BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families (Top-up)


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    Course code L598

    Online Course

    Apply Now Sept 2022

    Key course details

    Duration Full-time, 1 Year
    Start date September 2021 Online Course September 2022
    Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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    Want to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and families?

    The programme will develop the knowledge and skills you need for a career across a range of professional areas, or for entry into further postgraduate study.  This programme has a number of distinguishing features including:  an emphasis on interdisciplinary working, employability, internationalisation, research skills and social justice.

    If you're looking to start a career working with children and their families, then why not top up your degree to specialise in the field?

    Designed for students who already have an FdA or HND (level 5), this programme will allow you to boost your qualifications to bachelor's degree level. You'll gain a firm foundation in child development, law, ethics and safeguarding children, debating the contemporary issues surrounding challenges to children. The programme will develop the knowledge and skills you need for a career across a range of professional areas, or for entry into further postgraduate study.

    Why Choose University of Cumbria

    • Integrated working - The programme has a cross cutting theme of interdisciplinary work and offers opportunities for interprofessional study, reflecting changes in the youth and community work sector.
    • Applied course and assessments – The course features a high number of applied tasks and assessments such as report writing, designing curriculum packs, evaluating services, ensuring that you have all the practical skills you need to go out into the field.
    • Highly skilled tutors with strong links in the field – our tutors are all experienced practitioners and highly skilled researchers. We have links with over 100 children’s workforce organisations across the region and international relationships too. This ensures that your programme is informed by recent practice.
    • Enriched learning - In addition to our experienced tutors, you'll learn from a range of visiting speakers, monthly seminars, annual conferences and termly fieldwork supervisor events
    • Fresh research - Our tutors are active researchers, exploring areas such as empowerment and agency, gender and identity in young children and interpersonal violence - which means your studies will be informed by the latest research

    These benefits mean that you will graduate with confidence in your ability to work, manage and lead youth and community organisations and services across the UK.

    Course study options

    If you don't have a relevant level 5 qualification, you can take the full three-year course.

    BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families

    Graduate destinations

    The children’s workforce is a wide sector including:

    • early years
    • education
    • social care
    • health and wellbeing
    • sport and culture
    • youth work
    • community work
    • crime and justice.

    Within each of these sectors there are employers who provide statutory services, voluntary and charitable services and private services. This provides you with a wide range of employment options for graduates.

    Recent graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of these organisations as front line staff and project managers. We also know that many students wish to progress into an accredited professional route after qualifying. Many of our graduates have progressed on to masters study in social work, youth work, teaching, counselling and psychology. Because of the complexity of progression routes and options, we've created a bespoke module in semester two where you can review and plan your career options.

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