BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families (with integrated foundation year)

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Course code L503

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Duration Full-time, 4 Years
Start date September 2020
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If you’re passionate about working with children and young people aged 0-19 and seek a career boosting their education, health or wellbeing – we’ll harness this with academic knowledge and professional skills to give you the start you need to succeed.

You’ll learn core academic skills in your foundation year to progress onto the full degree where you’ll learn about a variety of issues such as child development, outdoor learning and play, youth justice, equality and diversity and international perspectives.

So, it’s the ideal stepping stone for a range of careers in teaching, health-related professions and in social and youth work.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

This dynamic qualification is the ideal springboard to get alongside young people and community groups within diverse settings. But you won’t just learn about how to do it, you’ll be doing it - whether through assessments or creating reports based on real case studies, or through professional fieldwork practice. The hands-on experience will ease your transition into a professional role.

  • Build a good foundation - The integrated foundation year gives you the opportunity to find your feet at university, boost your academic skills and learn the fundamentals about working with young people before starting the full bachelor's degree
  • Integrated working - The programme has a strong theme of interdisciplinary work and offers opportunities for interprofessional study, reflecting changes in the youth and community work sector.
  • Work experience - Professional placements at each level will equip you with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge, understanding and skills into tangible practice.
  • 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 youth work and community development practitioners and highly skilled researchers. We have links with over 100 youth work organisations across the region and international relationships too. This ensures that your programme is informed by recent practice.
  • International placement opportunities – As well as including a globalisation theme, we also offer opportunity to study a semester in Toronto in your level 5 year of study (subject to additional costs).
  • 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
  • Boost your employability - You'll pick up a range of additional qualifications during your studies, including the Safeguarding Certificate, First Aid Certificate, Mental Health First Aid Lite Certificate and Institute of Leadership and Management Certificate

These benefits mean that you will graduate with confidence in your ability to work, manage and lead in the children’s workforce across the UK.

Whether you want to work in schools, children’s centres, youth offenders or youth and social work, we’ll help you focus on the areas that will enable you to achieve your career goal.

Many of our graduates go on to do postgraduate study such as masters degrees in Social Work and Psychology. We also support students in applying for teaching and nursing further qualifications.

Course study options

This course is also available without a foundation year.

View our standard BA (Hons) course

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 of level 6 where you can review and plan your career options.

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