Children’s rights, the health and development of young people, how to protect the younger generation – all of these issues often find themselves in the headlines. Children are at the forefront of policy and debate in our society. This course helps you understand the issues and gain some crucial insights into what shapes children’s lives from birth to age 19. We believe it’s not enough to study the issues affecting children. You also need to understand them from their perspective. The course looks at key topics from the point of view of the children who they affect. It could be ideal if you’re looking to start a career in teaching, early years, social care or child and youth policy work. There are also plenty of other occupations relating to children, young people and families, and our Childhood Studies course is designed to help you take the first step towards your career. We’ll give you the chance to explore the nature of childhood and youth in contemporary society. The course will examine relevant social theory and research, and draw on current policy and practices out there in the real world. You’ll be able to bring your own experience to bear on the course too. Along the way you’ll look at childhood through the perspectives of psychology, sociology, philosophy and educational theories. You’ll also have opportunities to study health, wellbeing and development, how to protect vulnerable children and young people, youth identities and cultures, and children’s rights. The course will also help you build up transferable skills that employers are looking for, developing you as a critical thinker and helping you to understand and challenge current approaches and policy. While you’re here, you’ll be able to take a work placement in your second year and you have the option to do an enhanced placement in your final year. It could be the ideal way to develop the skills that employers are looking for and gain useful contacts in the industry.