Our BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families course 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 degree 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, and providing family support.
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 want our students to achieve their full potential. So, if you receive a Special Unconditional Offer from BCU and then go on to Meet or Beat our published entry requirements, you could be eligible for a £1,000 scholarship.
*Term and Conditions apply - some undergraduate courses are not eligible for this scholarship.
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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 4 or above (formerly Grade C), at the point of enrolment. These must include English language and mathematics.
If you do not already have the required GCSEs, (or their equivalent) for entry onto this course, and are not registered to take them, visit Equivalency Testing for further information.
Acceptable Mathematics GCSE Equivalents
96 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level
|UK Qualification||Requirements 2019/20|
|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) / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma||DD|
|BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units) / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma||MMM|
|BTEC Subsidiary Diploma / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate||Accepted in combination with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 96 UCAS points|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||28 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 2019/20|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).||28 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.
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|BA (Hons)||Sep 2019||FT||3 years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2019||FT||3 years||£12,300 per year|
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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:
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.
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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.
The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.
The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.
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.
In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).
Working as a Professional
This first module will explore the potential career pathways for your programme and the necessary skills, values and attributes to be a successful professional within a range of children services. Using this as the context, you will reflect on and identify your existing skills and identify the skills necessary to be a successful student of Higher Education as part of your journey through to professional employment.
Foundations of Education
This module acts as an introduction to education in the UK. To this end, we start with a look at the structure of educational as a whole, the different paths of education, and the legislation governing education. From this initial overview we examine different understandings of how children and young people learn including some of the most common learning theories. This opens the way for us to consider some of the barriers children and young people face in education, including issues such as racism, gender, and disability. Finally, we explore the ways professionals, parents and others can support children and young people in education.
Foundations of Health
In line with the philosophy and aims of the programme this module will explore the ways in which child health and wellbeing can be promoted across all agencies. You will be provided with 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.
Foundations of Social Work
In line with the philosophy and aims of the programme, this module provides you with an understanding of key theories, policy and legislation relating to social work with children, young people and families.
It is intended you will gain an overall understanding of the role of social workers and good safeguarding practice with children, young people and families. In more detail you will gain knowledge of assessment tools and their application in practice across in a variety of children and families settings. There will be opportunity to develop report writing skills based on case studies, which could be applied in practice.
In line with the philosophy and aims of the programme, this module encourages you to become confident professionals and to recognise the value of interdisciplinary working with children, young people, families and professionals. It is intended that this module will support you to develop your intellectual capabilities by encouraging you to work together and identify benefits and challenges of an interdisciplinary approach.
In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).
Safeguarding and Child Protection
This module 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.
You will build on your previous learning by focusing on the roles and responsibilities of professionals in a safeguarding context. This will include key legislation, policy and evaluate processes that exist to support children who have or are likely to suffer significant harm. You will consider discrimination, which affects individual children, young people and families.
Research as a Driver for Policy, Practice and Provision
In line with the philosophy and aims of the programme, this Level 5 module encourages and supports you to become a confident and reflective researcher and to recognise the value of conducting research within relevant children’s services. You will be given the opportunity to explore and experience what it feels like to work within small research cluster groups. During this process, the module will support you to engage in a critical analysis of contemporary issues and debates in research, policy and practice related to your field of study. You will work collaboratively to identify and then design a small scale study to explore one of these issues.
Social Justice and Inclusion
The module will provide opportunities for you to explore issues of social justice and inclusion in diverse social and educational contexts from both the UK and International perspectives. 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.
Effective Collaborative Practice
In line with the philosophy and aims of the programme, this module encourages you to become confident professionals and to recognise the value of effective collaborative practice when working with children, young people, families and professionals. It is intended that this module will support you to develop your intellectual capabilities by encouraging you to work together and identify benefits and challenges of an effective collaborative practice.
Learning from Practice
This module aligns to the overall philosophy and aims of BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families programme. It enables you to consolidate your experiences in placement. It provides you with the knowledge to understand the complexities of professional roles within the work place and the importance of adopting a professional stand at all times. It enables you to demonstrate the skills needed to work in a professional context and how your skills and attributes need to be developed for future employment. It develops further your knowledge, understanding and application of relevant, current legislation and policy frameworks. It provides the opportunity to work effectively with different service users and to understand their needs.
In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).
Exploring Contemporary Perspectives
In line with the philosophy and aims of the programme, 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. In line with the learning, teaching and assessment strategy, the module will be interactive, engaging and challenging; designed to promote your independence and confidence to enable you to be an advocate for children, young people and families and an agent for change. The module is highly responsive to changes and developments, and will provide you with an in depth understanding of how issues may impact your work in your chosen field.
Personal and Professional Development
This Level 6 module will further explore the potential career pathways and enable you to manage the next steps in your career. As you prepare to finish your programme it 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. Using services for children and families as the context you will meet with a range of key stakeholders including recruitment companies, careers services, post graduate programme leaders and leaders and managers in services that work with and for children and their families.
Children and Young People’s Rights and Identity
This module aligns to the overall philosophy and aims of the BA (Hons) Working with Children Young People and Families Programme. It enables you promote the voice of children and young people, and to have a critical overview of the national and international legislative and policy framework that promotes their rights and identity.
Global Perspectives of Families and Parenting
In line with the philosophy and aims of the programme, this module will focus on perspectives and issues affecting families and parenting. It will support you to examine confidently global perspectives with regard to families and parenting. This module will enable you to debate the ethical implications of families and parenting from a global perspective. You will engage in thought provoking debate. In line with the learning, teaching and assessment strategy, the module will be interactive, engaging and challenging, designed to promote your independence and confidence in considering challenging topics.
Researching Children and Young People’s Services
In line with the philosophy and aims of the programme, this Level 6 module enables and supports you to conduct a small scale piece of individual (action) research that attends and adheres to key ethical principles. This module encourages you to engage in independent as well as collaborative critical analysis of contemporary issues and debates in policy and practice. You will be provided with an opportunity to clarify your understanding of key research terms, as well as to consider the link between epistemology, methodology and methods and the impact that your own personal philosophies have upon the design of your action research study.
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:
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.
97%...of students are in work or full time study six months after graduating2016/17 DLHE Response
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The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
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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.
As part of these plans, the University's Education provision will join the rest of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences at our City South Campus in Edgbaston during 2018.
This is the third phase of the University's project to move all teaching and learning to two campuses, City Centre and City South. By moving our Education provision, we are creating a hub for the provision of public service contracts and professional development at City South Campus and improving the student experience with a stronger sense of community and more consistent support services and facilities.
In addition to classrooms, a lecture theatre, social learning spaces, an open access IT suite and cafe facilities, the new £41 million extension to our City South Campus offers a range of specialist teaching and learning facilities for specific subjects including science, design and technology, drama and physical education.
All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.
Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to.
The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.
The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.
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.