Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 Years TBC Full-Time Washington Campus University Level Qualification

What’s it all about?

This course 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 areas such as adult and children's social care, youth groups, charities, community organisations, schools, nurseries.

In studying the course you will make strong links between theory and practice, and deal 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.

This programme has a number of distinguishing features including: an emphasis on interdisciplinary working, employability, internationalisation, research skills and social justice.

You should have a suitable level 3 qualification as well as GCSE English and math's qualifications grade 4 or above or equivalent level 2 qualifications.

If you are not already employed within the sector, there is a compulsory 70 hour placement. You will also require a satisfactory DBS clearance.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ 6165.00 *subject to change Additional cost for stationary to complete assessments.

All teaching will take place in the classroom environment, but you will be expected to use your experience within the workplace to inform your learning. Throughout your programme of study, you will be required to complete assessments to demonstrate your learning of subject knowledge and transferable key skills. You will experience a range of different types of assessment during your programme which will include some of the following:

- Case studies
- Literature reviews
- Group work
- Presentations
- Portfolios
- Reports
- Proposals
- Multiple choice questions
- Reflections

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your future career. It is expected that you will have your Maths and English qualifications as part of the entry criteria.

If you are not already employed within the sector, there is a compulsory 70 hour placement. Placement will enable you to make important links from theory to practice, a key academic skill that you will be encouraged to develop. Placement can be voluntary or paid, but must be within a relevant setting. If you are already employed within the sector you don’t need to undertake an additional placement.

This programme is a University of Cumbria programme. We work with the university and partner colleges to deliver this programme.

We also work in partnership with various early years, education, health and social settings within the local area.

When not attending lectures, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities including a personal tutor, the HE academic support tutor, learning centre and the facilities available to you at University of Cumbria.

This qualification is awarded through University of Cumbria.

This is a 2 year programme. Full time (2 days)

The aims of this programme are to:

- Provide a supportive and responsive learning environment that will enable students with different experiences to develop a flexible and transferable skill set.

- Engage students with a variety of learning experiences that build on skills and knowledge at each of the three levels of the programme to facilitate the development of a critical understanding of the children’s workforce and social care settings.

- Develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to work in integrated practice settings across the children’s workforce and social care settings.

- Confidently engage with and support the development of children, young people, families and communities.

- Plan, deliver and evaluate projects and interventions that support social action and social justice.

- Understand and locate themselves within the local, national and global children’s workforce and social care settings.

You will study twelve modules which include:

Year 1
- 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

Year 2
- Researching and Evaluating practice
- Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-oppressive Practice through (with work-based learning)
- The Internet, Media & Society
- Crime and Conflict
- Identity, Personality and Social justice
- Innovative Approaches to Working with Children and Families

You can obtain more information about the course from the University of Cumbria website by accessing the first 2 years of the BA Hons:

University of Cumbria

240 credits (Level 5)

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