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Undergraduate Available in Clearing

BA Working with Children, Young People and Families

Be part of the wider children’s and young people’s workforce with a future in education, health, pastoral and social support services.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Typical offer

N/A

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UCAS code

L591

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Start date

Course overview

Working with children, young people and families involves examining the way society is structured and how this impacts on the lives of children, families and their communities.

Looking to make a difference to families you care about, in communities you live and work in? The global pandemic has highlighted the vital role played by key workers supporting families and children and shaped new ways of working. Now is the time to acquire the skills and competencies to make a difference.

By studying real life problems, such as digital communities and education, crime, human rights, abuse, poverty and loss, students gain competencies required by the sector to enhance the outcomes for future families.

Included is the opportunity to study toward Forest School certification, Safeguarding, Portage training, along with professional placements and volunteering opportunities.

This programme is taught by a team of experts in the fields of education, social care, health, inclusion and therapeutic approaches, giving you a real, practical knowledge that will be invaluable in your future career.

Six reasons to study Working with Children, Young People and Families at Hull

  1. 98% graduate employability rating*
  2. Placements – links to 600 educational institutions
  3. 91% rating for overall student satisfaction
  4. You can spend three months studying abroad
  5. Get Forest School certified to teach outdoors
  6. Certified training in Safeguarding and Portage

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Core

    Ethical Dilemmas and the Moral Maze

    Dealing with real-world, ethical or moral dilemmas is extremely challenging, yet pertinent to all areas of work and professional practice, with the skills and insight to deal with these situations therefore being of the utmost importance and benefit in the contemporary world. Such issues can be extremely complex and commonplace, affecting individuals and communities in a range of different contexts -impacting upon both children, young people and adults. Planning and working collaboratively to explore these dilemmas, you will analyse a range of case studies (ethical dilemmas) relevant to your areas of interest, seeking to explore the legal, moral and ethical requirements of practice.

    Health and Wellbeing

    The significance of good physical, emotional, mental and sexual health has never been more important for children and society. This module explores the role of educators to support good health and promote responsible health decisions.

    Families, Culture and Community

    The saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ is still true in the 21st Century. Where children live really makes an impact on their lives and future opportunities. This module supports your understanding of what can be done to make communities work, who can help, what are the barriers and solutions that make communities sustainable and able to support children to flourish.

    Learning Across the Lifespan

    This module explores a diverse range of theories of human development and learning. Using real world examples provided, you will be encouraged to apply a combination of theories to understand, consider and reflect upon appropriate courses of action to address issues found across a range of relevant settings and contexts.

    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    This engaging module provides foundation knowledge and skills that will enable you to understand the background and needs of a diverse range of children, young people and communities you will encounter in a range of practice contexts, and throughout your career. It provides theoretical knowledge and understanding of policy, legislation and research, which will underpin your academic and/or professional identity.

Second year modules

  • Core

    Safeguarding and Family Support

    You'll consider the historical and social context of safeguarding and child protection, examining key issues of safeguarding practice including communication, leadership and multi-disciplinary working.

    Inclusive and Therapeutic Techniques to Support Children with SEND

    This exciting module enables you to consider how you might work more effectively and inclusively with children and young people who have special educational needs. You will be able to develop hands-on, practical experience with therapeutic skills such as play therapy, life story work and Lego therapy. In addition, you will become familiar with a variety of additional needs, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), Tourette’s syndrome, and emotional and behavioural difficulties including adverse childhood trauma.

    Families Living in Challenging Contexts

    What’s it like to be a child, young person or a young family living in society today? You will explore the impact of poverty, or an environmental disaster; or locally consider how criminal gangs may be limiting children’s opportunities thrive. Who and what strategies help are some of the questions explored, alongside the need for an effective multiagency approach.

    Professional Practice Placement

    In this module you will have an opportunity to design, implement and evaluate a strategy for your own youth work and community development practice that makes a contribution to making a difference in the lives of young people and/or communities. We have exciting placement opportunities in various contexts that will open up spaces for you to develop effective practice.

    Communities of Practice

    This is a participatory, experiential and collaborative module in which you will be introduced to a series of provocations identified by practitioners working at a grass root level in a range of early years, family, youth and community, SENDI, TESOL, and educational settings.

Final year modules

  • Core

    Childhood and the Digital World

    You will develop a critical understanding of the way in which digital technologies and social media have become integral to the lives of children and young people, providing new opportunities but also challenges. Drawing on cutting-edge research and contemporary theoretical perspectives, you will analyse a number of evidence-based facts related to how young people’s physical, social and cognitive development and wellbeing, can be influenced by a number of factors related to the use of digital technology.

    Voice and Influence

    This dynamic module will extend your knowledge and understanding of the role and purpose of voice and influence in your practice with children, young people, families, adults and communities. It is crucial that people have a voice and the opportunity to influence decisions that affect them and the matters that are of importance to them. The module will examine models of voice and influence from forums and campaigns to the role of the media. It will also explore issues of advocacy and ways to support children, young people, adults and communities in representing their views, needs and wishes to decision-makers.

    Extended Research Project

    This module offers an exciting opportunity for you to delve deeply into and explore a contemporary issue which you feel passionate about that is relevant to your programme of study. You will have the opportunity to design, develop and conduct your own research project. Through the process of this research and writing your dissertation you will develop specialist knowledge and skills relevant to your graduate future, whether that be employment or postgraduate study.

    Environments for Learning

    You will identify and apply pedagogical knowledge of how to develop enabling environments for children young people and families. An innovative approach to a range of pedagogical approaches, including Forest Schools, Home learning Environment and community based projects. Optional accredited Level 2 Forest Schools training is available through this module.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

180 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

816 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

204 hours

Placement Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Indicative assessment proportions

25%
75%
  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

132 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

492 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

576 hours

Placement Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Indicative assessment proportions

20%
80%
  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

120 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

876 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

204 hours

Placement Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Indicative assessment proportions

5%
95%
  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • A level grades N/A

  • Points required N/A

Work out your estimated points

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades - you’re more than just letters on a page!

Some courses still do have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 466100 or complete our online form to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£14,500 per year

Fees for 2021 entry have not yet been confirmed. The fees shown are for 2020 entry.

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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 £9,203 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.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Scholarships

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points or above

from 3 A levels or equivalent, you could receive

£1,200 to £2,000

Find out more

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Education welfare officer
  • Special school teaching assistant
  • Family support officer
  • Home education assistant
  • Hospital nursery leader
  • Independent support practitioner

The range of employment opportunities for graduates in children's and young people’s services is increasingly varied and wide. Students may decide to focus on education, health, or social care support work, choosing professions in the private, voluntary, health or maintained sector.

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