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

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

School of Social Work, Care and Community




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    L591; Short form: BA/CFS3

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

Why study this course?

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.  

Entry Requirements 2016/17

Relevant Foundation Degree. Applicants can progress from Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services.

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 at a Glance

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.

Further Information

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.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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.


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.

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