Working with Children and Families (Top up) at University of Cumbria - UCAS

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Course summary

You want to support and improve the lives of children, young people and their families. This top-up course is designed to develop your knowledge in child development, law, ethics, safeguarding and the debate around the contemporary issues of challenges for children. The knowledge and skills you'll develop will boost your qualifications to degree level and start you on the career path to becoming a leader in your community and making a difference in people’s lives. Course overview Learn from industry-expert tutors alongside lectures, seminars, interactive quizzes, creative work, field trips, case studies and more, giving you the skills you need to go into your chosen field. Practical work experience will integrate theoretical understanding into real-life scenarios. You’ll complete additional qualifications during your studies, including a Safeguarding Certificate, helping to boost your employability. You'll benefit from our strong links with the local community and employers, this degree is rooted in real-world practice. You will work with children and families in a variety of settings including early years education, social care, sport and community, and the criminal justice system. Due to the wide range of progression routes and options upon graduation, we’ve created a bespoke module where you can review and plan your career options. On this course you will

  • Take part in learning which celebrates and links to your real-life experiences brought from previous work, volunteering, caring responsibilities or education.
  • Complete work experience to boost your employability and learn from tutors with wide-ranging professional and research backgrounds.
  • Become part of a learning community of people who want to make a difference, to make the world a fairer place and change things for the better.
  • You'll be taught by a friendly team who get to know you as individuals and support you every step of the way.
  • Benefit from our connection with over 100 youth work organisations across the region and the world. Ensuring up to date practice and graduate opportunities.
What you will learn This programme is suitable for anyone looking to top up from a FdA or HND (level 5) in a relevant subject who aims to work with children and young people and families. You will develop the knowledge and skills you need for a career across a range of professional areas, or entry into further postgraduate study. The programme has many distinguishing features including an emphasis on interdisciplinary working; employability; internationalisation; research skills and social justice. You will get an excellent introduction to the wider children’s workforce, the types of work within it and career routes that lie ahead. This keeps your career options open throughout the degree. You will gain a firm understanding of human development, issues of social justice, interdisciplinary professional practice and global perspectives. Year One
  • Extended Professional Practice Report: Dissertation
  • Enabling Practice and Empowerment for Communities
  • Outdoor Environments and Experiential Learning
  • Supporting Health and Wellbeing
  • Employability, Progression and Leadership


Year one: 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 codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma or Diploma in Higher Education in a relevant subject. English Language GCSE grade C/4 or above

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Student Outcomes

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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 £13250 Year 1

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Working with Children and Families (Top up) at University of Cumbria - UCAS