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Press Release - 01 December 2008

University of Bath launches new degree to improve lives of children

A unique degree which prepares students to tackle some of society’s most challenging issues and to help improve the lives of children and young people has been launched by the University of Bath’s Department of Education.

The course, entitled, Childhood, Youth & Education Studies BA (Hons), comes at a time when government policies are focussing on issues directly affecting young lives.

It will advance students’ understanding of how children and young people develop and live their lives by combining the disciplines of psychology and education and preparing students for the growing number of specialist jobs relating to the welfare and education of children and young adults.

Teaching methods will include the use of virtual learning environments in order to communicate, discuss and analyse existing policy; and how it relates to theory and practice. Forums will help students to learn through forging partnerships with real practitioners working in services for children and young people.

Students will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, spending a year on a work placement overseas or in the UK in settings such as children’s centres, schools and pre-schools, charities and local government offices.

Programme leader, Dr Rita Chawla-Duggan said: “We are very excited about the launch of this new degree which brings together leading researchers in the departments of Psychology and Education. It introduces students to developmental and educational issues that surround children and young people growing up in contemporary society.”

The course is of particular interest to school and college leavers studying A Levels, International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC National Diplomas in Early Years and Health & Social Care, and counselling and youth work courses.

It is also a good course for non-graduate adults working in childcare or pre-school settings and parents returning to work, particularly those whose children have just started school.

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