BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families

The BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families course provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work with children and families in a range of settings. Course content examines issues which influence the lives of children and families in today’s society. Multi-agency working and an understanding of the role of professionals from early years, education and social work will be explored.

You will consider a range of services, systems, policies and work practices which support children and families. A key feature of the Working with Children and Families course will be regular work placements, which, along with your academic studies will allow you to integrate theory, policy and practice, preparing you for a range of exciting career opportunities. The need to develop a highly employable workforce which supports children’s services underpins the ethos of this course.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
C4N7 Full-time 3 Years September Newport City C
UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
C4N7 Full-time 3 Years September Newport City C

Your studies will examine the well-being of children and their families through collaborative approaches. Throughout this course you will study key debates which reflect upon theories of child development and childhood. You will consider how policy and research inform decisions about educational and social care practices which shape the experiences of children from birth through to adolescence.

You will study a variety of different modules which will help you tailor the course to meet your employability goals. Modules will focus on health and wellbeing, curriculum, safeguarding, behaviour management as well as leading and managing approaches. You will explore policy and practice with children and families in the UK and internationally.

Attending work placements are a key aspect of your learning experience. These regular placements will be in a range of educational and social care settings so you can develop the skills required for working effectively with children and families.

As well as developing your knowledge and skills via regular work placements, you will also study professional practice modules which will support your practice in a range of education and social care settings. You can also boost your knowledge and skills by taking part in extra courses such as Safeguarding Children (Level 1), First Aid and the British Dyslexia Association ALSA qualification.

Teaching

You will learn through a combination of work based learning, placements, lectures, seminars, workshops, external visits, directed study and independent study.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, case studies, project reports, in-class exercises, online tests, posters, preparing resources and presentations.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Enhanced DBS check required. Please note, if you are looking to enter the teaching profession after completing this course, the GCSE requirements for teacher training may differ to that of this course. You are therefore advised to check with the appropriate teacher training provider whether you meet their requirements.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Funding

The Helen Kegie Bursary is aimed at students aiming to study within the subject areas of Social Work, Youth Work or Early Years, who have a permanent postal address with a CF or NP postcode and come from a low-income background. See more information about the Helen Kegie Bursary.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Career paths typically include opportunities to work in schools, children’s charities, integrated children’s centres, and social care settings.

Additionally graduates may select to progress onto postgraduate studies in education (PGCE) or social work.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.