BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families

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Course code L502

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UCAS

Course code L502

Key course details

Location Lancaster, Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2020
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

This programme is ideal for anyone who wants 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.

No matter what line of work you eventually choose, whether it's for local authorities or not‐for‐profit organisations, you'll have the ability to reach the top of the career ladder. You’ll learn about a variety of issues, such as child development, outdoor learning and play, youth justice, equality and diversity, international perspectives and their relevance to children, young people and families.

This breadth of study enables you to keep your career options open across the children’s workforce. So, it’s the ideal qualification for a range of careers in teaching, health-related professions and in social and youth work.

We give you the flexibility to focus on your interests and desired career route. You’ll get first-hand know-how through voluntary work experience, real-life case studies and practical assessments - giving your CV the edge to stand out of the crowd with employers.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

  • 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
  • High student satisfaction - We scored over 90% in overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018

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.

Postgraduate Loyalty Award

Progress to postgraduate for free

We’ve waived the fees for many postgraduate courses* for students like you planning to start an undergraduate degree with us to help you extend your education.

Course study options

This course is also available with an integrated foundation year.

Integrated foundation year

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.