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Course summary

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.** Course summary:

  • Develop a career working with children and young people from 0-19.
  • Select modules that reflect your specific interests and career aims.
  • Complete placements each year – and even a placement year.
  • Learn from experts in social work, healthcare, teaching, playwork, psychology and research with children and young people.
This course introduces you to contemporary research in childhood and youth, including diverse experiences in educational, community and family contexts. You’ll prepare for highly skilled careers – such as teaching and mentoring, working with children with special educational needs and alternative provision, playwork and play therapy, pastoral support and children’s social care and social work. How you learn: All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. The teaching on this course emphasises experiential learning and real-life problem solving – helping you to make the links between academic study and future employment. Key areas include children and young people's mental and physical health and wellbeing, the experience of difference, safeguarding and protection, development and education, children’s rights, relationships with peers and community participation. You learn through:
  • self-managed learning tasks
  • group work learning tasks
  • lectures and mini-lectures within seminars
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • placement tasks and reflections
  • student colleagues feedback and evaluation of individual and joint tasks
  • work placements
  • Applied learning
  • Work placements
The course reflects the most current developments in research and practice with children and young people – embedding these into taught modules and work-based learning. You’ll focus on promoting positive mental health in children, trauma-informed approaches to working with children, the benefits of outdoor play, and children’s participation and online safety in digital worlds.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. Year 1 - Compulsory modules: Child Focussed Curriculum Child Public Health Early Experiences And The Developing Brain Researching Childhood The Story Of Childhood And Adolescence The Value Of Play Year 2 - Compulsory modules: Children And Young People's Development Developing Your Personal And Professional Identity Safeguarding And Promoting Wellbeing Undertaking Research Elective modules: Childhood And Loss Children And Young People With Medical Needs Exploring Second Language Learning Forest Schools Foundation Studies In Tesol School And The Curriculum Working With Emotional Intelligence Working With Multi-Lingual Children Year 3 - Optional modules Placement Year Final year - Compulsory modules: Digital Childhoods Improving Children And Young Peoples Health Research Project Rights, Participation And Social Justice Elective modules Autism: Challenging Ideas Of Challenging Behaviour Tesol Classroom Teaching And Reflection Therapeutic Approaches With Children And Young People Understanding Looked After Children

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Grade B from CACHE Diploma Level 3, for example in Childcare and Education or Health and Social Care. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


You must fully declare the following information on the application form during the admissions process: unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website. involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations It would support your application if you have had experience of working/supporting children in school or informal settings on a paid or voluntary basis, however this is not essential Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check you will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge. you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) as part of the DBS application process if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining an overseas criminal record check. where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Academic Administration Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate. Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills, or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

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