Title: Working with Children and Families BA (Hons)
Application: Applications for full-time undergraduate courses should apply through UCAS. The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com or telephone 0371 468 0468.
UCAS Code: L2X0
UCAS Institute Code: B93
Attendance: Full time
Duration: 3 years
Start date: September

This degree, which is awarded by the University of Cumbria and taught at Bury College, is aimed at people wanting to work with children, young people and families. It covers a wide range of issues affecting children and families in today’s society. Each of the modules provides a secure grounding in issues for all professionals working in multi-agency contexts with children and their carers. The course offers you the opportunity to continue studying at a higher level, whilst broadening your knowledge and understanding gained at level 3, or through your previous experience.


You will cover the following topics:


Level 4


·         Perspectives in Human Development

·          Professional Skills with Children, Young People, Families and Communities

·         Social and Political Influences on Policy and Practice

·         Play and Creative Development in Diverse Contexts

·         Cultural and Historical Influences on Children, Young People and Families

·         An Introduction to Practitioner Research



Level 5:


·         An Introduction to Practitioner Research

·         Researching and Evaluating Practice

·         Crime and conflict

·         Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Oppressive Practice (with work based learning)

·         The Internet, Media and Society

        ·         Identity, Personality and Social Justice

·         Innovative Approaches to Working with Children and Families




Level 6:


·         Enabling Practice and Empowerment for Communities

·         Outdoor Environments and Experiential Learning

·         Supporting Health and Wellbeing

·         Extended Professional Practice Report: Dissertation

·         Employability, Progression and Leadership



As part of the Personal/Professional Development modules you will undertake placements in a variety of settings, this could be paid or voluntary work.  

This course includes a wide variety of assessment methods aimed at building your subject knowledge, academic and professional skills. The assessment involves a considerable amount of group work and creative assessment and will enable you to learn a range of new skills.

The placement aspect of the course allows you to explore the breadth of the workforce opportunites relevant to this degree. Through placement students can build professional networks to enhance future employability.

Career options are varied, ranging from work in schools and other settings to family support work through a range of organisations. You can also apply to progress onto post graduate study to work towards QTS, social work or other fields.

DBS Clearance will be required before commencing placement. The cost is £44.00.

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements include:

  • 80 UCAS points or equivalent in a Level 3 qualification
  • Applicants should also have five GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent) including English
  • The college will also consider applicants who have passed a Kitemarked Access to Higher Education course (equivalent to 80 UCAS points)
  • If you do not have the standard entry requirements but have relevant work experience or an alternative qualification you may still be eligible for the course
  • You may be required to attend for an interview or assessment
  • All students will be required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS Service in order to undertake the required placement elements of the course

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