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BA (Hons)

Children, Schools & Families (Graduate Practitioner), (with Foundation Year)

4 years
September 2024

On this Chilren, Schools & Families with Foundation Year course you'll study subjects to give you a solid grounding for your future career. You'll learn about education, sociology, psychology, social policy and social work.

Why study with us

  • 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.
  • Engage in interactive lectures and seminars, with two full days per week taking place in-person on campus, 100% face-to-face.
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Students enjoying a lesson
Students enjoying a lesson

What you'll do

  • We’re committed to giving you excellent support. From the start, you’ll be allocated a tutor who’ll oversee your progress and be there to help you.
  • Placements link what you’ve learned with real-world experience of working with children, young people and families.
  • Alongside compulsory modules, you can explore topics such as disability, gender, drugs and social pedagogy through our range of optional modules.
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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.


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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Meet the team

The Children, Schools and Families team span a range of disciplines and you’ll benefit from academic expertise informed by research and practice.

Pat Norris
Senior Lecturer
Sarah Tatham
Senior Lecturer
Fiona Routh
Gail Frampton
Senior Lecturer
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Hear from our students

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 Children, Schools and Families with Foundation Year degree is a great first step towards a career working with children, young people and the services that support them.

Fees and funding

First year£9,250 for the first year
Full-time£9,250 per year
First year£16,400 for the first year
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

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at the University of Central Lancashire on our student contract page