Child and Youth Studies BA (Hons)

Course code L530

What is special about this course?

A career in child and youth work is always going to present a diversity of situations and challenges. Add to this the unique urban and rural issues that evolve from a Highlands and Islands environment and you have another set of complex issues with which to engage.

This leading BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies degree will give you a rigorous understanding of the specific concerns associated with child and youth issues in this region and within the broader context of the UK and Europe.

The course is taught entirely online via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) and you will be supported locally by your personal academic tutor face-to-face, via email, telephone and online, which means that you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments.

Special features

  • You will carry out a research project related to your work or area of special interest
  • The course is specifically relevant to the needs of rural areas
  • Flexible course which is available entirely online, meaning you can fit your studies around your own commitments, from anywhere within the UK
  • Ideal preparation for a career in child and youth work
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development (CPD)

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or experience are also welcomed and will be considered on an individual basis
  • Alternatively, completion of Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services (Children and Young People) PLUS an additional Scottish Higher at Grade C or above
  • You are required to attend an interview, in person or by telephone, to discuss the course in detail and to explain the method of teaching

Advanced entry to year two of the degree:

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

Year 1 - CertHE

View our interactive introduction to the course

Core modules are:

Semester one

  • Nature of health
  • An introduction to health and social policy
  • Introduction to early childhood philosophy and practice

Semester two

  • Psychology of developmental and individual differences
  • Sociology of the family
  • The enquiring student

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:
Semester one

  • Recognising and challenging discrimination and disadvantage
  • Working in partnership

Semester two

  • Adolescence
  • Researching the social world

Option modules include:
Semester one

  • Play and childhood
  • Providing a curriculum for life
  • Care and control
  • Health psychology
  • The enquiring student

Semester two

  • Principles and foundations of health promotion
  • Specialist provision
  • Youth behaviour and society
  • The individual, society and the health continuum
  • Urban-rural divide
  • Cognition



Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:
Semester one

  • Legislation and childhood
  • Comparative childcare: a European perspective

Semester two

  • Ethical issues
  • Literature review

Option modules include:
Semester one

  • Introduction to effective management and leadership
  • Promoting and enhancing parenting
  • Promotion of diversity and equality
  • Developmental psychology: birth to death

Semester two

  • Acquisition of language
  • Alcohol and drugs studies
  • Healthy people, healthy places: challenges for public health
  • Issues of risk
  • Developing professional practice through placement
  • Digital futures in health and social care

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Dissertation (both semesters)
  • Professional reflection (semester one)
  • Personal and professional reflection (semester two)

Option modules include:
Semester one

  • Comparative health studies
  • Developmental disorders
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Food and behaviour

Semester two

  • A globalized view of childcare
  • Disability and society
  • Psychopathology: mental health and wellbeing
  • Communication, cognition and e-learning
  • The UNCRC: investigating exploitation, youth justice and education in relation to children's rights

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • You will receive support from your personal academic tutor face-to-face and/or via email, telephone or online
  • You will also be required to attend a face-to-face induction at your local campus at the start of your course

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): variable for continuing professional development (CPD)

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll
  • Inverness
  • Moray
  • North, West and Hebrides
  • Orkney
  • Perth
  • Shetland
  • This fully online course can be studied from anywhere in Scotland. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at your chosen partner

Start date

  • September
  • January (for individual modules only)



For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2023-24 2024-25
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £915 £915
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £305 £305

Rest of the UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status the following fees apply:

  2023-24 2024-25
Full-time online per year (120 credit modules) £6,120 £6,120
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £1,020 £1,020

International students

This course is not available to students domiciled outside of the UK or for international students (including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled status in the UK) requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here. For students living in the UK and assessed as international for fee status, the following fees will apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2023-24 2024-25
Full-time online per year (120 credit modules) £6,540 £6,960
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £1,090 £1,160

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies degree offers a wealth of employment opportunities, including youth work, community learning and development, social work, teaching, early learning provision, allied health professions and other related specialities.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies to the following postgraduate courses:

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I loved the journey that I shared with the friends I made from day one. That network of support continued all the way through my degree and was backed up by the lecturers and my personal tutor who have continued to be so supportive on my journey to becoming a nursery manager. 

Katie Henderson studied on the BA Child and Youth Studies at UHI Perth.

This course was the perfect choice for me. It has enabled me to gain an insight into so many areas of the profession, which has helped guide me towards working within the social care sector. I am inspired that the university eliminates barriers such as geographical location and personal circumstances: my lecturers and fellow students come from all backgrounds and localities. Studies are set at a challenging but realistic pace and, being online, I can fit them around my work. This is allowing me to achieve something I never would have imagined possible while at school.

Jacqueline is enrolled on the BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies at our Perth College UHI campus.

All of the lecturers were extremely supportive and always available to speak to. They took a lot of time to get to know each student personally and I plan to keep in touch with them in the future.

BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies graduate Amanda MacDonald, who went on to graduate from the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) and now works as a primary school teacher in the Inverness area.

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