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.
Our Social Work provision is ranked 4th in the UK and 2nd in England in the Guardian League Table 2021 (UK universities ranked by subject area: Social work)
Full-time: One year. Part-time available.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
BA (Hons) - Top-up
Preston and Burnley (Campus code: Preston: U, Burnley: A)
You will complete 4 prescribed modules:
You will also be required to select two optional modules from the list provided by the Course Team.
More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students
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:
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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This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.
It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.
BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families, 2018
Laura Masson had worked at Little Ducklings Day Nursery for nine years, working her way up from a supply teacher to a Level Three Early Years Practitioner.
Still wanting to develop her professional career, though, Laura came to UCLan. Before long, she had secured a promotion. She said: “Coming to the end of my degree, I applied for Deputy Manager at the nursery which is a shared role and I got the job!”
This course is based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
| 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.
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.