If you’d like to work with children, young people and the services that support them, this course draws on subject areas including education, sociology, psychology, social policy and social work to give you a solid grounding for your career. 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. You’ll carry out observational visits and work shadowing activities alongside the academic side of your degree, integrating theory, policy and practice so that you are well prepared for a rewarding career.
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: Three years, Part-time: Six years.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
Preston and Burnley (Campus code: Preston: U, Burnley: A)
We offer a range of optional modules that explore topics such as disability, gender, drugs and social pedagogy. The level 4 consists of a broad-based introduction to a number of important topic areas. You will be required to complete the following 6 compulsory modules:
If you complete all these modules successfully you will be able to progress to the next year of the course or, if you do not wish to continue you will be eligible for the award of a Certificate in Higher Education (Children, Schools & Families).
At level 5 you will be required to complete 5 compulsory modules:
If you complete all these modules successfully you will be able to progress to the next year of the course or, if you do not wish to continue you will be eligible for the award of a Diploma in Higher Education (Children, Schools & Families).
At level 6 you will be required to complete 4 prescribed modules:
Part-time students will follow the same programme in terms of required and optional modules, but do so over an extended period of time, typically between 4 and 6 years.
Please note that modules are reviewed annually and may therefore vary, in content or availability, from those listed.
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
Our typical offer is 104 - 112 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction - Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent
Students who hold a UCLan Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services can join the degree in Year 3. Other Foundation Degrees may be considered if they are relevant and comparable.
The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.Discover More
If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degreeFoundation Entry Route
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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!”
BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families, 2017
The BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families graduate was voted into the role in March 2019 by UCLan students after two weeks of campaigning and started in her new position in July 2019.
The SU President is responsible for overseeing all of the things that are related to the Union’s governance and democratic processes, from chairing the Board of Trustees, to acting as the spokesperson of the Union.
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.