BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families

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.

 

UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
C4N7 Full-time 3 Years September Newport City C
UCAS Code Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
C4N7 Full-time 3 Years September Newport City C

Throughout the Working with Children and Families course, you’ll study key debates on theories of child development and childhood. You’ll 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 integrated work experience, you’ll have further opportunities to improve your knowledge and skills. These include additional courses such as first aid, and a Safeguarding Children qualification (Level 1).

Year One: Working with Children and Families Degree

  • Developing the Professional and Personal Self (40 credits)
  • Health, Well-being and Development (40 credits)
  • Understanding Childhood, Family and Society (20 credits)
  • 21st Century Learning (20 credits)

Year Two: Working with Children and Families Degree

  • Applied Practice 1 (40 credits)
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People (20 credits)
  • Inclusion, Equality and Diversity (20 credits)
  • Researching with Children and Young People (20 credits)
  • Children, Families and the Law (20 credits)

Year Three: Working with Children and Families Degree

  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Applied Practice 2 (40 credits)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health (20 credits)
  • Leading, Managing and Collaboration (20 credits)

 

Teaching

You will learn through a combination of work based learning, placements, lectures, seminars, workshops, external visits, directed study and independent study.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, case studies, project reports, in-class exercises, online tests, posters, preparing resources and presentations.

Placements

A work placement is a key feature of the Working with Children and Families degree.

Facilities

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.

Lecturers

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.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

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).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

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)

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

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.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University  requires 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Mathematics and English Language, or their equivalent.

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.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

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.

Funding

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.

UK and EU students

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

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

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Admissions statement

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.

Our Careers and Employability Service

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.