Anglia Ruskin University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Working with Children, Families and Communities [with Foundation Year]

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Course summary

Prepare for a career working with children, families and communities, in settings that combine education, wellbeing and social care. Gain real-world experience and learn how to support children's mental health and wellbeing on our Working with Children, Families and Communities degree in Chelmsford. During your studies you’ll unpick issues of social justice, inclusion, diversity, and equality and understand how to support a diverse range of people. You’ll develop your ability to critically reflect on experiences, as well as a broad and balanced societal view supported by theoretical knowledge and research evidence. The Government’s aspiration is for different services to work together in a more integrated way to support children, young people and their families. Numerous services, from education to social care, can play a part in doing this – and our course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in these areas. By studying BA (Hons) Working with Children, Families and Communities at ARU, you'll develop knowledge and skills in four key areas: education, social work, community support, and research. You’ll learn alongside teaching and social work students, from staff who are qualified practitioners in both these fields. It's important to us that you graduate as a well-rounded individual, so we put in place the support and tools you need to succeed. We’ll give you the opportunities to flourish as an autonomous, active learner; make sure you benefit from ongoing feedback; and offer personalised teaching approaches and resources based on learners' needs, interests, and experiences. Whichever option you choose, we’ll equip you with the knowledge and skills to enter an ever-changing workplace – and really make a difference to the people you work with.


Modules are subject to change and availability. Year 1: Core modules Foundation in Humanities, English, Media, Social Sciences and Education Year 2: Core modules Critical Skills for Higher Education Perspectives on the Child 1: Childhood as a Construct - Physical and Social Development of Children Contemporary Issues in Social Work Safeguarding in Context Year 3: Core modules Studying Research in an Interprofessional Context Perspectives on the Child 2: The Family School and Community Reflective Practice in an Interprofessional Context Ruskin Module Working with Communities: Identifying and Responding to Needs Year 4: Core modules Special Focus Project Perspectives on the Child 3: Inclusion Sustainable Social Work Working with Communities: Community Engagement

Assessment method

Assessments happen in a number of ways and include patchwork text, essays, written reflection and presentations. There are also opportunities for informal (formative assessment) to give you the necessary support and opportunities to be an active learner and to make contributions to our learning community in lectures, seminars or online groups. Your tutors will monitor individual, group and cohort learning in order to personalise teaching approaches so that you learn in the way that is most suited to you.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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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
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2022 International fees are to be confirmed
Working with Children, Families and Communities [with Foundation Year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS