BA (Hons)

Children, Schools & Families (Graduate Practitioner)

3 Years
September 2024
Campus Taught

Would you like to work with children, young people, and the services that support them? Our BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families is the course for you.

Why study with us

  • Joint
    in the UK for graduate prospects (on track)
    Complete University Guide (Social Work)
  • 2nd
    in the North West for career prospects
    Guardian University Guide (Social work)
  • 2nd
    in the North West for research quality
    Complete University Guide (Social Work)
  • 5th
    in the UK for teaching on the course
    National Student Survey (Childhood and Youth Studies) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
  • You’ll have the opportunity to complete a Paediatric First Aid certificate and to follow the Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies (ECGPC) route alongside your degree.
  • You'll be taught by an expert team of practicing social workers, researchers, and academic staff who's expertise spans education, social work, sociology, psychology and social policy.
  • A course built around a high number of placement hours to help develop your practical skills and experience base so you can excel in a career focussed around helping supporting children and families.

What you'll do

  • Placements link what you’ve learned with real-world experience of working with children, young people and families.
  • When you arrive, you will be allocated a tutor who will oversee your progress and support you throughout your degree.
  • Alongside compulsory modules, our range of optional modules explores topics such as disability, gender, drugs and social pedagogy.
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Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner

From September 2022, students studying on this course will also be able to work towards attaining a professional practice award that qualifies the student as a Level 6 Graduate Practitioner with Children. The ECGPC meets the statutory requirements for practitioners working with children under 8 years old in early years settings, schools, social care, working within family support.

Module overview

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Year 1

Compulsory modules
  • CI1501: The Social Construction of Childhood
  • SW1600: Introduction to Children's Services and Systems 1
  • SW1602: Transitions in Children and Young People's Lives
  • SW1813: Supporting Well-being and Development
  • SW1826: Introduction to Relational Practice
Optional modules
  • CI1108: Professional Practice in Children's Services 1
  • CI1502: Learning for Work in Children's Services: Introduction

CI1501: The Social Construction of Childhood

In this module you will explore different representations and ideas about the ‘nature’ of childhood. You will examine social institutions and how ideas about childhood feed into ways we work with children. You will explore the role that children themselves take in shaping our understandings of childhood. You will consider childhood as a social phenomenon.

Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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I loved learning about a wide range of issues young people can face. I’ve made some great friends on the course.
Sarah Gaskell from the Skills Hub presenting Dominic's award at the Award Evening
Dominic Hawke
BA (Hons) Children, Schools & Families (Top Up)
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Future careers

Our graduates work across the spectrum of children and young people’s settings, including children’s centres, schools, national charities, nurseries and family and community support.

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Academic expertise

Sarah Tatham
Lecturer Children, Schools and Families
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Sarah is a Lecturer within the School. Lecturing predominantly on the BA(Honours) Children, Schools and Families programme and is a programme leader for the Children, Young People and Families Practitioner apprenticeship

Saima Sharif
Course Leader Foundation Degree Children Young People and their Services; Lecturer BA (Hons) Children Schools and Families
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Saima teaches across the BA (Hon) Children Schools and Families (CSF), her teaching expertise is in the domains of developmental psychology, trauma and approaches to understanding trauma and researching with children and families. Saima also supervises undergraduate and postgrad…

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14,900 per year
Full-time£9,250 per year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

  • Care Leaver Bursary

    Our Care Leaver Bursary is for students who need extra support because they have been in care or are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Care Leaver Bursary
  • Estranged student support

    Estranged Student Support Bursary is for students who need extra support because they are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Estranged student support
  • Dependants Bursary

    Students with financially dependent children may be eligible for our Dependants Bursary as part of our financial support package. 

    Find out more about Dependants Bursary
  • Contextualised Admissions Bursary

    We recognise that the last two years have been very challenging for young people and learning has been impacted. To help support students eligible for a contextualised offer we are offering a bursary of £250 in their first year of study.

    Find out more about Contextualised Admissions Bursary

This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

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