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Working with Children, Young People and Families

BA (Hons)
Entry 2017: Call us now - 0800 073 1225
Entry 2018: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: L590
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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Overview

Gain the skills you need for a career working with children and families in this three-year, full-time BA (Hons) programme.

You’ll develop a firm understanding of policy and legislative issues, and get the hands-on practical experience you need to be an effective practitioner.

You’ll study topics such as:

  • legislation relating to education, child protection and health
  • roles and responsibilities of agencies
  • multi-agency working
  • communicating with children through play, art, and role play

The programme gives you the opportunity to explore different aspects of working with children and families, in a variety of environments. On graduation you’ll be able to pursue careers in areas such as family support, community development, education, and mentorship.

You may choose to pursue further study after graduation, such as the MA in Social Work, giving you the qualification you need to be a social worker.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is a collaboration between the University and key employers in social care and the children’s care sectors

Why Bradford?

This is a unique programme that combines theory and research around working with children, young people and families with the development of hands-on practical skills.

You learn to utilise techniques such as play, art and role play, and apply this knowledge across a range of social care provision.

The programme also gives you invaluable political, economic and cultural context, and examine areas such as life stage development and societal influence. You will also learn how to apply principles of social justice, human rights and diversity.

You may opt to undertake an assessed placement in Year Two – this module will enable you to develop key skills relevant to the world of graduate employment and enable you to link theory to practice.

Entry requirements

These entry requirements are shown as a guide only. To check whether you meet the full entry requirements please call 0800 073 1225

A levels:

112 UCAS tariff points to include 64 points from two A-levels or equivalent.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

There are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

There are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

A levels:

112 UCAS tariff points to include 64 points from two A-levels or equivalent.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 112 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

 

Modules

The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

This programme is divided into core and option modules. In year one all students undertake: Academic, Personal and Professional Development, Communication Skills with Children and Families, Transition and Development with Children and Young People, Values and Ethics and Introduction to Sociology. In year two core modules include: Research and Evaluation, Effective Interventions with Children and Families, Children and Interagency Work and the British Welfare State. Students have an option to develop skills in practice by undertaking a Learning from Practice module or can undertake Mental Health or another elective. In year three, students undertake a Dissertation module and have core modules in Childcare Law and Organisations and Professional Development. Option modules include Users’ Perspectives and The Social Psychology of Intergroup Relations.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Placement

You may opt to undertake a placement in Year Two.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

83% of our 2016 graduates in BA Working with Children, Young People and Families found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

Jobs that you may consider applying for after graduation include: family support worker, community development worker, extended schools co-ordinator, play leader, community care support worker, advice worker (e.g. housing advice), mentor and career adviser. You may choose to apply for a higher-level degree after graduation, for example, MA Social Work here at Bradford or a Postgraduate Certificate in FE Teaching.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 Working with Children, Young People and Families graduates was £17,256.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Research

All teaching staff are research active, and our research informs our teaching.

We bring a variety of experiences of children and families work including fostering and adoption, family and parenting support, child protection and childcare law.

We also bring a huge variety of other skills and expertise, including using art as a therapeutic tool with children and families and skills in other direct work activities.

Facilities

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £14,250

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.