University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton

Working with Children, Young People and Families

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Course summary

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the lives and experiences of children, young people and their families through academic study and work-based learning with our ‘Working with children, young people and families’ degree. Driven by values of inclusion, empowerment and social justice, this exciting degree supports your academic and professional development to enhance your skills and career prospects so that you can make a positive impact for children, young people and families. You will explore a range of topics and key issues, including poverty, mental health, youth offending, safeguarding and anti-discriminatory practice. The degree in Working with Children, Young People and Families has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: SDG3 Good Health and Wellbeing and SDG4 Quality Education. This course produces graduates who can address gaps in provision and improve the services available to children, young people, their families and the wider community. Our staff (and external visitors) are experienced in the fields of childhood and youth studies, health, law, therapy, education, business and social care. Your studies cover the whole spectrum of working with children, young people and families. *By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop** to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
The Northampton Employment Promise In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study. ✱ eligibility criteria and terms and conditions apply. See for more information


STAGE 1 • Children, Young People, Their Rights And The Law (Compulsory) • Promoting Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing (Compulsory) • Introduction to Childhood and Youth (Compulsory) • Work Based Learning in Children and Young People’s Services (Compulsory) • Development, Health and Learning (Compulsory) • Development, Health and Learning: Working Together (Compulsory) STAGE 2 • Young People and Society Part 1 (SEN and Inclusion) (Compulsory) • Transitions for Children, Young People and Families (Compulsory) • Research Methods (Childhood and Youth and Education) (Compulsory) • Effective Intervention, Safeguarding and Integrated Working in Children and Young People's Services (Compulsory) • Work Based Learning in Children and Young People’s Services (Compulsory) • Young People and Society Part 2 (Diversity and Pluralism) (Designated) • Learning Through Educational Visits and Exchanges (Designated) STAGE 3 • Children and Young People Dissertation/Work Based Sythesis (Compulsory) • Work Based Learning in Children and Young People's Services (Compulsory) • Innovation Leadership and Management (Compulsory) • Empowering, Creative and Therapeutic Approaches to Working with Children and Young People (Compulsory) • Social Justice and Equality (Compulsory) Module information is quoted for 22/23 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment method

There are no exams on this degree. Instead, you will be assessed through a range of methods including essays, reports, case studies, presentations, practical projects and reflective tasks.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is available to international students.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All candidates are expected to have GCSE English Language & Maths Grade C or equivalent, however tutor may consider applicants without these

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
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

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