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Course summary

*This new practice-focused Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) has been specially developed by the University of Bedfordshire to give you the skills you need to take on this central role improving services for children young people and families. * As a children young people and families manager you are key to ensuring your team - and all other organisations and partnerships involved in supporting a child/young person and their family – are working efficiently together to put in place positive interventions improve lives and achieve lasting change. On this course you develop your theoretical understanding and practical skills through work-based experience in either real or simulated environments working with children young people and families across a range of settings including residential and in the community. You learn to reflect on your experience and practice with a view to improving services for your clients ensuring you qualify with the competence and confidence to work effectively as a manager in this field. What is a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ)? HTQs are a new qualification equivalent to a HND and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. This Level 5 HTQ meets the occupational standards for the sector and after successfully completing the course you have the specific training knowledge and skills required to work in the role of a children young people and families manager. Why choose this course

  • It covers both theory and practice in real and simulated environments allowing you to develop the occupational skills and behaviours you need for the role
  • It allows you to explore the frameworks and approaches that help place services within their social political economic and cultural contexts.
  • It is delivered by the University’s School of Applied Social Sciences which has a strong history of training professionals to work with children youth and families
  • Our external partners – which include voluntary and statutory agencies working in the sector - contribute to the course delivery providing support additional specialist knowledge and experience
  • It is designed and delivered in partnership with local employers and users of the service offering a practice-led and competency–based curriculum built on professional codes of ethical conduct and the statutory guidance on safeguarding children and young people
  • Staff who teach the course are research-active regularly publishing in the areas including step-parenting; fatherhood; school exclusion; sex and relationship education; and youth work. Their research knowledge feeds into your learning
  • You learn a range of transferable skills including problem-solving; decision-making; having professional conversations; and presenting arguments
  • If you are already working within the social care sector the course is an ideal way to upskill and take on more responsibility or to change direction to fill skills shortages and workforce gaps

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.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants without an existing GCSE Grade 4 in English and maths, will be expected to achieve at least Level 2 Functional Skills by the end of course.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


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Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

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Children, Young People and Families Manager at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS