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Course overview

The course focuses on the development of students’ understanding of the core principles and practice of working with children, young people and their families, and the development of inter-disciplinary thinking and practice. It includes the study of key issues facing children and young people, as well as practitioners, and there are opportunities to focus your studies and assignments on particular aspects of your curent work and those that are particular interest to you.

This course is available to study at our Riverside Campus and Warrington Campus, as well as University Centre Shrewsbury.


If you have any enquiries about this course, please contact the Education and Children's Services using these contact details.

  • Riverside Campus, Chester
  • Warrington Campus
3 Years

Why Study Childhood and Youth Professional Studies with us?

The course supports you to develop your understanding of the relationship between theory and practice:

  • Content is related to current issues and practice in working with children, young people and their families.
  • Varied forms of assessment are used with opportunities to incorporate projects that you may be engaged in at work.
  • You are able to deepen your own, and each other’s roles to support the development of a multi-disciplinary approach to working with children, young people and their families.
  • Active encouragement for you to identify your own learning and development priorities.
  • Encouragement for employer engagement to support work-related projects

Riverside Campus, Chester

The Riverside Campus provides specialist teaching facilities for most students in the Chester-based Faculties of Education and Children’s Services, and Health and Social Care

The University took ownership of the former County Hall in Chester in 2010 and transformed it into the Riverside Campus building, which provides exceptionally high quality and state-of-the-art facilities for its two resident faculties. This iconic building in the centre of Chester is just a 20-minute walk from the main Chester Campus.

Riverside Campus houses the Library collections for Education and Children’s Services and Health and Social Care students along with several IT laboratories for 'open access' and teaching use. All of the teaching spaces are equipped with high-grade audiovisual technology and provide an excellent learning experience.

In addition, Riverside Campus provides a 192-seat lecture theatre, containing raked seating and a widescreen capable of showing Blu-ray and HD films.

Dining@Dee, Riverside’s own café and coffee shop, serves hot and cold drinks, snacks and delicious meals. Meanwhile, the Student Space provides social, group work and discussion space for students, with hot and cold drinks vending machines and snack machines available, and students are able to eat their own food here.

Warrington Campus

Warrington Campus

The Warrington Campus provides a close-knit community, innovative courses, and a strong focus on employability and transferable skills. 

The campus has a range of specialist training, academic and leisure facilities across its 30-acre site. It is home to the North West Media Centre, the Warrington School of Management, dedicated police training facilities and practical nursing workspace.

With the Department of Sport and Community Engagement on site you can enjoy superb sports facilities for academic, recreational and competitive use such as an astro-turf pitch, fitness suite, running track and sports hall which hosts a variety of fitness classes. We’re also the training base for local Rugby League team Warrington Wolves.

Outside of the classroom, open-access computer labs and the £2.3million learning resource centre and library are available for all students.

On-site catering options include a Starbucks outlet, the Terrace Café Bar and our Garden Dining Rooms. After hours you can relax in the Students’ Union bar and club Twenty10.

Following £12million of investment the Warrington Campus combines the best of long-established university traditions with modern developments.

Visit our News page to get the latest updates from Warrington Campus.


Campus Tours

Missed our Open Days? Our campus tours are a great opportunity to visit us and view campus facilities before making an application.


Open Days 2017

Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.

Chester Dates

  • Saturday 28th October (MA Art Therapy only)
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