Want to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and families? The programme will develop the knowledge and skills you need for a career across a range of professional areas, or for entry into further postgraduate study. This programme has a number of distinguishing features including: an emphasis on interdisciplinary working, employability, internationalisation, research skills and social justice. If you’re passionate about working with children and young people aged 0-19 and seek a career boosting their education, health or wellbeing – we’ll harness this with academic knowledge and professional skills to give you the start you need to succeed. You’ll learn core academic skills in your foundation year to progress onto the full degree where you’ll learn about a variety of issues such as child development, outdoor learning and play, youth justice, equality and diversity and international perspectives. So, it’s the ideal stepping stone for a range of careers in teaching, health-related professions and in social and youth work. Why Choose University of Cumbria This dynamic qualification is the ideal springboard to get alongside young people and community groups within diverse settings. But you won’t just learn about how to do it, you’ll be doing it - whether through assessments or creating reports based on real case studies, or through professional fieldwork practice. The hands-on experience will ease your transition into a professional role.
- Build a good foundation - The integrated foundation year gives you the opportunity to find your feet at university, boost your academic skills and learn the fundamentals about working with young people before starting the full bachelor's degree
- Integrated working - The programme has a strong theme of interdisciplinary work and offers opportunities for interprofessional study, reflecting changes in the youth and community work sector.
- Work experience - Professional placements at each level will equip you with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge, understanding and skills into tangible practice.
- Applied course and assessments – The course features a high number of applied tasks and assessments such as report writing, designing curriculum packs, evaluating services, ensuring that you have all the practical skills you need to go out into the field.
- Highly skilled tutors with strong links in the field – Our tutors are all experienced youth work and community development practitioners and highly skilled researchers. We have links with over 100 youth work organisations across the region and international relationships too. This ensures that your programme is informed by recent practice.
- International placement opportunities – As well as including a globalisation theme, we also offer opportunity to study a semester in Toronto in your level 5 year of study (subject to additional costs).
- Enriched learning - In addition to our experienced tutors, you'll learn from a range of visiting speakers, monthly seminars, annual conferences and termly fieldwork supervisor events
- Fresh research - Our tutors are active researchers, exploring areas such as empowerment and agency, gender and identity in young children and interpersonal violence - which means your studies will be informed by the latest research
- Boost your employability - You'll pick up a range of additional qualifications during your studies, including the Safeguarding Certificate, First Aid Certificate, Mental Health First Aid Lite Certificate and Institute of Leadership and Management Certificate
- These benefits mean that you will graduate with confidence in your ability to work, manage and lead in the children’s workforce across the UK.
Year one - Compulsory modules: Essential University Skills 1, Contemporary Issues and the Media, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Essential University Skills 2, Families, Communities & the Criminal Justice System, Professional Practice in the Community. Year two - Compulsory modules: Perspectives in Human Development, Professional Skills with Children, Young People, Families and Communities, Social and Political Influences on Practice, Play and Creative Development in Diverse Contexts, Cultural and Historical Influences on Children, Young People and Families, An Introduction to Practitioner Research. Year three - Compulsory modules: Researching and Evaluating Practice, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Oppressive Practice (with work based learning), The Internet, Media & Society, Crime and Conflict, Identity, Personality and Social Justice, Innovative Approaches to Working with Children and Families. Year four - Compulsory modules: Extended Professional Practice Report: Dissertation, Enabling Practice and Empowerment for Communities, Outdoor Environments and Experiential Learning, Supporting Health and Wellbeing, Employability, Progression and Leadership.
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.
If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
GCSE English at grade C/4 or above. If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|