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.
UCLan’s Social Work provision was ranked 5th in the UK in the Guardian 2020 University Guide
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)
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
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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.
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.
You will complete 4 prescribed modules:
You will also be required to select two optional modules from the list provided by the Course Team.
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!”
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
| 2019 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 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
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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.