BA (Hons)

Children, Schools & Families (Graduate Practitioner)

3 years
September 2024

Would you like to work with children and families, 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 Level 3 Paediatric First Aid certificate.
  • You'll be taught by an expert team of practice based academic staff and researchers. Their expertise spans education, early years, youth work, social care, family support and health.
  • The course is built around a minimum of 560 assessed placement hours. This will develop your professional practice expertise, so that you can excel in a career focused on supporting children and families.

What you'll do

  • Professional placements will embed what you have learned in the classroom to real-world experience.
  • You will attend campus two days per week, plus one day on professional placement.
  • Learn about children and childhood, safeguarding and legislation, trauma informed practices and disability and inclusive practice.

Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner

From September 2022, studying this course works towards attaining the Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies (ECGP). The ECGP Competencies meets the requirements of the Department for Education.


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 families settings, including children’s centres, schools, national charities, nurseries and family and community support.

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Academic expertise

Sarah Tatham
Senior Lecturer
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer, lecturing predominantly on the BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families for which she is Course Leader. Her expertise is in early childhood and education, with a particular research interest in vulnerable children and families associated with SEND and…

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£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.

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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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