Our BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families programme has at its heart a strong commitment to social justice and equalities. We will provide you with a range of teaching and learning experiences to build on your existing skills and motivation so that you can contribute to a changing society, particularly with services who work with, or for, vulnerable children, young people and their families.
With a focus on personal, as well as professional development, our programme will engage you in understand the complexities of working with children young people and their families, in theory and in practice. We want to support you so that you can develop to become effective agents of change, making a difference to vulnerable children and young people.
The rights of children and young people, and a commitment to social justice are at the centre of what we believe, teach and research.
As you progress through the programme you will become confident and competent advocates of children and young people; developing your personal and professional skills so that you can, in future careers, be influential in developing practice, provision and policy.
Through a supportive and nurturing learning environment, you will be encouraged to develop your communication skills, drawing on digital technologies and to take ‘risks’ as you explore and find out new things about Working with Children, Young People and Families, as well as yourself.
Experienced tutors on the programme come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and are research active, understanding the demands of study, work and family life. The programme draws on experienced professionals from the field of education, social work and health. They are committed to the same agenda of social justice, social mobility and social responsibility that forms the underpinning philosophy of the programme.
“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.“
We are the top university providing education training in the West Midlands, and 25th in the UK. (Guardian University Guide 2016)
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We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
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.
96 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level
|UK Qualification||Requirements 2016/17|
|GCE A Level/ AS Level||96 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 96 UCAS points|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||24 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||Minimum 96 UCAS tariff points|
|Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher||Minimum 96 UCAS tariff points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options)||Accepted in combination with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 96 UCAS points|
|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:
Please note we will not make offers on the following qualification:
|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.
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2017||FT||3 years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2017||FT||3 years||£12,000 per year|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
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.
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.
There are three ways to apply:
You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.
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.
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.
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:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
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.
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.
included in your course fees are a range of specialist and visiting lecturers and all mandatory field trips.
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.
Working as a Professional
You will explore potential careers and the necessary skills, values and attributes to be a successful professional within a range of children’s services. Within this context, you will reflect on your existing skills and identify those needed to be a successful student of Higher Education as part of your journey to professional employment.
Foundations of Social Work
This module provides you with an understanding of key theories, policy and legislation relating to social work with children, young people and families. You will develop an understanding of the responsibilities of social workers including the professional requirements and the range of interventions with children and families.
Foundations of Education
You will explore the key legislation and policies linked to education and schooling. You will consider the barriers to learning which some children and young people face and how these might be overcome. You will learn about the roles of the range of professionals in educational settings and how they can effectively work with parents and the wider school community.
Foundations of Health
This module will explore the ways in which child health and wellbeing can be promoted across all agencies. You will be supported to develop the knowledge and skills to understand a range of contributory factors that influence children and young people’s health and wellbeing and the ways these may impact on their lives.
This module is designed to provide you with an understanding of interdisciplinary working, as well as developing an awareness of roles and responsibilities held by professionals when safeguarding children. The module will also support you to consider the connections between services and the needs of children, young people and families.
Effective Collaborative Practice
This module is designed to provide you with an understanding of collaborative working through knowledge of professional codes of conduct, leadership and management theory, and application. It also aims support you to consider the services the needs of children, young people and families and how to improve outcomes.
Social Justice and Inclusion
You will be exploring theoretical perspectives of "social justice" in the development and delivery of children and family services, for example Public Health initiatives, schools, education and care services. The theories of inclusion, social exclusion, discrimination and institutional discrimination, will be approached through a critical review of concepts and examination of local, national and international policy and practice.
Learning from Practice
Through placement experiences this module will enable you to demonstrate the skills needed to work in a professional context and to consider how your skills and attributes could be further developed as you prepare for future employment. This is an opportunity to put theory into practice.
Safeguarding and Child Protection
You will explore safeguarding and child protection including the necessary skills, values and attributes to be a successful professional working with a range of children’s services. Building on your previous learning you will examine how to protect vulnerable children and young people from harm.
Research as a Driver for Policy, Practice and Provision
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of key research terms, potential challenges and processes involved in conducting a piece of research, as well as the skills needed to design a study. You will explore and examine current pieces of research relevant to children’s services and consider the connections between research, policy, practice and provision.
Researching Professional Practice in Children’s Services
This module builds on your studies in year three as you work towards carrying out your own piece of research to examine and evaluate professional practice in children’s services.You will be supported to engage in independent as well as collaborative critical analysis of contemporary issues and debates in policy and practice.
This module will respond to contemporary perspectives and issues affecting children, young people, families and communities. A strong commitment to inclusive values will be reinforced and will empower you to address issues of equality, disadvantage, diversity and social justice to optimise the life chances of children, young people and their families.
Children and Young People’s Rights and Identity
You will develop your knowledge of children and young people’s rights and explore the complexities that underpin ensuring their rights. This module will enable you to critically explore a broad range of issues that impact on children and young people’s lives. It develops further your knowledge, understanding and application of relevant current legislation and policy frameworks.
Global Perspectives of Families and Parenting
This module will focus on perspectives and issues affecting families and parenting. It will support you to confidently examine global perspectives with regard to families and parenting. In this module, we want you to examine the different lived realities of families and parenting in different parts of the world.
Personal Development Planning
As you prepare to finish your programme this module will enable you to practice and develop key skills necessary as you seek employment or post graduate study.You will have the opportunity to identify, reflect on and develop a range of effective professional skills, practicing them through work based real life projects such as applying for jobs, interviewing, recruitment and selection processes.
You will experience a wide variety of learning and teaching approaches that are designed to develop your confidence, knowledge and skills as you progress through the programme. We will support you as you make the transition to university through carefully planned induction processes. This will include social and group work activities, confidence building activities and a scaffolded approach so you can understand the thinking behind how your modules and assessments are planned. Managing your transition to Higher Education is more than just a week of activities so we have generated a core module that goes through the whole of the first year to support your developing personal, professional and academic skills.
Some modules are shared with students on other programmes in the department. For example when thinking about safeguarding and child protection there are common themes and common professional skills required, regardless of the age range you are focussing on. This is one module that would be shared with students studying Early Childhood Studies. We believe that whilst it is good to have a focus on your particular field of study, sometimes your learning experience can be enhanced by working with others who are exploring different, but similar contexts. For this reason there are 40 credits of shared modules between your BA Hons Working with Children, Young People and Families and the BA Hons Early Childhood Studies in each year. Placement is an integral part of the programme, there will be chances in your first year to explore and find out information about a range of services that work with, or for, children, young people and families, and to visit and shadow professionals working in this field .
In the second year of the programme you will have the opportunity to undertake a placement in a related service that may focus on education, health or social care for children, young people and their families. We hope that the professional relationships you develop in the first year will enable you to identify a partner who is able to support you on your professional journey, or who may be willing to support one of your peers. We already have good links with a number of partners who can facilitate a placement experience where you can learn from practice.
In your third year your research module Researching Children and Young People’s Services will enable you to carry out a project that requires implementation of a negotiated idea, making change and evaluating the impact of change. All of which develop essential skills for leaders and managers of Children’s Services.
As well as learning through practice a variety of approaches to teaching are used. This will include:
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|50||Guided Independent Study||RoyalBlue|
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|55||Guided Independent Study||RoyalBlue|
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|58||Guided Independent Study||RoyalBlue|
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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.
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.
The programme hosts students on the Erasmus and Study Abroad programmes from a number of partner Universities from around the world who will study alongside you and facilitate debate about different approaches education, health and social care. You also have the opportunity of studying in a number of European countries through the partnerships the School of Education & Social Work has already established.
There are a range of post graduate programmes available across the school, faculty and university. Our graduates often go on to study education, social work and health course at post grad level.
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.
A Birmingham City University Graduate is professional and work-ready, a creative problem solver, enterprising and has a global outlook. This expectation is realised through the BA Hons Working with Children, Young People and Families programme which provides you with the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of vulnerable children, young people and their families.
Transferable skills are considered very highly throughout the programme should you decide not to work directly with children and young people in the future. We have embraced the Graduate + scheme and there are opportunities throughout the programme for you to receive credit for developing your employability skills.
We have a commitment to learning for life and actively encourage you to develop your own research skills and to pursue your learning journey by building on your first degree to Masters level and beyond. From induction through to your final module your tutor team will support you in exploring career pathways linked to vulnerable children, young people and their families. Working closely with local services will enable you to network and find out what it is like to work in the field.
Placement is an integral part of the programme, there will be chances in your first year to explore and find out information about a range of services that work with, or for, children, young people and families, and to visit and shadow professionals working in this field – this is so you can not only develop professional skills but can also find out about the wide range of professional careers open to you.
It also about developing transferable skills so that after you have completed your degree you already have a strong CV that makes you really employable. Later on you will have the opportunity to undertake a placement in a related service that may focus on education, health or social care for children, young people and their families. In your final year you will be able to carry out an evaluative study that will be work based.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
A fly through of the £41 million expansion of our City South Campus. It will provide specialist laboratories and teaching spaces for the new life sciences courses and a new home for the School of Education.
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.
Our new development at City South Campus will ensure students have access to the best facilities, including our specially developed replica classrooms with interactive whiteboards, enabling you to experience the classroom environment.
All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is a fully equipped drama studio with stage lighting.
To make sure the student experience for those on our education courses is as seamless as possible, we’re now ensuring all our students can stay on our self-contained and well equipped City North Campus for the whole of 2017/18. This will give us the perfect opportunity to move all of our education students into our new home at City South Campus from September 2018.
Having spent 10 years teaching in a variety of primary and infant schools in Birmingham, Rosemarie 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 she 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 Rosemarie's teaching and research interests, which is reflected in her current studies and recent evaluation projects for local authorities.