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BSc (Hons) - Children and Young People's Health and Wellbeing*

*This course is Subject to Validation.

You want a career working with children and young people, making a difference in their lives. Here your real-world experience will be valued and you'll study topics within health and wellbeing, including mental health.

Our course reflects contemporary practice-focused interventions to support individuals and communities, founded on a social justice approach to practice. You'll graduate passionate about the welfare of young people in the modern world.

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Course Overview

On this degree, you will study a range of modules taught by a team of supportive lecturers with professional experience and academic specialisms. You will learn about the challenges and opportunities young people face in the modern world, the contexts for these challenges and how you can support these young people and their communities.

Your learning will be complemented with experiential learning placements to support your career development, including a focus on the cutting edge practice of social prescribing. Placements will be available across the sector, including in statutory and voluntary provisions. You will be supported by our expert team as an individual whose previous life experience is highly valued. You'll develop your professional and academic skills and be prepared for a future career or further study pathways, getting you ready to you go out into the world and make a difference in people’s lives.

On this course you will...

  • Make links between real-world practice and academic learning by completing placements across the sector, reflecting on your learnings.
  • Access excellent support and be taught by lecturers who get to know you as an individual and support your specific learning needs.
  • Know your own life experience is valued and that you can build on your experiences to develop your academic, professional and personal skills.
  • Get taught by lecturers with professional experience who are academic specialists in their chosen fields, offering a range of modules embedded in real-world practice.
  • Be part of a vibrant and inclusive learning community of people who want to make a change in society and support young people's mental health and well-being.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

On this degree, you will learn the foundations to enabling positive life changes through an understanding of the potential impacts and the benefits of improved health and wellbeing.

You will progressively develop the approaches, skills, knowledge and experience concerning working with children and young people and their communities. The main threads of learning embedded across the 3 years include:
• Issues in society that constrain or enable young people
• Creativity, the outdoors, play
• Research, academic and professional skills
• Mental and physical health
• Well-being in relation to all of these factors.

Year one

The first year will encourage academic and personal development whilst looking at policy and practice and the development of individuals with regards to health and wellbeing.

  • Developing Academic Writing and Reflective Practice
    Supports your confidence in beginning undergraduate study and developing professional skills
  • Social and political influences on policy and practice
    Explores inequalities in society and how they affect people’s lives
  • Introduction to Health and Wellbeing
    Beginning to explore a variety of issues affecting our health and wellbeing
  • Development Through the Life Course
    Explores human development and the transitions from birth to old age
  • Values and principles: Children and young people's mental health and wellbeing
    A focus on issues affecting mental health and associated support mechanisms
  • Qualificatory Practice Unit
    Experiential learning in practice
Year two

Year two focuses on skills supporting health and wellbeing, and understanding the importance and value of equality, diversity and inclusion in communities and societies.

  • Introduction to advancing mental health across the healthcare spectrum
    Developing an innovative practice in health and wellbeing, with a focus on mental health
  • Negotiated Learning
    A student-led enquiry into a health and wellbeing topic
  • Leadership and change
    Developing knowledge on leadership and management across the sector, supporting personal career development
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Equity in Practice
    Exploring issues of equality in the workplace and in our community practice
Year three

A focus upon the principles of leadership and management and how equality, diversity and inclusion can lead to social change and improved practice.

  • Applied critical evaluation for evidence-based practice
    Establishing development of practice and enhanced understanding through evidence-based research
  • Introduction to Counselling skills
    Key principles and skills in counselling
  • Contemporary approaches and fundamental principles of safeguarding across the lifespan
    The importance of multi-agency working in practice and a clear focus on safeguarding issues
  • Outdoor and experiential learning
    Applied experiential learning in the outdoors to enable positive health and wellbeing
  • Managing Self and Others
    A focus on professional skills looking ahead to managing others and ensuring personal health and wellbeing.
  • Extended professional practice report: Research
    An opportunity to choose your own related topic for extended study, developing personal expertise

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