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Course summary

Course Overview

  • Our Children, Schools and Families (Top-Up) course builds on your existing experience in child-based education to help you develop a career working with children, young people and the services that support them.
  • This course draws on subject areas including education, sociology, psychology, social policy and social work to give you a solid grounding in your career.
  • You’ll complete compulsory modules which examine multi-professional and international perspectives on children’s lives, examining the services, systems, policies and work practices that relate to children and young people in schools, with families and in care settings.
  • You’ll also complete a work placement as part of your degree. This involves taught sessions which allow you to get a better understanding of how policy translates into practice and how you can make a positive difference to people’s lives.
Why study with us
  • A great opportunity to top-up your foundation degree to get a full honours degree in Children, Schools and Families.
  • Our Social Work provision is ranked 4th in the UK and 2nd in England in the Guardian League Table 2021.
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Children, Schools and Families (Top Up) is ranked 2nd in the UK with 85% of students satisfied with the quality of feedback and assessment (Guardian University Guide 2021).
Further Information Children, Schools and Families course if you meet one of these requirements:
  • Applicants who hold a University of Central Lancashire Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services will be admitted with advanced standing up to 240 credits (directly into Year 3)
  • Applicants who hold a Foundation Degree in a relevant discipline awarded by other higher education institutions will be considered positively
  • We also give consideration to non-traditional qualifications and relevant work experience. We encourage applicants to produce evidence of their potential to benefit from the course.
  • If you believe you may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) for certain modules then we’ll take this into consideration on an individual basis.
  • On this course you’ll benefit from our Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership (CVCL) which enables you to get involved in projects which make a positive difference to people’s lives. They offer a range of volunteering projects in the UK and Internationally so you’re bound to find something that inspires you.


You will complete 4 prescribed modules including: A Dissertation, Children’s Services and Systems 3 (Multi professional Working in Children’s Services), International Perspectives on Children’s Lives, Learning From Work in Children’s Services. You will also be required to select two optional modules from the list provided by the Course Team.

How to apply

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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

Pass Foundation Degree or HND in a relevant subject, eg Children Young People and their Services, or Early Years.

Additional entry requirements


A Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland) is required for this course

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

Unistats information

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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

Additional fee information

*subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
Children, Schools and Families (Graduate Practitioner) (Top-Up) at University of Central Lancashire - UCAS