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

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, the contexts for these challenges and the support they require.
Your learning journey will provide you with opportunities to understand the core principles of social prescribing and the positive impact it can have on health and wellbeing outcomes, as part of a personalised care approach. It will also support you to understand the roles of key individuals, services and organisations in delivering a social prescribing pathway and the actions and processes required to support a successful referral to community provision.

In years one and two, you will get first-hand practice experience by undertaking placement opportunities where you can gain a RSPH Social Prescribing Award, that will help get 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.
  • Explore social prescribing to support people of all ages with diverse needs, whilst providing an opportunity to support and empower change in the community.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Introduction to Health and Wellbeing
    Beginning to explore a variety of issues affecting our health and wellbeing.
  • The Core principles and Concepts of Social Prescribing
    An introduction to the professional role of social prescriber and explore where they have come from and why, along with how a social prescriber can work on an individual level as well as with communities.
  • Development Through the Life Course
    Explores human development and the transitions from birth to old age.
  • The Wider Determinants of Health and Health Inequality
    Understand various perspectives of health and why it is important to explore different lenses and consider the impact of health inequality for the individual or the community.
  • Social and Political Influences on Policy and Practice
    Explores inequalities in society and how they affect people’s lives.
  • 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.
  • Theories of Behaviour Change Principles of Motivational Techniques and their Application to Personalised Care
    Apply key models and consider interventions used by social prescribers to evoke positive change, whilst focusing on the practitioners’ values, attitudes and behaviours.
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Equity in Practice
    Exploring issues of equality in the workplace and in our community practice.
  • Conduct and Personalised Care Consultation
    Using purposeful real-world tasks to enable critical reflection, and explore skills such as positive challenge, conflict and lack of self-worth.
  • Leadership and Change
    Developing knowledge on leadership and management across the sector, supporting personal career development.
  • Negotiated Learning
    A student-led enquiry into a health and wellbeing topic.
  • Qualificatory Practice Unit
    Experiential learning in 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.

  • Extended Professional Practice Report: Research
    An opportunity to choose your own related topic for extended study, developing personal expertise.
  • Collaborative Working
    Explore the importance of collaborative working building upon the knowledge and skills developed in year 2 and examine the skills required to support effective partnership working.
  • 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.
  • Managing Self and Others
    A focus on professional skills looking ahead to managing others and ensuring personal health and wellbeing.
  • Advanced Negotiated Learning
    A student-led enquiry into a health and wellbeing topic.

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An Open Day is your opportunity to explore one of 5 campuses, meet your lecturers, and find out how the University of Cumbria could become your new home.

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