Education and Youth Studies

Undergraduate Degree with Foundation Year School of Education

Explore the dynamic interactions between educational systems and youth development. Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills necessary to positively impact the lives of young individuals and contribute to effective learning environments.

Education and Youth Studies
Entry Tariff

Foundation Year entry: 64 UCAS points (or equivalent)

112 UCAS points (or equivalent)



LL56 (If choosing Foundation Year)


3 years (full-time)

4 years (full-time) if opting for Foundation Year entry

4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year

Start date

September 2024

Degree Type

BA (single honours)
Course also available with Foundation Year


These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change.

This course is offered as a degree with foundation year – a four-year programme which provides an additional foundation year at the beginning of the degree, that will give you academic and practical experience, as well as the skills you need to ensure you are equipped to successfully complete your chosen degree.

£2,000 Foundation Scholarships for all home students  

Find out more about our degrees with a foundation year  



Core Modules

  • Communication for Academic Purposes 1
  • Communication for Academic Purposes 2
  • Information Technology and Numerical Concepts
  • Academic Inquiry and Exploration
  • Personal Development (10 credits)
  • Learning Development (10 credits)
  • Lifespan Development and Practice (20 credits)
  • International Education & Social Justice (20 credits)
  • Understanding Safeguarding (10 credits)
  • Professional Development (10 credits)
  • Learning theories (20 credits)
  • Working with Youth & Adolescence in context (20 credits)
  • Applying Personal Development
  • Applying Career Development
  • Project Preparation (Capstone)
  • Social Pedagogy, Power, and Education
  • Multi-disciplinary Practice, Collaboration and Team Working
  • Digital Technology in Education
  • Learning Beyond the Classroom
  • Final project (capstone) (40 credits)
  • Wellbeing and Holistic Development (20 credits)
  • Career Development Planning (20 credits)
  • Youth Participation and Identity (20 credits)
  • Innovation, Change and Creativity (20 credits)

This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.

Why take a placement?

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.

How we support you

The University's Placement and Work Experience Team are experts at helping you to secure a placement. They will work closely with you from the start, helping you research potential employers, discover placement opportunities, create and pitch your CV, and will coach you to perform well in interviews. We aren't able to guarantee a placement, but our sector-leading advisors will give you the best possible chance of securing one.

Find out more about how we'll support you  

We understand that your plans might change once you start your programme. If you decide not to do a placement, you will have the option of completing the three year version of your programme.

Whatever your choice, you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Placement and Work Experience Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support.


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Make a difference to young children’s lives with a degree in Education and Youth Studies.

This course gives you the knowledge and skills to carve out a sustainable career in the education sector or working with young children.

On our BA Education and Youth Studies programme, our priority is that you graduate with the skills and experience you will need to thrive in a career in Education. This includes:

• Developing the knowledge and skills needed for teamwork in a range of communities and work settings with links to children and adolescents. This includes youth clubs, sports clubs and special educational settings

• Learning how to advocate for children, their families and communities

• Providing you with skills, knowledge and understanding needed to succeed in a variety of education-related jobs

• Learning about the fundamentals of how children learn, the importance of inclusion and an understanding of professionalism in education.

You’ll also develop the attributes you need to succeed in the workplace, including:

• Written and spoken communication

• Problem-solving

• Teamwork

• Attention to detail.

Your employability is our priority from day one. An optional paid work placement gives you the opportunity to gain professional experience, or study abroad between Years 2 and 3.


How you'll learn

Experience a dynamic, contemporary curriculum working with leading experts.

Working in both small groups and individually, you’ll enjoy a mix of lectures and seminars as you work through progressive modules, including:

• Applying Froebel

• Learners beyond the classroom

• Wellbeing and Holistic Development

In Year 3, you’ll have the chance to shape your own studies by conducting research on a self-selected topic. This enables you to explore and develop current knowledge in a chosen area of education and youth studies before you graduate.

Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by a dedicated and passionate team of lecturers and sector professionals.

Enjoy a personal and practical approach to your studies. You’ll work in exceptional learning facilities, including:

• Access to the Froebel Archive, containing rare books, toys, and photos, collected over the past 200 years.

• The world-class University of Roehampton Library, which is staffed by friendly and dedicated staff who are here to help you. As soon as you join us, you will be able to enjoy all the benefits of our state-of-the-art resources.



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Distinctive Froebelian approach:

Roehampton is internationally renowned for its work in early childhood studies. This course takes a distinctive Froebelian approach to the study of early years, grounded in the following principles:

• A holistic view of babies, young children, their families and the communities they are part of, making links with past, present and future.

• The centrality of play and (outdoor) environments for wellbeing and learning.

• Inclusion and connectedness, and a commitment to social justice in the field of early childhood.

• A commitment to recognising and responding to the individual experiences and understandings of children.

• Continued development of understanding of professionalism and professional reflection and action, linking theory, research and practice.

This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree. 

How you'll be assessed

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Push yourself further with real-world assignments.

Throughout the course, you’ll experience a wide range of assessments that enhance your understanding, explore ideas in depth and express your creativity, while giving you a taste of practices within the workplace. These include:

• online tests

• presentations

• essays

• practical assessments workshops

• peer-supporting

You’ll leave Roehampton with an in-depth understanding of both the theory and the hands-on applications of working with young children, ready to take the next step.

In the School of Education, we prepare our students for enriching careers within the modern education system. We have a rich 183-year history and have been providing higher education to women for longer than any other university in the country

Career options

Shape the future of the education sector.

If you’re ready to learn, we’ll help you gain the confidence and opportunities to achieve.

Our Careers team is on hand to help from the start of your studies until after you graduate. Under their guidance you’ll benefit from a wide range of support, including:

• CV building

• Interview preparation

• Mentoring

• Industry connections

• Work experience

• Volunteering opportunities

• Job fairs

• Introductions to future employers.

Graduates can work in child welfare agencies, providing services such as case management, family support, and advocacy for children and families in need.

• Education: Graduates can work in secondary schools, or in post-secondary education as guidance counsellors, or educational administrators. They may undertake a Postgraduate QTS course in primary teaching if they wish to, although this course is not primary-focused.

• Youth Development: Graduates can work in a variety of organizations that serve young people, such as youth clubs, community centres, or recreational programs.

• Non-profit Management: Graduates can work in non-profit organizations that focus on children and youth issues, such as child abuse prevention, youth homelessness, or youth violence prevention.

• Careers in the ‘GLAM' sector (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums including heritage sites and arts venues and all cultural institutions with a mission to provide access to knowledge)

• Policy and Advocacy: Graduates can work in government agencies, advocacy groups, or think-tanks, developing policies and programs that support children and youth.

• Research: Graduates can work in academic or research institutions, conducting research on child and youth development, social policies, and interventions aimed at improving the lives of young people. We would support graduates to take one of our MA programmes to further develop their research skills.

• With our BA Education and Youth Studies, you can also continue to postgraduate study – researching topics including SEN, disability and inclusion and more. Or taking courses that prepare you for teaching professions.

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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

Application Info

How to apply

Undergraduate programmes


If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We welcome applicants with a wide range of qualifications, including BTECs, A-levels and T Levels.

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential. In some cases, we will make you a contextual offer. Contextual offers ensure that all applicants have a fair opportunity of gaining a place with us, regardless of their background. Find out more about contextual offers.

Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available on our How to apply page.

Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International Placement year
£9,250 £15,750 £998

Specific Entry Requirements

112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Foundation Year entry: 64 UCAS points (or equivalent)

​General entry requirements

International students

Contextual offers

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements.

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