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 the opportunity for placements in a range of settings 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.
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. Social Pedagogy underpins the course, the philosophy as well as the standards helps students to understand expectations in their studies and within their practice; so that head and heart are working collaboratively.
You will study a variety of different modules to help you meet your employability goals. Modules will focus on health, wellbeing and child development, how children learn, safeguarding, equality and diversity, leading and managing approaches, as well as carrying out a research project. You will also explore policy and practice as well as child and family law.
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 work placements, you will study modules to prepare yourself for practice and to develop the skills that will be required in a range of roles. 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.
You will learn through a combination of work based learning, placements, lectures, seminars, workshops, external visits, directed study and independent study.
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.
BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
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).
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)
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.
This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.
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.
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.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one 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.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
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.
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.