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Children, Young People and Families

Subject Areas > Children, Young People and Families
​​​​​​​​​​​Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children and their families? Are you fascinated by why and how children learn and develop in the early part of their life? Do you want to give children the best possible start in life?

If you’ve answered yes, you’re in the right place. Delivered by active researchers with extensive professional experience, our Childhood and Education courses will give you the skills needed to become a leader in working with children in their early years.
You’ll develop a practical understanding of the field grounded in theory, engaging with topical and controversial debates. We’ll then give you the chance to apply that theory in a variety of child and family settings during two professional work placements.

Our courses offer the chance to specialise in a variety of routes, from education and t​heology, to child and family support. Whatever you choose, you’ll be part of an academic community that’s developed an outstanding reputation in the field of childhood and education.​

​Undergraduate Children, Young People and Families courses:

Early Childhood Studies

You’ll develop an excellent understanding of the stages children may go through as they progress through their early years, exploring what helps them to be ready for their future.

Education and Religious Studies

You’ll learn by exploring contemporary issues facing education today, asking questions such as: What changes would we make to ensure schooling is fair and ethical for all? Should SATs be changed or abolished? At the same time, you’ll explore different religious traditions, considering questions such as: Does the Old Testament have relevance today?

Education Studies

You’ll learn by exploring real issues facing education today, asking questions such as: Do children have too few or too many rights? Is the national curriculum relevant or outdated? Can ‘ability’ ever be accurately measured? We’ll analyse and debate these issues together, drawing on ideas from a wide range of disciplines including sociology, psychology, history and politics.

Working with Children, Young People and Familes

You’ll study aspects of child development, looking at how society understands the concept of family and the rights of children. You’ll also look at the complex issue of safeguarding children, considering as a practitioner the current law and policy initiatives to understand how we can protect children.

Want to become a teacher? We also deliver Primary Education and Secondary Education​ PGCE courses.

Any questions?

Whether you need more information, have a question or are​ wondering what it's like to study here, our Enquiries team will be able to help you on +44 (0) 113 283 7150 or​

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