BA (Hons) Top-up

Children, Schools & Families (Graduate Practitioner) (Top-up)

1 Year
September 2024
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Our Children, Schools and Families (Top-Up) course builds on your existing experience in child-based education to help you develop a career working with children, families and the services that support them.

Why study with us

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  • 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. This ensures the degree is 'full and relevant.' Students who achieve the nine competencies and pass an assessed practice can be included in Level 3 EYFS ratios.

Students will meet the nine competencies through a combination of assessed observations during their 80 days/510 hours of practice, work-based tasks and academic assessment.


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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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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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.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per 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

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