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Child & Adolescent Studies BA (Hons) Top-up (Full time)

The course will prepare you for the world of work by providing you with both an academic and vocational relevant curriculum that 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.

Course information

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 multiagency 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

You will gain:

Child & Adolescent Studies BA (Hons)

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.
Further study and career options

On successful completion, typical graduate destinations 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 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

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.


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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 18/09/2024
Type: HE
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Wednesday
Time(s): 9:00am - 6:00pm
Fees: £9,250.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

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Funding Information

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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

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Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.