Children Schools and Families

Children Schools and Families BA (Hons) - Top-up

This course builds on your existing child-based education to help you develop a career working with children, young people and the services that support them. The course draws on subject areas including education, sociology, psychology, social policy and social work. During your Top Up Course, you’ll examine the services, systems, policies and work practices that relate to children and young people in schools, with families and in care settings. If you don’t already work with children, you’ll spend twelve days in placement to link what you’ve learned with the real world of working in children’s services.  

National Student Survey 2017
Social Work at UCLan - 91.9% satisfaction for providing opportunities for students to apply what they have learnt.

The course combines, theory, policy and practice. You will analyse some of the challenges associated with multi-professional working and critically evaluate the contemporary drivers for service integration across the children’s workforce.

As a team, we’re committed to offering excellent student support. When you arrive, you’ll be allocated a tutor who’ll oversee your progress and support you throughout your degree. We’re a personable and approachable team who want you to get the most out of studying with us. 


Having led quite a sheltered life this course made me sit up and take notice of society as a whole and I will never take anything for granted without questioning the reasoning behind it – it was definitely 'life changing'!


You will complete compulsory modules examining multi professional working and international perspectives on children’s lives. You will also take a work placement module and complete a dissertation. Students take two optional modules from a range of modules. Topics include: gender and society; working with children, families and young people; mental health; learning disabilities; the education of vulnerable young people; sociology of childhood.

You will complete one compulsory work placement as part of your degree. This equates to 12 days (or 84 hours) of work placement activity. All students complete a work placement module. If you are not already in employment, you will undertake a work placement in a relevant setting. Importantly, this module involves taught sessions which allow you to assess how policy translates into practice and to reflect on the role of the practitioner as a change agent.

We have excellent inks with a range of placement contacts including primary and secondary schools, youth offending teams, children’s residential care homes, children’s advocacy services, domestic violence centres, early years settings, pupil referral units and family support services.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year. Part-time available.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Relevant Foundation Degree. Applicants can progress from Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services. The following students may gain direct-access onto the final year of BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families:

  • Applicants who hold a UCLan Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services will be admitted with advanced standing up to 240 credits (directly into Year 3).
  • Applicants who hold a Foundation Degree in a relevant discipline awarded by other higher education institutions will be considered positively.

Consideration will also be given to non-traditional qualifications and relevant work experience. applicants are encouraged to produce evidence of their potential to benefit from the course. Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.

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Course Overview

You will complete 4 prescribed modules:

  • A Dissertation
  • Children’s Services and Systems 3 (Multi professional Working in Children’s Services)
  • International Perspectives on Children’s Lives
  • Learning From Work in Children’s Services

You will also be required to select two optional modules from the list provided by the Course Team.

Learning Environment

The timetable for this course is designed to offer you the opportunity to attend classes on campus for one working day. You will learn through a combination of teaching, group debate and discussion, practical experience and independent research. Lectures are supported by audio-visual and web-based materials are used to provide essential information, guidance for further work and a framework and stimulus for learning and independent study. Group activities, workshops, discussions and interactions facilitate the development of interpersonal skills and peer support and learning, and are used to stimulate the application and sharing of information, ideas, values and experience and develop problem solving skills. Field observations and student-initiated placements are used to develop ability in applying and integrating theoretical knowledge to practice and enhance overall employability. The course utilizes a variety of assessment methods including essays, project work and a final-year dissertation.

Excellent Opportunities

Our graduates are working in a range of settings including children’s centres, schools, nurseries and family and community support. They are working as family support workers, learning mentors, child minders, nursery managers, youth workers, social workers and teachers.

Some have also gone on to further study for a Master’s degree.On campus, you can progress onto further study such as the MA Social Work and the MA in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People. Off campus, students can progress to external teacher training courses relating to Early Years and primary schools.

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.