BA (Hons)

Children, Schools & Families (Graduate Practitioner), (Foundation Entry)

4 Years
September 2024
Campus Taught

Foundation Entry degree courses are ideal if you’ve got the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly join an honours programme. You’ll find us personable and approachable – our Children, Schools and Families degree has high levels of student satisfaction.

Why study with us

  • Joint
    in the UK for graduate prospects (on track)
    Complete University Guide (Social Work)
  • 2nd
    in the North West for research quality
    Complete University Guide (Social Work)
  • 2nd
    in the North West for career prospects
    Guardian 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.
  • 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.


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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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 in Children, Schools and Families
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Pat is currently Course Leader for the Children, Schools and Families BA three-year degree and Level 6 Top Up based at UCLan Preston Main Campus. Pat is also responsible for the Children, Schools and Families FdA and BA degree partnerships with Kendal College, Burnley College and…

Sarah Tatham
Course Leader BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families (Graduate Practitioner)
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer within the School. Lecturing predominantly on the BA(Honours) Children, Schools and Families programme. Her expertise is in early childhood and education, with a particular research interest in vulnerable children and families associated with SEND and …

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View the course facilities


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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 Foundation Entry 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

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