BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families


Course code L502

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Course code L502

Key course details

Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2021
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children, young people and families?

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

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.

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 with employers.

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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 experienced youth work and community development practitioners and highly skilled researchers. With links with over 100 youth work organisations across the region and international relationships too
  • Enriched learning - You'll learn from a range of visiting speakers, monthly seminars, annual conferences and termly fieldwork supervisor events
  • Current 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 a Safeguarding 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.

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. Because of the wide range of progression routes and opportunities, we've created a bespoke module in semester two of level 6 where you can review and plan your career options.

Our past graduates have gone onto a range of professions and/or postgraduate courses. Previously we've had students who've gone on to PGCE courses, MA Social Work courses, work in family support or adult social care, complete our MA Working with Children and Families or MSc Psychology: Applied Social Sciences, work in the youth justice system, working in special needs settings and teaching abroad.

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