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Child & Adolescent Studies BA (Hons) (top-up)

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The course will prepare you for the world of work by providing you with both an academic and vocational relevant curriculum which focuses on the needs of children, young people and families. It will allow students to demonstrate their ability to undertake an extended and detailed area of research in the field of child and adolescent studies. You are able to build on previous Foundation degree studies to complete an Honours degree.

  • Learn from staff with professional practice and research experience
  • Study areas informed by research at the forefront of social work and development, including trafficking studies, youth offending vulnerable social groups
  • Gain practical skills preparing you for a career working with children, young people and their families
  • Explore the complexities of children and young people’s services
  • Challenge discrimination, oppression and inequality in services

Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

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Entry requirements

This course is for applicants with a related Foundation Degree or Higher Education qualification wishing to top up to the full BA degree.

The BA (Hons) Child & Adolescent Studies is a level 6 top-up award intended principally for students who have been awarded an FdA in Child & Family Studies or any student eligible to transfer into Level 6 from a Child & Adolescent Studies related degree (i.e., who has successfully studied Levels 4 and 5 in a Child & Adolescent Studies related degree).


Evidence of two years of successful related study at degree levels 4 and 5 and potential to progress to Level 6. Entry to the course will be through negotiation to ensure that applicants have the appropriate pre-requisite knowledge and skills.

Course content

The BA (Hons) Child and Adolescent Studies course is highly relevant and up to date with current practice and expectations of employers within the field of working with children and young people. This course explores how and why we work with children, young people and their families in a multi-agency context.


Level 6

  • Independent Project in Child and Adolescent Studies
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding : the context of vulnerability
  • Special Educational Needs and Challenging Behaviour in Schooling: Exploring Tensions Between the Individual and the Structural Organisation
  • Youth Justice: Models and Approaches  
  • The Lived Experiences of Children and Young People in Diverse Family and Social Circumstances​

Assessment methods

A range of appropriate and effective assessments will enable students to demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge and skills. The assessment methods that could be used include:

  • Written assignments – these will vary in style and will include essays, reports, reflective accounts as well as other written tasks that we will prepare you for.
  • Oral and Poster presentations that demonstrate verbal and presentation skills through sharing information and knowledge with others in innovative ways.
  • The Dissertation allows you to undertake a complex research project and communicate knowledge, findings and recommendations demonstrating your ability to implement and deliver a self-directed, complex and solution focused task.


Child & Adolescent Studies BA (Hons) 

Further study and career options

On successful completion, typical graduate destination for Child and Adolescent Studies students include Direct work with service users in areas such as:

  • children and families
  • drug and alcohol misuse
  • young people
  • youth offending services
  • working with disabled and/or special education needs

Work in other areas of the human services such as:

  • policy development
  • welfare
  • community development
Graduates will be well-equipped to take advantage of the many career opportunities that exist in direct work with service users, as well as the opportunity to enter social work training at Masters level or apply for entry to a variety of postgraduate options at the University of Bedfordshire, for example, MA Childhood and Youth: Applied Perspectives and MA in International Social Work and Social Development.
Additional information

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code B23 and the course code TBC. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

There is 1 day per week of taught sessions (usually between 9.30am and 6.00pm) held at the College. The rest of the week is designated for independent studying, reading and meeting with your tutor/dissertation supervisor on arrangement.  

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

For a September 2020 start, this course will run on a Tuesday between 9.30am - 6.00pm.

Course Information & How to Apply

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 27/09/2021 £9250 Cauldwell Street BBA1625

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Additional formats
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