About the BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies Top Up programme
BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies Top Up is focussed on practice and will prepare students for the challenges of working in this vital and frequently fluid area within both the public and private sector, equipping all students with the knowledge, skills, understanding and critical instincts to work as an informed, confident and responsible professional. The course draws on a range of local and international perspectives, and theory from a range of areas such as leadership, safeguarding, solution focussed practice and child and youth support giving students sound knowledge and skills which they can apply to the area of practice they currently work in or for future employment. The programme will incorporate a practice placement element, with students completing 80 placement hours and undertaking an Action Research Project for their final assessment.
Teaching and learning in this programmes is centred on practice. All examples used in the programme have a base in the real world. In some modules the students will reflect on their own practice using real world experience to inform ideas; in others simulated case studies are used so that the students can apply theoretical knowledge to their work. In the action research project students get to enact and assess a change in the real world.
Applicants wishing to gain direct entry onto the top-up at level 6, must have at least 240 CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points gained through study at levels 4 and 5 in a relevant field such as children, young people and families. The average grade at level 5 must be 50% or above.
As part of the application process students will make a declaration of fitness to practice and hold an enhanced DBS.
What you will learn
Level 6 – Honours Stage
- Leading Change in Organisations
- Action Research Project
- Solution Focused Practice
- Childhood and Youth Support
Learning & Teaching Methods
This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted with some lessons happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support. We will make decisions on the delivery hours for each programme as government advice becomes clearer. We are currently reviewing this programme and some elements of the published programmes may need to change in order for students to achieve. We will advise you of these changes once they are completed.
Approaches to teaching and learning for work in the field of childhood and youth focuses on all aspects of the informal and formal education continuum which provides opportunities for learning through dialogue, debate, peer learning and reflection. For wider areas of the programme where social work practice underpins the knowledge that students are expected to understand, the programme will follow the four interrelated themes set out in the benchmark statements which are:
- Awareness raising, skills and knowledge acquisition;
- Conceptual understanding;
- Practice skills and experience
- Reflection on performance.
The programme aims to facilitate critical thinking and reflection by questioning and critically discussing beliefs, discourses and attitudes.
As this is a level 6 programme the use of self-directed learning will be prevalent as the blended learning mode of study requires students to complete online activities which develop their digital literacy alongside more traditional methods of lectures, workshops and seminars. There will be opportunities for self-directed group work and projects allowing for peer discussion and learning as well as individual and collective problem solving and action learning. (1, 2, 4)
A key element of the programme is the practice learning experience in which students undertake 80 hours within a relevant setting. In collaboration with employers, students will undertake an action research project to enable them to effect change within their setting. Students have access to additional training programmes provided by employers in relation to safeguarding and family support work enriching the students’ learning experience and developing current methods of working required within the sector. (1, 2, 3 & 4)
As this programme sits across a number of disciplines within the children and young people sector the teaching and learning will align itself to the approaches set out within QAA subject benchmarks statements for Community and Youth Work and Social Work as mapped to the programme learning outcomes in box 29. The process of learning values personal and professional experiences where the theoretical underpinning informs practice development.
The outcomes of the programme are strongly linked to skills and knowledge required for multi-disciplinary work within the childhood and youth sector.
The programme has been designed and developed in conjunction with employers from across statutory and social enterprise organisations. Practice Managers from the Family Resource Service, Family Hubs and alternative education provider for primary school age children were ask to consult on the purpose and module design and assessment. This was crucial to ensure the content was fit for purpose within the sector at level 6.
Whilst there are currently no opportunities for postgraduate study within the subject area at Grimsby other providers offer Masters in Youth Work or Masters in Social Work. There are opportunities to complete post graduate study in teaching in the post compulsory sector at Grimsby.
- Family Hubs/Children’s Centres,
- Family support service,
- Youth Support Services,
- Youth Justice.