We know that effective early help can transform lives, helping parents and carers back into work, stabilising children at school and removing barriers to living and in ensuring productive lives. Within the children, young people and families sector there has been a significant shift in working practices to ensure there is a holistic approach to delivering services. Practitioners are required to change their position in recognising how best to enable families and children to recognise their own capabilities. This course will equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills in order to ensure that families, children and young people are supported to the highest possible standards.
All applicants irrespective of entry qualification(s) will be formally interviewed by an appropriate member of academic staff.
80 UCAS points in a related subject or 60 Access to HE credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3). Additionally, applicants will be expected to have either a minimum grade C in GCSE English or Level 2 Functional Skills.
The Institute encourages applications from students who lack formal academic qualifications. All such applicants will be set an appropriate piece of work, in the form of an essay question (1500-word essay) that will take into account their academic potential and relevant experience. Where students apply with a Level 2 or 3 NVQ in Health and /or Social Care or Youth Work and for non-traditional entries a bridging unit may be offered prior to commencement on the programme to support the shift in academic rigour and study skills.
Methods of learning and teaching are designed to support students in becoming active members of a learning community. Students will be expected to work together in an informal environment as well as in formal classes where a culture of dignity, courtesy and mutual respect with staff and their peers is essential.
A variety of methods will be used such as lectures, seminars, workshops, student led discussions, directed learning tasks, experiential learning scenarios, presentations and debates.
Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in many organisations that deliver focus around work with children, young people and their families across social care, childcare, health and education.
These organisations include children’s centres, teenage pregnancy, schools, health promotion, young people’s services including a range of areas and youth work. Graduate children, young people and families workers work with children between 0-19 and their families. Graduates of this programme are strongly placed to apply for training in health & social care & community development.