Working with Children, Young People and Families

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: L591

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Developing Positive Relationships with Children, Young People and their Families

  • Learning Across the Lifespan

    This module introduces the concept of learning and development throughout the lifespan. It will help you recognise how different contexts (e.g. cultural, environmental and social) influence individual learning and development by analysing a diverse range of theories applied to the study of individual development.

  • Skills for Academic Success in HE

  • Aspects of Child and Family Health

    Study the key influences on child health and well being in contemporary society and consider the provision of health care for children and young people in UK. Contemporary issues around well-being, mental and sexual health are explored in this module. Along with issues relating to physical health, for example obesity and the impact that health decisions and health choices have on children and their families.

  • Introduction to Professional Practice

    Choose from a range of placement opportunities in education, health and social care to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to equip you for working in a children’s sector environment.

  • Inclusion, Diversity and Rights

    This module introduces the key principles of inclusion, diversity and rights. It explores the historical context and important milestones towards inclusion, which are examined in relation to exclusion/segregation, and integration, progressing from the 1896 Committee on Defective and Epileptic Children through to the present day.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Second year modules include

  • Research Methods and Methodology

    You will learn about a range of research practices within the field of social research including the importance of ethics in research, different research methods and how to collect and analyse data.

  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing in Children and Young People

    Gain an understanding of the importance of safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and young people. The module examines the legal responsibility of those who safeguard and promote children’s wellbeing and explores issues relating to human rights, social justice and multi-professional work.

  • Safeguarding and Promoting the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

  • Continuing Professional Practice

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Final year modules include

  • Key Contemporary Issues in Working with Children, Young People and Families

    You will engage in a critical evaluation of global, national and local issues that affect children, young people and their families. For example, mental health, poverty, crime and child exploitation.

  • The Critical Practitioner

    This module introduces reflexive practice and considers the importance of being a critical practitioner in practice. Models of reflection that support reflexive practice will be examined and you will reflect on your own learning journey in order to apply such knowledge.

  • Professional Practice and Partnership Working

    Consolidate your knowledge and work experience and enhance your employability skills for working as a reflective practitioner within the children, young people and families sector.

  • Leadership and Management in Children and Young People’s Services

  • Dissertation

“Coming to Hull enabled me to learn something I am passionate about, work for some great organisations and volunteer for some brilliant causes.”

Katie Hobson

More about this course

Working with children, young people and families involves examining and developing an understanding of the way that society is structured and how this impacts on the lives of individuals, families and their communities. We place a strong emphasis on your employability after graduation, so you’ll put your theory into practice through several work placements. You’ll develop skills and knowledge appropriate to multi-agency working in a range of health, education and social care professional practice placements. There is also an opportunity for students to study abroad for one semester in year 2, and spend time at one of our English-speaking, partner universities in countries renowned for high quality childcare, such as Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

You’ll be taught by staff who are experts in their field, and who have a reputation for pioneering innovative learning, in line with current practice. Many workshops, seminars and lectures are integrated through digital technology and mobile devices. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to study toward Forest School certification, which allows practitioners to lead children’s learning experiences in outdoor contexts, a much valued skill in the sector. We also offer certified training in Safeguarding and Portage, a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional support needs and their families.

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Our teaching staff

Set yourself up for a rewarding career making a real difference to the lives of children, young people, and adults.

Strong partnerships with hundreds of schools, colleges, community organisations and early years settings.

Specialise in a particular age range and master advanced teaching methods taught by expert staff.

A diverse range of routes into teaching includes undergraduate programmes that incorporate Qualified Teacher Status.

Entry requirements

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

104 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

The range of employment opportunities for graduates is increasingly varied and wide. This programme reflects the resulting high demand for well trained professional practitioners in children and young people’s services.

Students may decide to focus on education, health, or social care support work, choosing professions in the private, voluntary, health, or maintained sector. Areas of employment graduates might typically enter include: Education Welfare Officer, Special School Teaching Assistant, Family Support Officer, Home Education Assistant, Hospital Nursery Leader, Social Worker, Local Authority Adviser, BBC Children’s TV Researcher, and Independent Support Practitioner to name a few.

This programme also provides you with a solid foundation to continue further study or research. Opportunities include programmes such as a Master’s degree in Social Work or Community and Youth Work, Postgraduate Certificate in Education, or Graduate Teacher Programme.