University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Working with Children and Families

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Course summary

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Course Overview This programme 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 professional areas (such as adult and children's social care, youth groups, charities, community organisations, schools, nurseries), or for entry into further postgraduate study e.g. primary and secondary teaching, social work, psychology. This programme makes strong links between theory and practice, and deals 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.  No matter what line of work you eventually choose, whether it's for local authorities or not for profit organisations and charities, you'll have the ability to reach the top of the career ladder. We focus on local, national and global issue which are relevant to people's lives today, such as child development, outdoor learning and play, crime and youth justice, equality and diversity, mental health and physical well-being, the impact of technology on our lives, gender and sexuality.  This breadth of study enables you to keep your career options open across the children's workforce. So, it's the ideal qualification for a range of careers in teaching, health-related professions and in social and youth work. We pride ourselves in understanding the individual skills and needs of each student, to know you as an individual and help you succeed and achieve your goals through a high level of support.  We give you the flexibility to focus on your interests and desired career route. You'll get first-hand know-how through work experience, real-life case studies and practical assessments, giving your CV the edge to stand out of the crowd with employers. Why Choose University of Cumbria

  • 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 creative resources, 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.

Course details


Year one - Compulsory modules: 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 two - 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 three - 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

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points
A level CCC - BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM - DMM
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits M: 30 credits 60 credits overall, 45 graded at level 3
Scottish Higher BBCC - ABBB

GCSE English at C/4 or above

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
International £10500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Working with Children and Families at University of Cumbria - UCAS