Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 year Level 4 Part-Time Evening Ashington Main Campus University Level Qualification Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

This course is suited to any person wishing to work, or already working, with children and/or young people with a desire to study at a higher level. It is delivered ove ra one year period from both the Ashington and Berwick campuses at level 4; students who successfully complete will be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Children and Families through the University of Cumbria. Success at this stage will entitle you to apply for a further one year study route to achieve a Foundation Degree Working with Children and Families and subsequently a BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families following a third and final year of study, if desired. The course is broad and sufficiently flexible to meet varying professional specialisms/age range preferences and allows for progression to further study in areas such as teaching and social work.

You should have a suitable level 3 qualification as well as GCSE English and maths qualifications grade 4 or above or equivalent level 2 qualifications (non-traditional students without formal entry requirements but with extensive professional experience will be considered on an individual basis).

If you are not already employed within the sector, there is an expectation that you must undertake a voluntary work based placement.

You must have a satisfactory DBS clearance and a statement of support from previous training organisation if applicable.

Entry is subject to a successful interview.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire Stationery, books/resources, printing costs.

All teaching will take place in the classroom environment, but you will be expected to use your experience within the workplace to inform your learning. Throughout your programme of study, you will be required to complete assessments to demonstrate your learning of subject knowledge and transferable key skills. You will experience a range of different types of assessment during your programme which will include some of the following:

- Case studies
- Literature reviews
- Group work
- Presentations
- Portfolios
- Reports
- Proposals
- Multiple choice questions
- Reflections

We work in partnership with various early years, education, health and social settings within the local area.

This is a 1 year programme, part time, one evening per week.

When not attending lectures, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations.

Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities, including a personal tutor, your HE academic support tutor, use of the Learning Resource Centre and the facilities available to you at Northumberland College.

This programme has a number of distinguishing features including: an emphasis on interdisciplinary working; employability; internationalisation; research skills and social justice. The course will:

- Provide a supportive and responsive learning environment that will enable students with different experiences to develop a flexible and transferable skill set
- Engage students with a variety of learning experiences that build on skills and knowledge at each of the three levels of the programme to facilitate the development of a critical understanding of the children’s workforce and social care settings
- Develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to work in integrated practice settings across the children’s workforce and social care settings
- Confidently engage with and support the development of children, young people, families and communities
- Plan, deliver and evaluate projects and interventions that support social action and social justice
- Understand and locate themselves within the local, national and global children’s workforce and social care settings.

You will study six modules which include:

- Perspectives in Human Development
- Professional Skills with Children, Young People, Families and Communities
- Social and Political Influences on Policy and Practice
- Play and Creative Development in Diverse Contexts
- Cultural and Historical Influences on Children, Young People and Families
- An Introduction to Practitioner Research

University of Cumbria

120 credits

What’s next?

You could progress to the next level of study or gain employment social and community work or the childcare and education sector.

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