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Why study this course

The applied nature of the course to the workplace means that you will have opportunities for relevant placements in practice at each level of learning

Optional modules will be offered that support particular strands of interest and graduate employment

This degree programme allows you to explore and critically evaluate a range of issues that define current practice with children, young people and communities.

The inter-disciplinary nature of the programme explores childhood, youth and community from both formal and informal perspectives.

Course summary

If you don’t have, or don’t think you will attain, the normal tariff points for studying at BGU, this course will enable you to study for a degree without any UCAS points. The course is delivered over four years and includes a Foundation Year, which gives you a perfect introduction to what it means to be a university student and prepares you for effective undergraduate study. In your Foundation Year, you will study eight modules, all of which are designed to equip you with the necessary academic skills and knowledge to progress successfully in your chosen subject. You will also engage in a series of bespoke subject sessions delivered by experts, designed to introduce you to your chosen subject area.

Find out more about our Foundation Year programme.

The BA (Hons) Childhood, Youth and Community Studies with Foundation Year is a brand-new course for 2024 at BGU, Lincoln and combines modules from our Early Childhood Studies, Education Studies, Sociology and Professional Studies programmes.

Please note - this course is not available for September 2023, but is open for applications for September 2024 onwards.

Key facts


BA (Hons)

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4 years

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Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

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Course details

About this course

This versatile multi-subject single honours BA (Hons) Childhood, Youth and Community Studies programme boasts an interprofessional and dynamic approach to learning that provides students with a framework for exploring key issues in contemporary child, youth and community education. In addition to considering a wide range of practice in more formal, informal and community education that involves the development of democratic and associational approaches, students have the opportunity to tailor their learning to fit specific career interests, build their confidence and acquire specialist skills sought by employers. Students will explore and critically evaluate a range of issues that define current practice with children, young people and communities. These will cover varied and relevant topics, including early childhood education, pedagogical approaches in formal and informal settings, inclusion of all learners and critical sociological perspectives on the current context of childhood, youth and community studies.

Entry requirements

Application for this course is via UCAS, although there is no formal requirement for UCAS points to access the course (normally GCSE English or equivalent is desirable). As part of your application you will have the opportunity to speak with a member of BGU Admissions staff to resolve any questions or queries you may have.

Different degree subjects may have specific entry requirements to allow you to progress from the Foundation Year. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, you will need to have met these by the time you complete the first year of this four year course.

Further information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, RP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (RP(E)L).

How you will be taught

You will be taught through a combination of approaches designed to promote criticality, engagement, and independent learning. Approaches used may include, interactive lectures, guest/visiting tutors, workshops, and seminars.

You will also undertake up to fifteen weeks of non-assessed placement across the programme. While placements are non-assessed they are a central element of the applied nature of the course allowing you to contextualise your interdisciplinary learnings in real-world contexts.

Academic staff


During the Foundation Year, you will have opportunities to experience a range of formative and summative assessments. These include short-form writing, annotated bibliographies, presentations, digital technologies, reflective journals, and academic essays. All modules involve early, small, and frequent informal and formal assessments so as to be supportive and build confidence, while ensuring development of the core academic skills required for successful study throughout your degree. Assessment strategies are balanced, diverse, and inclusive, ensuring that you will experience a range of assessments to support comprehensive preparation for undergraduate study. You will also have the opportunity for self-evaluation and personal reflection on your own learning progress and development of skills.

A variety of assessment methods are used including presentations, discussions, debates, poster presentations, essays, portfolios of work, case studies and reflections. All assessments allow you to reflect on your practice and theory as you evidence your learning, building on your convidence and personal strengths to develop clear communication skills.

Careers & Further study

Graduates go on to careers as learning mentors, project workers (in third sector organisations), community work, working in a children’s centre or services for young people and onto postgraduate study including preparation for primary teaching

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Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.

We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

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Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.

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Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. For 2023 entry, the application fee is £27, and you can make a maximum of 6 choices. For 2024 entry the application fee is £27.50.
For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.