Children and Integrated Professional Care - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 years)
September 2016, September 2017

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This course provides expert tuition for those looking to pursue a career working with children as part of an integrated professional team. Each of the four specialities studied on this course – education, health, law and social care – is well established at Birmingham City University.

What's covered in the course?

The course is based on the requirements of the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the children’s workforce (CWDC 2010), and is reflective of current policy initiatives. It also incorporates recent and relevant legislation affecting children, young people and their families within education, law, health and social care.

First year modules cover themes such as child development and education, inclusive practice, the English legal system, family law and children in need. You then go on to explore issues such as working with families to safeguard children, schools and communities, the National Service Framework, child protection, and looked after children.

In your final year you study core modules that include Work-based Reflective Study and Contemporary Issues and select from optional modules. The final year also includes a block placement of approximately five weeks in a setting appropriate to one of the study themes and involves working with children, young people and their families.

“The course has helped build my knowledge about children and health, law, education and social skills. It has also helped to build my confidence in working with others and delivering presentations.“
Kerry Mobbs

Why Choose Us?

  • This course meets the requirements of The Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the children’s workforce (CWDC 2010).
  • This course is one of only a few courses of its kind in UK higher education; no other award offers the same combination of subject areas.
  • We offer various opportunities to engage with professional practice in the areas of children and education; children and health; children and social care; and child and family law.
  • You can see how theory is applied in practical situations via a work experience placement.
  • Modules are taught by tutors with a broad range of expertise and experience. There is also engagement with professionals from different fields.
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Please note: we are currently reviewing our entire course provision for 2017/18. Details will be included in your registration email.

This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Ashram Community Housing Association
  • Birmingham City Council

And in jobs such as:

  • Inclusion/Portage Worker
  • Parental Advisor

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, at the point of enrolment. These must include English language and mathematics. If you do not already have the required GCSEs, including English language and mathematics, or their equivalent for entry onto this course, and are not registered to take them, visit Equivalency Testing for further information.

240 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level 240 UCAS points = CCC
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass with minimum 18 Merits/Distinctions at Level 3, also including GCSE English Language and Maths equivalence if not hold separately.
BTEC Diploma (12-units) DD
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units) MMM
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units) Accepted in combination with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 240 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma 24 points
Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum 240 UCAS tariff points
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Minimum 240 UCAS tariff points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Accepted in combination with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 240 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Please note we will make offers on the following qualifications:

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF)

Please note we will not make offers on the following qualification:

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF)
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2016/17
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 24 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.


International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Those intending to apply for the PGCE Early Years or Primary course in the future as a route into teaching will need to have GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent) in English language, maths and a science subject.

Successful candidates will be required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance via the Faculty.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2016/17 year, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

280 tariff points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
be predicted DMM profile at BTEC level

Learn more about unconditional offers >>

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Course Structure

Children’s services are changing and those preparing to become a professional in this area need to equip themselves with the relevant knowledge and skills to work as part of an effective, integrated team.

The three-year, full-time programme will enable students to:

  • develop an understanding of the working practices of children’s services across the four strands of study;
  • develop a sound understanding of the rights and entitlements of children and young people;
  • study legislation, policies and integrated practice relating to children’s services;
  • understand the roles, rights and responsibilities of those working with children and young people;
  • engage with professional practice in children’s services across the four strands of study;
  • work within teams in order to demonstrate teamwork, initiative and leadership;
  • develop your critical and analytical thinking skills to become an independent, reflective learner;
  • communicate effectively in written and spoken English.

Course breakdown

Year one

Child Development and Managing Transitions
30 credits
Children and Education
15 credits
Inclusive Practice
15 credits
English Law and the Legal System
15 credits
Family Law
15 credits
Health of the Child and Young Person
15 credits
Children in Need
15 credits

Year two

Working with Families to Safeguard Children
30 credits
Schools and Communities
15 credits
Children and the Law
15 credits
The National Service Framework
15 credits
The Diversity of Healthcare Needs
15 credits
Child Protection
15 credits
Looked After Children
15 credits

Year three

Other optional module may be available.

Work Based Reflective Study (core module)
60 credits
Contemporary Issues (core module)
15 credits
Perceptions of Childhood and Youth (optional module)
15 credits
Youth Crime (optional module)
15 credits
Introduction to Common Childhood Conditions (optional module)
15 credits
Social Work Skills (optional module)
15 credits

Teaching breakdown

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57 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
5 Time on placement LightSkyBlue

Assessment breakdown

4 Written exams DarkOrange
88 Coursework FireBrick
8 Practical exams #fece5a

Student stories: Alex Gunning

Children and Integrated Professional Care student Alex Gunning shares with us why he chose to study at Birmingham City University and how the broadness of the course has benefitted him and kept his career options open for the future.

Student stories: Kerry Mobbs

After studying childcare for three years at college, I knew I wanted to further my knowledge in order to pursue a career with children but was unsure about which area I wanted to work in. The course looked interesting and varied and I felt it would help in me making my decision.

I enjoyed gaining knowledge from lecturers who were professionals in a variety of careers and were teaching about their specialism. I really enjoyed my five week placement at a SEN (Special Educational Needs) school in the third year, which really helped me as I was able to put into practice the theory that I had been learning about during my degree.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

This course provides an appropriate qualification for entry to postgraduate routes for further study in each of the four strands.

Graduates could study for professional qualifications in law, social work, nursing and primary school teaching, provided the entry requirements for these courses are satisfied.

Our Master’s programmes might also be an appropriate route.

Student stories: Katie Thurlow

The course I chose is pretty much one of a kind; it’s rare to find something that interests you from all angles. I like that there are a huge amount of career opportunities that could come after completing this degree. I know I want to work with children; I’m just not sure which aspect interests me most. The idea of the course is that, in order to successfully safeguard and promote children’s wellbeing, the care sectors need to work together and communicate.

Employment Opportunities

This course allows you to progress your career within the children's workforce in areas such as education, youth and community projects, health and social care and youth justice in local authorities and the private and voluntary sectors.

Previous students have achieved positions in Education Welfare as Attendance Officers, Family Support Workers in Children's Centres, Teaching Assistants in special schools/colleges and as project managers for Childrens Services.


The first two years of the course do not involve placements, but there will be opportunities for engagement with professional practice through visits and guest speakers.

In the third year of the course, students will undertake the compulsory 60 credit Level 6 module, entitled Work-Based Reflective Study. This will involve a block placement of approximately five weeks relating to one of the four strands of study.

More about our placement opportunities...


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The School of Education boasts some of the best teaching and learning facilities in the country. As part of your training you will have access to our specially developed replica classrooms with interactive whiteboards, enabling you to experience the classroom environment.

Science education facilities

Our laboratory and Science Education Learning Room have been newly built for the start of the 2015/16 academic year. The Science Education Lab will enable trainees to encounter and explore the latest Science Education pedagogies, and together with the Science Learning Room will facilitate trainees’ transition from “subject expert” to “expert subject teacher”. Trainees will work in a fully hands-on way with the core science education materials to develop excellent subject and pedagogic knowledge - the twin attributes of the outstanding teacher.


City North is a big, bustling campus, three miles north of Birmingham city centre. It's easy to get to and offers on-site parking. Located 5 minutes from Perry Barr train station, City North Campus is also ideally positioned along major bus routes.

The School of Education will be moving to City South Campus in Edgbaston during the 2017/18 academic year.

Virtual School

One of the most exciting innovations in recent years for our trainee teachers and students is our virtual school. You can encounter a range of real-life situations within a simulated environment, that teachers are often confronted with.

Visit our Virtual School


All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.

  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Education
  • Music
  • Drama

IT Support

Each student has a personal computer user name and server space Specific software for use by teachers and for use in classrooms.

Other items available include:

  • Training and training notes
  • Students can borrow cameras, LCD projector
  • Specialist technician support
  • Dedicated research base for postgraduate research students

Art and Design Department

There are fully equipped art studios suitable for 3D construction, printmaking, drawing and mixed-media. For textile and ceramics specialists, there are sewing machines and facilities for batik work and a large kiln for firing ceramics. The department has an ICT Suite for digital media that includes both Mac and PC computers. There is also access to a bank of Apple iPads for on and off-site digital working including the use of social media.

Design and Technology Department

The department has access to specialist facilities, including a dedicated teaching suite for food and textiles. The textiles area has 10 sewing machines, an overlocker, CAD/CAM embroidery machines, dye sublimation equipment, a felting machine and an electronic microscope that links to the interactive whiteboard. It is also well resourced with surface decoration and construction equipment.

The food area has five electric cookers, combination microwave/ovens, an extensive range of industrial and domestic equipment, eg industrial ice cream makers and electric pasta makers, bench top printer and a CAD/CAM icing printer. The specialist tutor is a Speed Step and basic food hygiene trainer.

There is a specialist room for design and technology teaching and independent work, as well as a well-stocked reference library that contains a wide range of resources that are relevant for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Other features include a recycling materials area, specialist work benches and a bank of computers linked directly to CAD/CAM equipment.

History Department

There are plenty of replica artefacts in the department and other superb facilities, including a huge library of dedicated subject books and an interactive whiteboard. We also inspire our trainee teachers to bring history to life by offering them opportunities to travel to historic sites.

English Department

The School of Education has two dedicated English teaching rooms that contain a substantial children's collection of works including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, picture books and multicultural text. There is also a selection of phonics teaching materials, puppets and story bags that are used in teaching sessions.

You can explore the links between ICT and literacy through the department's Digital Blue cameras and electronic photo albums.

Mathematics Department

There are two dedicated teaching rooms for mathematics. The rooms make use of Promethean and Smart interactive white boards. Both rooms contain a library of recent and relevant publications as well as a wide range of resources for use while on teaching practice.

Trainees are supplied with the use of a laptop for the duration of the course. The laptops come with Autograph and Geometers Sketchpad software. There are a class set of iPads available for the teaching sessions.

Religious Education Department

This teaching room attempts to bring sacredness in its vicinities and a visitor will find precious collections of artefacts and devotional utilities, audio-visual resources, books, sacred texts and children's books from a range of religious traditions to support learning and teaching.

Early Years Department

As well as enjoying very strong links with local schools and specialist nurseries, we have a specialist teaching room that has a range of story sacks and puppets, an extensive selection of planning resources, copies of key texts, and toys and equipment that are relevant for foundation stage.

Music Department

The music department has two dedicated classrooms and seven practice rooms, five of which contain dedicated computer-based recording/sequencing equipment. There is also a fully equipped sound recording studio and Apple Mac computers for sound manipulation.

Drama Department

There is a fully equipped drama studio with stage lighting.

Rosemarie Lowe

Programme Director Early Childhood Studies

Having spent 10 years teaching in a variety of primary and infant schools in Birmingham I had the opportunity to develop a service within the local authority of a team of early years specialist whose role was to support and develop early years practice and provision across the maintained and non-maintained sector.

This move into an advisory role, training and development combined interests in adult learners and a passion and commitment to high quality effective early years provision. Moving to Higher Education seemed a natural progress and I spent some time teaching and developing Early Childhood courses at Newman University College before joining Birmingham City University in 2008.

The rights of children and the need to work in partnership with parents remain a core value in my teaching and research interests, which is reflected in my current studies and recent evaluation projects for local authorities.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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