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Working with Children, Young People and Families
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Working with Children, Young People and Families

International Scholarships available

Overview

The social care sector is growing with increasing employment opportunities for work with children, young people and families. This course will develop your expertise to work in a variety of settings with people of all ages, helping the people you support to achieve their full potential. Your studies start with a clear focus on local contexts before addressing national and global issues as you progress. You will develop a better understanding of how complex contemporary society is and how this impacts all of us. You also have the opportunity to transfer to the BA (Hons) Youth Work & Community Development (JNC) or BSc (Hons) Social Care, Justice & Recovery course on completion of your first year, without the need to repeat modules.
You can undertake an international volunteering placement in your second and third years. Previous students have delivered education and community development programmes in India, South Africa, Finland and the US with people from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds. You'll share modules with students from related courses, allowing you to learn about the different areas of social science and how specific environments and situations are handled. You'll also undertake role play with professional actors playing the part of vulnerable people as well as produce video diaries and blogs, all fantastic opportunities to practice your skills in a safe environment and reflect on your learning.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
Play BA (Hons) Young People Communities and Society - Sue Lindsay, Senior Lecturer Video
BA (Hons) Young People Communities and Society - Sue Lindsay, Senior Lecturer

Entry Requirements

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POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Amanda Croft

Careers

Teaching and learning

You will gain the expertise and knowledge of values to work in a supporting role within community or social work settings with children, young people and families. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study; the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.
Explore the key skills to approach your degree with confidence including social justice, inequality and human development, and engage in 100 hours of work-related learning in a setting involving children, young people or families. You will study with students on similar courses within our School portfolio, enhancing your interprofessional experience.
Overall workload
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210 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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890 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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100 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
18%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
82%
Core Modules

Develop the academic and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become competent practitioners in a social care setting. You will be introduced to a range of skills which include: study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning.

Understand the foundations for successful employability and to consider how volunteering can provide an environment for learning. You will develop a wide range of personal and professional skills.

Examine how politics impacts on everyday life and seek to gain an understanding of how globalisation affects and shapes political organisation(s) and this effect on young people, families and their communities.

Study the knowledge concerning physical, psychological and psychosocial development across the human life course, in a political, cultural, economic and environmental context.

Gain an understanding of the qualities and skills needed for effective communication and engagement skills for practice. You will explore key aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication and relate them to established therapeutic techniques and communication skills theory.

Develop your understanding of multiple inequalities and the way that these limit choices and opportunities for individuals, groups and communities. This engages you in contemporary debates that surround social justice, diversity and inequality in a broad inter disciplinary network of health, criminal justice, housing, addiction, and welfare services.

Develop your core skills and explore new ways of working with people and groups, including health and wellbeing, drama and creative arts, or outdoor activities. You will also develop your expertise in research methodologies.
Overall workload
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208 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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872 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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120 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
37%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
63%
Core Modules

Review the legal and social policy drivers which govern the functions of safeguarding for social care practice. You will discuss social crises at a local individualised micro level; and the broader links to social policy drivers in managing social crises, risk and complexity at a macro level in the community.

Enhance your communication skills methods within a group work setting. You will explore key theoretical and evidenced based approaches to group work intervention within a social context looking at interventions with young people, families and adults. You will be able to explore, analyse and implement a range of approaches to group work in socially complex situations and with those experiencing social crises.

You will learn the basic approaches of social research, helping you to foster critical thinking and research skills, and examine ethical research considerations and prepare to become a practitioner researchers.

Explore current developments in social and community enterprises. You will volunteer in a social/community enterprise or another setting of their choice, e.g., an international volunteering opportunity.

Develop your critical awareness and promote a better understanding of the socially complex issues practitioners face within community practice. You will have the opportunity to explore key contemporary debates within youth, social care, justice, recovery and family services in an academic, critical and informed manner.

Option modules may include:

Enhance your awareness of models and approaches used in health initiatives, with particular focus on the relevance for use in informal education. You will consider health in a global context, but also focus on work in the UK. You will be enabled to develop creative ways of working with people around issues of health.

Build on your awareness of models and creative approaches used in engaging individuals and groups through drama and creative arts. You will develop creative ways of working around a range of issues.

You will develop your awareness of models and approaches used working in the outdoors with young people, with a particular focus on the relevance of outdoor activities for use in a youth work setting.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

This year will prepare you for future employment as a driver of positive social change. You will conceive and draft a real-life funding bid to develop your research and entrepreneurial skills, and undertake work-related learning focusing in management and leadership. By the end of Year Three you will have the confidence to work independently and help influence policy change in community settings.
Overall workload
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172 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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878 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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150 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
10%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
90%
Core Modules

Advance your communication skills for working with socially complex services users experiencing social crises. You will explore the theory, evidence base and philosophical concepts behind established clinical and therapeutic intervention.

Build on your understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural issues that impact upon contemporary family life and increase your knowledge of evidence-based practice to promote the well-being of children and young people and support families.

Foster your skills, familiarity, and confidence to enable you to take on personal and organisational responsibilities. In a workplace context, you are equipped with knowledge and practice in management, leadership and motivation approaches whilst at an individual level gaining insights into your own styles, preferences and experiences.

Explore the concept of globalisation and locate global forces within contemporary practice. You will critically explore the impact of globalisation on local practice, with reference to themes such as economics, migration and conflict.

Leeds Beckett University
Sue Lindsay
Senior Lecturer

Our academic members of staff have extensive experience of working in health, community and education settings in a variety of projects locally, nationally and globally. We have excellent links with the NHS, local authorities and third sector agencies who contribute to the course, ensuring we offer the most up to date knowledge and skills to our students.

Play BA (Hons) Young People Communities and Society - Sue Lindsay, Senior Lecturer Video
BA (Hons) Young People Communities and Society - Sue Lindsay, Senior Lecturer

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

Placements
The University makes a financial contribution to travel expenses for placements, but students may need to pay towards their own travel expenses beyond this. Travel expenses thresholds are tiered dependent on the location of the placement. Students can claim public transport receipted costs as follows: regional travel up to £300, national travel up to £500, international placement travel up to £750. Any costs above those limits are incurred by the student.

Students are able to choose a placement location or secure one themselves that may be convenient for travel.

Course-specific optional costs

Books: £100, or available on loan from Library. Ebooks are available for some key texts.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets). 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

Placements
The University makes a financial contribution to travel expenses for placements, but students may need to pay towards their own travel expenses beyond this. Travel expenses thresholds are tiered dependent on the location of the placement. Students can claim public transport receipted costs as follows: regional travel up to £300, national travel up to £500, international placement travel up to £750. Any costs above those limits are incurred by the student.

Students are able to choose a placement location or secure one themselves that may be convenient for travel.

Course-specific optional costs

Books: £100, or available on loan from Library. Ebooks are available for some key texts.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets). 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Interpersonal Skills Suite
    Interpersonal Skills Suite

    We have plenty of private rooms to allow you to try out your counselling skills. They come equipped with recording facilities so you’re able to reflect on and improve your practice.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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