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.
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
For Social Policy in the Times Good University Guide 2018
In the Times Higher Education's ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment which compares the research activity of all Social Policy and Social Work departments in the UK, York was ranked equal first in the UK for the impact of our research and third overall.
Our wide range of modules allows you to tailor the degree to your interests
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 option 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.
Spend a few weeks or a whole summer on a short course, volunteering programme, or career-related summer school with one of our international partners.
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 module 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 (20 credits) 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.
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:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
The fees and funding figures below are for 2019 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
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)
“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”
The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018
Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.
You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
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.
As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Lectures and seminars||168 hours||144 hours||96 hours|
|Placement||0 hours||0 hours||84 hours|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.
Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1,200 hours a year learning.
You will be based in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work which is on Campus West. Your teaching will take place at various locations on Campus West including Derwent and Alcuin.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
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.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
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.
BBB. We accept General Studies and Critical Thinking.
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 21 credits at Distinction and 24 credits at Merit or higher|
|BTEC||BTEC National Extended Diploma (QCF): DDM|
|Cambridge Pre-U||M2, M2, M2|
|European Baccalaureate||75 percent overall|
|International Baccalaureate||31 points overall|
|Irish leaving Certificate||H3, H3, H3, H3, H3, H3|
|Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers||AABBB at Higher level|
If you achieve a C or higher at EPQ, you will be eligible for a reduced offer, one grade below our typical offer.
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.
To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
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.
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