What will I learn?

Keen to work with children and young people but lacking formal entry qualifications for an honours degree? A foundation year gives you a solid platform to gain the full award in four years.

Course description

This foundation year route for the ideal introduction to a career working with children and young people. It provides a smooth transition to our highly regarded degree, which boasts impressive employability and student satisfaction rates.

  • Build the skills, values and knowledge you need to work with babies, children and young people up to the age of 19
  • Spend a substantial part of your studies on practical placements in a variety of settings
  • Enjoy international perspectives through exciting opportunities to travel abroad during your course
  • Learn from a dedicated and experienced academic team as well as professionals from our thriving network of employer partners
  • Develop an excellent platform for advancing to postgraduate study in areas such as teacher training or social work


With its broad focus on supporting children and young people, this course offers an excellent stepping stone to a fulfilling and stimulating career. Because it includes a foundation year, it provides a smooth transition for people who might have previously felt unable to realise their career ambitions through a lack of traditional qualifications.

Our BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies could be your springboard to roles in social work, family intervention, behavioural inclusion, mentoring, supporting students with SEN and providing pastoral care for students in educational settings. Our graduates are now pursuing worthwhile careers as teaching assistants, inclusion officers, nursery managers and learning support practitioners.

Which department am I in?

Institute of Education

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£14,045.00 (US$ 18,169) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 September 2020


Main Site

Kedleston Road,


DE22 1GB, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to hold Advanced Placement Examination; Associate degree/Professional Diploma. Please refer the university website for standard and minimum entry requirements for each subject. Minimum qualifications include: IELTS: 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas).

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Pathways options

Offered by this university

University of Derby offers below pathways course for this subject

About this uni

Gold-rated for teaching excellence and a top 30 university in the heart of the UK.

  • Top 30 in the Guardian University Guide 2020
  • GBP 200 million invested in facilities in ten years
  • No.1 International Student Centre in the UK
  • Gold in Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework