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Working with Children, Families and Communities [with Foundation Year]

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade D, or grade 3, or above and evidence of two years post-GCSE study at Level 3. If you have achieved at least grade E in one A level, or equivalent, you are exempt from the two year post-GCSE study requirement, but you still have to meet the GCSE requirements. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificate level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 overall including 5.5 in each band/component.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Social work

Prepare for a career working with children, families and communities, in settings that combine education, wellbeing and social care.

Gain real-world experience and learn how to support children's mental health and wellbeing on our Working with Children, Families and Communities degree in Chelmsford.

During your studies you’ll unpick issues of social justice, inclusion, diversity, and equality and understand how to support a diverse range of people. You’ll develop your ability to critically reflect on experiences, as well as a broad and balanced societal view supported by theoretical knowledge and research evidence.

The Government’s aspiration is for different services to work together in a more integrated way to support children, young people and their families. Numerous services, from education to social care, can play a part in doing this – and our course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in these areas.

By studying BA (Hons) Working with Children, Families and Communities at ARU, you'll develop knowledge and skills in four key areas: education, social work, community support, and research. You’ll learn alongside teaching and social work students, from staff who are qualified practitioners in both these fields.

It's important to us that you graduate as a well-rounded individual, so we put in place the support and tools you need to succeed. We’ll give you the opportunities to flourish as an autonomous, active learner; make sure you benefit from ongoing feedback; and offer personalised teaching approaches and resources based on learners' needs, interests, and experiences.

Whichever option you choose, we’ll equip you with the knowledge and skills to enter an ever-changing workplace – and really make a difference to the people you work with.

Modules

Modules are subject to change and availability.
Year 1:
Core modules

Foundation in Humanities, English, Media, Social Sciences and Education
Year 2:
Core modules

Critical Skills for Higher Education
Perspectives on the Child 1: Childhood as a Construct - Physical and Social Development of Children
Contemporary Issues in Social Work
Safeguarding in Context
Year 3:
Core modules

Studying Research in an Interprofessional Context
Perspectives on the Child 2: The Family School and Community
Reflective Practice in an Interprofessional Context
Ruskin Module
Working with Communities: Identifying and Responding to Needs
Year 4:
Core modules

Special Focus Project
Perspectives on the Child 3: Inclusion
Sustainable Social Work
Working with Communities: Community Engagement

Assessment methods

Assessments happen in a number of ways and include patchwork text, essays, written reflection and presentations. There are also opportunities for informal (formative assessment) to give you the necessary support and opportunities to be an active learner and to make contributions to our learning community in lectures, seminars or online groups. Your tutors will monitor individual, group and cohort learning in order to personalise teaching approaches so that you learn in the way that is most suited to you.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Chelmsford Campus

Department:

School of Education and Social Care

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

64%
med
Social work

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

Teaching and learning

68%
Staff make the subject interesting
76%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

64%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
36%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£27,500
high
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
92%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

94%
Welfare professionals
2%
Health professionals
2%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Health and social care

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£27k

£27k

£29k

£29k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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