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University of Cumbria

Working with Children and Families

UCAS Code: L502

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

60 credits overall, 45 graded at level 3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM-DMM

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C-A,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

96-112

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Childhood and youth studies

**Course Overview**

This programme is ideal for anyone who wants to make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and families and their communities. The programme will develop the knowledge and skills you need for a career across a range of professional areas (such as adult and children's social care, youth groups, charities, community organisations, schools, nurseries), or for entry into further postgraduate study e.g. primary and secondary teaching, social work, psychology. This programme makes strong links between theory and practice, and deals with issues relevant to today's society .We are very focused on employability, and on preparing students to take up careers across the children's workforce and in our communities, understanding how different organisations work together, and developing research and academic skills alongside professional skills. 

No matter what line of work you eventually choose, whether it's for local authorities or not for profit organisations and charities, you'll have the ability to reach the top of the career ladder. We focus on local, national and global issue which are relevant to people's lives today, such as child development, outdoor learning and play, crime and youth justice, equality and diversity, mental health and physical well-being, the impact of technology on our lives, gender and sexuality. 

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 pride ourselves in understanding the individual skills and needs of each student, to know you as an individual and help you succeed and achieve your goals through a high level of support. 

We give you the flexibility to focus on your interests and desired career route. You'll get first-hand know-how through 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 creative resources, 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.

Modules

Modules Year 1 Personal/Professional Development [Study Skills] Child Development 0-18 Childhood, Family and Society Teamwork OR Child Protection Inclusive Early Years Settings OR Historical Construction of Childhood Learning and teaching for Children 3-5 years OR Young Person in Focus Year 2 Personal/Professional Development [The Wider World] Family and the Law Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Practice Educational Thinkers OR Children and Young People with Complex Needs Creative Development OR Challenges to Childhood Year 3 Personal/Professional Development [Leadership and Management] Multi-agency Working in Safeguarding and Child Protection, Transitions in Children’s Lives Current Issues in the Early Years OR Youth Justice Dissertation

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Carlisle - Fusehill Street

Lancaster

Department:

Health, Psychology and Social Studies

TEF rating:
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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.

84%
med
Childhood and youth studies

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.

Childhood and youth studies

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

92%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
8%
Male students
92%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
22%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

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.

Health and social care

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.

£16,120
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
51%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
19%
Childcare and related personal services
18%
Welfare professionals

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