3 years full-time
Do you want to explore how different social, cultural and family circumstances impact upon child development and youth transitions? How and why things go wrong for young people? What policies can best support them?
This degree enables you to consider such questions in depth and explore how the lives of children and young people at home and abroad can be improved. You will receive a broad and balanced introduction to a range of social sciences and apply these perspectives to our understanding of the lives of children and young people.
A fundamental part of the degree is the work placement, offering you a chance to learn from professionals working with children and young people.
Graduates are well equipped for careers in local authorities, charities, education and research.
There's good support from lecturers and great facilities on campus. It's a great city to move to from home: not too big but not too small.Acasia
Our academics explain how their research influences social policy at a national and global level.
You will receive a thorough grounding in social sciences, including sociology, social policy, economics and politics. You'll also study the development of policies for children and young people and the welfare state.
You'll study core modules designed specifically for this course and choose from a selection of over 20 optional modules developed specially by the Department, or choose from a wider range offered by other departments such as Politics or Sociology.
Between Years 2 and 3 you will undertake a placement, shadowing a professional working in a field relating to children and young people.
In your first year you are introduced to a broad range of social sciences and undertake training in key academic skills essential to your degree-level study.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
In your second year you'll study three core modules as well as choosing one of our other second year modules.
Our core modules cover key aspects of exploring children and young people's lives alongside a broader look at the process of policy development and social research methods:
Module options change on a regular basis to reflect the teaching and research interests of staff, as well as to ensure the degree is up-to-date. Examples of past modules for the second year include:
In the summer holiday before the third year starts you will undertake a work-shadowing placement that lasts around 80 hours. This will allow you to learn from professionals in a field related to children and young people. Examples of previous placements include:
Watching professionals at work is a completely different learning experience which many students find useful in developing their dissertation and follow in the development of their own careers.
Note about placements: To undertake a placement, you may be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Having a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to entry but failure to disclose relevant information may result subsequently in termination of the placement.
You'll choose three modules from our third year modules, these change regularly to reflect the teaching and research interests of our staff. Previous modules include:
The third year dissertation is a great opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding in independent supervised research on a topic of your interest that relates to children and young people. Previous dissertation titles include:
There are many international opportunities for students to get involved with, including Worldwide Exchange at partner universities, Erasmus+ study placements in Europe, International Study Centres, Summer Schools and Travel Awards for independent projects.
Another good part of studying at York is that the people leading our modules are also doing research in the kind of subjects that I want to work in after graduating. My tutor in particular has been great and helped to guide my direction of study and how it might relate to work outside of university.Becky, BA Applied Social Science (Children and Young People)
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework the Department of Social Policy and Social Work was placed third in the UK for research activity, with 100 percent of its research impact rated at the highest rank of 4*.
We emphasise small-group working: you'll mainly be taught in lectures of 50-100 students and take part in seminars of 12-15 people. In the second and third years the lecture groups will be smaller as you begin to specialise.
You'll also take part in group-based workshops and hear from external speakers about the latest issues in policy and practice.
You'll be assessed in a variety of ways, with emphasis on continuous assessment. The most common form of assessment is by essay, and you'll be supported with seminar sessions on writing academic essays. You may also be assessed by presentation, group workshop reports, data analysis exercises and portfolios of work. There is minimal use of closed examinations.
Your dissertation will be 10,000 words long and you'll be supported by a supervisor who specialises in the subject you're interested in.
York is a great student city with lots of activities to take part in on and off campus. The teaching is very engaging and there’s an overall friendly atmosphere.Lindsey (2016)
A high proportion of our graduates are employed within six months. The nature of our degree means you can pursue career-related interests throughout your study and the work-based placement is a useful opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to future employers.
We also offer an optional series of workshops at the end of the Summer Term where you can undertake a group multimedia project, using social media to promote awareness of a social policy issue or campaign. This gives you a chance to use creative and communication skills that will be relevant to a number of socially-orientated organisations.
All applications must be made through UCAS.
We pay particular attention to your personal statement and we look for students who have an academic interest in society. This could come through family circumstances, employment or other contribution to society such as school clubs or volunteering.
You will not be invited to interview, but we invite you to attend a visit day in Spring term to give you an opportunity to learn more about us.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AABBB at Higher level
M2, M2, M2
Access to Higher Education
30 credits achieved from units awarded Merit or higher
BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)
31 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate
75 percent overall
Applicants whose first language is not English are normally asked to provide evidence of English language ability. Exceptions may be made where an applicant's other qualifications provide sufficient evidence of ability to use English in an academic setting at degree level.