Family Studies

University of Bedfordshire · Department of Applied Social Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2:2 Honours degree in a related subject from a recognised higher education institution

Months of entry


Course content

Childhood, Youth and Family Studies is aimed specifically for those wanting to work with children and/or families in a variety of settings. It will give you the skills and knowledge to pursue or develop your career in areas such as early years, nursery worker or manager, family support worker or manager, child protection, pastoral support roles in primary education.

Key features

  • This course is designed for you to study alongside other professionals working in a range of contexts across the sector, where you will be able to learn from one another as well as the input offered by lecturers, who also have extensive professional experience.
  • You will be able to explore the cultural and social constructions of childhood and youth, and the impact they have on the everyday lives of children, young people, and families through legislation, policy and practice.

Career opportunities

This course is designed to enable you to enhance your career prospects by broadening your knowledge and understanding of the lives of children and young people and the services available to them. Students often go on to work in areas such as education, social welfare, policy, or roles in local authorities or charities delivering services to children, young people, and families.

Areas of study may include:

  • Dimensions of Childhood, Youth and Families
  • Effective and Ethical Practice when Working with Children, Young People and Families
  • The Conceptual Framework: Theories shaping public policy for children and young people’s services
  • Coaching and Mentoring Practice
  • Contextual Safeguarding: Theoretical foundations and practical implications
  • Critical Consideration in Relationship and Sex Education
  • Young People, Group Offending and Violent Crime

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    15 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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0300 3300 073