Department of Education

Practice placements

With a variety of potential careers in childhood and youth and an increasingly competitive employment market, graduates need to combine a strong academic grounding with a clear professional focus that prepares them for the workplace. The Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice BA does this by incorporating practice placements in the first two years of the degree, along with a further opportunity to experience work in children's services during the final-year research project. A variety of practice placements are available to our students and including schools, early years, youth work and family services.

Placements in Year 1 are linked to a module on social pedagogy, a theoretical discipline which informs work with children and young people in many European countries.

In Year 2, observational placements are based around a module, Working with Children and Young People, studied jointly students on the BA in Social Work.

In each of these modules, students spend the equivalent of one day a week for five weeks on placement. During placements, students keep diaries reflecting their observations. Seminars and tutorials also provide opportunities for the discussion of links between theory and practice experiences.

Watch the following video to hear a student’s experience of the placement opportunities on the BA in Childhood and Youth: Theory and practice.