The Working with Children and Families course provides the knowledge and skills you need to work with children and families in a range of settings.
You’ll examine issues that influence the lives and well-being of children and families in today’s society. Your studies will cover a range of services, systems, policies and work practices that support children and families. To reflect the reality of the workplace, you’ll explore multi- agency working and understand the roles of diﬀerent professionals in early years, education and social work.
A key feature of the Working with Children and Families course is attending a work placement. Alongside your academic studies, this allows you to see how theory, policy and practice relate to each other, and will prepare you for a range of career opportunities.
Career paths usually include work in schools, children’s charities, integrated children’s centres, and social care settings, as well as postgraduate study in education or social work.
Throughout the Working with Children and Families course; you will study key debates on theories of child development and childhood, which will reflect the changing agenda in this sector. You will explore children’s rights and how these are incorporated into policy and practice in England and Wales, as well as international perspectives and the fundamentals of social pedagogy.
Your studies will help you understand the role of professionals in safeguarding children and young people, as well as equality and diversity, and services that support children and families. You will also develop an understanding of leadership and collaborative approaches in theory and practice, as well as having a chance to research in an area of interest.
You will also have the chance to develop your professional skills through teaching and work placements, which will allow you the opportunity to focus on your future career choice and develop your understanding of a range of contexts.
As well as integrated work experience, you will have further opportunities to improve your knowledge and skills. These include additional opportunities to complete First Aid and Safeguarding qualifications.
You will learn through a combination of work based learning, placements, lectures, seminars, workshops, external visits, directed study and independent study. The module teaching seeks to support the professional, work based aspect of the course and teaching frequently includes group work, resource creation, as well as case study work to support application into practice.
You will be assessed through a combination of essays, case studies, project reports, in-class exercises, online tests, posters, preparing resources and presentations. Assessments aim to provide you with skills you can apply in practice alongside key academic skills.
Work placements are a key feature of the Working with Children and Families degree. You will begin your placements in year one and continue these throughout the degree, becoming longer and more involved as you progress. The placements allow you the opportunity to tailor your experiences to support your future career plans by giving you the choice to experience a diverse range of services or to follow a specific route. These experiences will give you first-hand experiences in the world of work, boosting your CV and developing key networks within the sector.
Newport City is a modern campus with up to date classrooms and facilities, which include access to a range of computer and IT resources, as well as an extensive library service. Learning resources include iPads and a wide selection of storybooks and toys. There is also access to outdoor spaces as well as an outdoor learning resource area.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
Enhanced DBS check required. Please note, if you are looking to enter the teaching profession after completing this course, the GCSE requirements for teacher training may differ to that of this course. You are therefore advised to check with the appropriate teacher training provider whether you meet their requirements.
BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.
This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.
International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
The Helen Kegie Bursary is aimed at students aiming to study within the subject areas of Social Work, Youth Work or Early Years, who have a permanent postal address with a CF or NP postcode and come from a low-income background. See more information about the Helen Kegie Bursary.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Career paths typically include opportunities to work in schools, children’s charities, integrated children’s centres, and social care settings. Additionally graduates may select to progress onto postgraduate studies in education (PGCE) or social work.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.