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Working with Children, Young People and Families

BA (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS code: L590
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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Gain the skills you need for a career working with children and families in this three-year, full-time BA (Hons) programme.

You’ll develop a firm understanding of policy and legislative issues, and get the hands-on practical experience you need to be an effective practitioner.

You’ll study topics such as:

  • legislation relating to education, child protection and health
  • roles and responsibilities of agencies
  • multi-agency working
  • communicating with children through play, art, and role play

The programme gives you the opportunity to explore different aspects of working with children and families, in a variety of environments. On graduation you’ll be able to pursue careers in areas such as family support, community development, education, and mentorship.

You may choose to pursue further study after graduation, such as the MA in Social Work, giving you the qualification you need to be a social worker.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is a collaboration between the University and key employers in social care and the children’s care sectors

Why Bradford?

This is a unique programme that combines theory and research around working with children, young people and families with the development of hands-on practical skills.

You learn to utilise techniques such as play, art and role play, and apply this knowledge across a range of social care provision.

The programme also gives you invaluable political, economic and cultural context, and examine areas such as life stage development and societal influence. You will also learn how to apply principles of social justice, human rights and diversity.

You may opt to undertake an assessed placement in Year Two – this module will enable you to develop key skills relevant to the world of graduate employment and enable you to link theory to practice.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

A levels:

112 UCAS tariff points to include 64 points from two A-levels or equivalent.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 112 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Stage 1

  • Academic, Personal and Professional Development. 20 credits, core
  • Communication Skills: Children and Families. 20 credits, core
    Develop appropriate first level communication and interviewing skills with children, young people and adults.
  • Transition and Development in Children and Young People. 20 credits, core
    Gain an understanding of theoretical perspectives relating to the development of children, transitions throughout childhood and to reflect on implications for work with children and families.
  • Introduction to Psychology. 20 credits, core
    Develop an understanding of key concepts, issues and debates in psychology.
  • Values and Ethics. 20 credits, core
    An introduction to social care values and patterns of inequality, discrimination and oppression.
  • Introduction to Sociology. 20 credits, core
    An introduction to the main paradigms of sociological theory and methods of sociological analysis.

Stage 2

  • British Welfare State. 20 credits, core
    Develop a critical and reflective understanding of the origins, development and functioning of the British Welfare State.
  • Effective Interventions with Children and Families. 20 credits, core
    Develop an understanding of key issues and debates in relation to effective interventions with children, young people and families.
  • Research and Evaluation. 20 credits, core
    Develop an understanding of research methods in the social sciences.
  • Dissertation Preparation. 20 credits, core
    Develop the skills and knowledge needed to design a research project - more specifically, to produce a coherent and academically well-informed dissertation proposal.
  • Children and Interagency Work. 20 credits, core
    Develop an understanding of issues associated with working across professional boundaries and between different disciplinary groups.
  • Learning from Practice. 20 credits, option
    Gain a developing sense of practice and employment settings linked to your degree.
  • Mental Health. 20 credits, option
    Gain an understanding of a range of mental health issues affecting people across the life span including children and young people, people of working age and older adults.
  • Elective. 20 credits

Stage 3

  • Childcare Law. 20 credits, core
    Critically examine, analyse and evaluate the legal context of childcare practice.
  • Service Users’ and Carers Perspectives in Social Work and Social Care. 20 credits, option
  • Understanding Social and Personal Identities. 20 credits, option
    Gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of sociological and social psychological theories of identity.
  • The Social Psychology of Intergroup Relations. 20 credits, option
    Examine the relationship between identity as cognitive process and the ideological significance of specific 'identities'.
  • Dissertation. 40 credits, core
  • Organisations and Professional Development. 20 credits, core
    Reflect on the way in which social work and social care is organised.
  • Understanding Culture and Society. 20 credits, option
    An introduction to contemporary issues in society. Develop the capacity to debate these modern social problems and explore potential resolutions.
  • Living in a Sustainable Society. 20 credits, option
    Develop a critical understanding of the concept of sustainability and the social, political, economic, and ecological challenges that face the contemporary world from within a sustainability perspective.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

You will explore 
the theoretical underpinnings of work
 with children and families, with a focus on synthesizing theory and practice. You will study communication, childcare law, modules in Sociology and Psychology, and will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in an optional Learning from Practice module in year 2.

You will undertake modules that explore the social policy and legislative backdrop in relation to children and families. You will explore issues around confidentiality, information sharing and interagency working. You will gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of agencies working with children and families including children’s centres, children’s social care, schools, the police and the health services.

Professionals in this field are encouraged to develop skills 
in direct work with children and families and you will be introduced to a range of practice skills and learn hands-on techniques to work with children including the use of play, art and role play. Throughout the three years of the degree, you will be encouraged to develop into a reflective practitioner.

This degree pathway is suitable for anyone already working with children and families, or for anyone leaving secondary education and wanting to start a career in working with children, young people and families.


You may opt to undertake a placement in Year Two.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

83% of our 2016 graduates in BA Working with Children, Young People and Families found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

Jobs that you may consider applying for after graduation include: family support worker, community development worker, extended schools co-ordinator, play leader, community care support worker, advice worker (e.g. housing advice), mentor and career adviser. You may choose to apply for a higher-level degree after graduation, for example, MA Social Work here at Bradford or a Postgraduate Certificate in FE Teaching.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 Working with Children, Young People and Families graduates was £17,256.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.


All teaching staff are research active, and our research informs our teaching.

We bring a variety of experiences of children and families work including fostering and adoption, family and parenting support, child protection and childcare law.

We also bring a huge variety of other skills and expertise, including using art as a therapeutic tool with children and families and skills in other direct work activities.


The JB Priestley Library has excellent resources for research. Student Central and the Richmond Atrium have cafes, bookshops and meeting spaces.

Students also have access to the Communal area of the ground floor of Pemberton building and can also book meeting rooms in the Library for collaborative learning and groupwork.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £14,950

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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