Birmingham City University

Working with Children, Young People & Families with Foundation Year Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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We're ranked 3rd in the UK for our undergraduate Education programmes, including BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families (Guardian League Tables 2020)

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses, not just one particular BA degree.
So although you apply to study a BA in a specific course – in this case BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category Society, Childhood and Education; it allows you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best. You will be assessed for progression on to your second year, which would be the first year of your BA-level degree.

At its heart, our BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families programme has the rights of children and young people, and a commitment to social justice are at the centre of what we believe, teach and research. We will provide you with a range of teaching and learning experiences to build on your existing skills and motivation so that you can contribute to a changing society, particularly with services who work with, or for, vulnerable children, young people and their families.

With a focus on personal, as well as professional development, our degree will engage you in understand the complexities of working with children young people and their families, in theory and in practice. We want to support you so that you can develop to become effective agents of change, making a difference to vulnerable children and young people, and providing family support.

Studying at our recently-extended, state-of-the-art £71 million City South Campus, you will have access to excellent facilities to enhance your understanding and knowledge.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code L59F
Institution code B25
Campus name City South Campus, Edgbaston
Campus code E

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points
A level CDD Two A levels can be combined with up to two AS levels, A levels can be combined with BTEC and OCR Level 3 qualifications up to a maximum of four A level equivalent qualifications totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Preferably in a relevant subject
Access to HE Diploma Pass including a minimum of 18 credits with merits or distinctions Preferably in a relevant subject

GCSE English language and mathematics at 4 or above also required
Scottish Higher CCCD Can be combined with Scottish Advanced Highers to obtain 80 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of four subjects.
AS In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least two full A levels totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
Extended Project Only in combination with other qualifications
In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least two full A levels totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 4 subjects at grade 4 or above English language, maths and two further subjects
GCSE English language or mathematics equivalence available via www.equivalencytesting.com
HNC (BTEC) At tutor's discretion
HND (BTEC) At tutor's discretion
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points " 24 points from the IB overall

Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates. A combination of GCSEs, A-levels and IB certificates will be considered on a case by case basis
For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted. For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR English Language Group B Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Any combination of results including five passes at Higher level totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) C or above English language, maths and two further subjects
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Only in combination with other qualifications
In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least one full A level totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DM Preferably in a relevant subject
Can be combined with A levels, AS levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications up to a maximum of four A level equivalent qualifications totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP Preferably in a relevant subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Only in combination with other qualifications
In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least one full A level totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Only in combination with other qualifications
In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least one full A level totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Only in combination with other qualifications
In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least two full A levels totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM Can be combined with A levels, AS levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications up to a maximum of four A level equivalent qualifications totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
Preferably in a relevant subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Only in combination with other qualifications
In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least one full A level totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Only in combination with other qualifications
In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least one full A level totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points.

More about foundation year programmes

By studying a foundation year in either Health and Life Sciences, Children, Childhood and Education or Sport and Exercise Science, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc or BA degree.

So although you are studying a BA or BSc in a specific course – for example, Children’s Nursing, Health Studies, Midwifery among many of possible options – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about foundation year categories (Health and Life Sciences, Childhood and Education or Sport and Exercise Science), allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

Important Note:

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/working-with-children-young-people-families-ba-hons-2019-20

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 No less than 5.5 in any band

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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