The ECS and Youth degree is designed for anyone wanting to work with or for children and/or their families and explores children, childhood, youth work and children’s services in some depth.
The primary focus for ECS is children from birth to eight years but it also covers conception through to when a child is approximately eleven years of age (the natural completion of the primary educational stage). It takes a multi/ inter-disciplinary approach. This means it includes educational, health, welfare, psychological, sociological, legal, philosophical, political and economic perspectives designed to develop knowledge, understanding and relevant skills.
Youth Studies covers the age range from 10-19years and considers this age range and services from a multidisciplinary approach. It is built principally on sociology, political science, law and the humanities (especially cultural studies)designed to develop knowledge, understanding and relevant skills.
Students studying joint routes undertake 50% of their modules in each one of the routes. As there are mandatory modules on both routes there is less choice in undertaking option modules at each level.
In the first year or Level 4 emphasis is placed on ensuring underpinning subject knowledge across the joint routes.
In the second year or Level 5 students begin to apply their developing knowledge, understanding and skills to the work environment, specific issues, situations and/or themes. We encourage students to develop an enquiring mind and attitude to their studies so they can begin to challenge and critique what is already known in the field.
In the final year or Level 6 you will be expected to exhibit autonomy and take much more responsibility for your own learning- lots of reading will develop your ability to critically analyse and evaluate information from a wide range of sources.
What is included in your tuition fees
At UCS your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. Read full details of the included and additional costs for BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and Youth Studies, Please note, UCS reserves the right to change this information as and when required.