Support families through difficult times and help children develop in order to live happy and fulfilling lives. You will explore how organisational systems work to benefit community development, services for young people and playwork provision, and have the confidence to influence policy changes for the better.
Undergraduate Courses (3)
Examine the sociology and psychology of children and childhood, focusing on the importance of play in the development of the child. You will explore the fields of playwork practice, policy development, environmental design and organisational leadership and management. You will be supported to develop a personalised and
career-focused learning pathway, and you will be able to apply your learning by taking part in a range of supervised learning placements in the UK or abroad..
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.
Locally, nationally and globally, young people and communities are having to deal with difficult and challenging situations. You will develop your understanding of social care and services for children
and families through an extensive range of taught modules and completing 800 hours of assessed youth and community practice placements, as you build the expertise needed to transform people's lives for the better. You will have the opportunity to work with individuals and groups anywhere in the UK or overseas and gain a
professional youth and community work qualification validated by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC), which endorses professional qualifications for youth and community workers. You also have the opportunity to transfer to the BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People & Families or BSc (Hons) Social Care, Justice & Recovery course on completion of your first year, without the need to repeat modules.
Postgraduate Courses (4)
Modern family life has been transformed by high divorce rates, the decline of the extended family, easy access to alcohol and drugs and other social and cultural factors adversely impacting on many of today's young people. By developing your 'play therapy toolkit' competencies to an advanced level using mediums such as storytelling, music, dance and drama, you will be able to work with children who have serious social, emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.
As a qualified play therapist, you will already be aware of the importance of self-expression and creative mediums in therapy. Whether you are aiming for a promotion within your current field or want to explore a particular play therapy topic, this MA will enhance your existing therapy skills through research, allowing you to further improve the lives of vulnerable children.
Become a qualified play therapist and help children come to terms with traumatic events in their lives. Through the use of play, you will give children the confidence and opportunity to express themselves
during their time with you.
This course will allow you to become a qualified youth and community worker, increasing your employment opportunities in this rapidly changing field. It is validated by the National Youth Agency.