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Working with Children, Young People and Families (Top-Up) - Mansfield BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): L533
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: One-year full time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: NTU at Mansfield
  • Entry Requirements:
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The Working with Children, Young People and Families (Level 6) course is designed for you if you are an FdA graduate and want to top up your qualification to BA honours degree level.

If you're planning a future improving the lives of families, young people and children, you'll gain the tools you need to make a difference to those in need of support.

Taught at NTU in Mansfield, this course links academic learning with hands-on research and practice. With a focus on real-world learning, you’ll cover a range of contemporary issues from an organisational and leadership perspective.

This additional year of study will further develop your knowledge and skills of work practices related to children, young people and families, opening up rewarding career opportunities in the sector, as well as options for further study.

  • Top up your sector-related FdA, to BA honours degree level on this one-year course.
  • On completing this degree you’ll be well-placed to take up a variety of careers within the sector or go on to further study.
  • Strong links to vocational practice and improving the lives of the children, young people and families.
  • NTU in Mansfield is your alternative route into higher education. We've built this qualification with the local job market in mind. Each of our higher education courses is relevant, hands-on and work-focused.

What you’ll study

The course is designed to build on the principles of the foundation degree (and equivalent) programmes. There are strong links to vocational practice and improving the lives of the children, young people and families our graduates will work with is at the heart of the course. There are five Level 6 modules on this course.

Project Management and Research in Practice

You will develop commercial and organisational awareness within the sector, through project managing a piece of research with a local employer. This module allows you to design and generate a research project informed by an awareness of methodological debates within the social sciences.

Voice, Choice and Power

This module encourages students to consider how to centre the voice of the service user within organisations. It explores the power and influence of decision makers and how minority voices may become marginalised. You will critically analyse how agency for children, young people and families is, and may be further provided for, within the sector.

Change Makers and Leaders

You will identify and adopt the skills, approaches and styles of effective leadership required within differing organisational cultures. Leading teams, change management and quality management, evaluation and impact are explored in order to equip students for future employability. Students are encouraged to employ analytical knowledge of networks, system, policy and regulatory frameworks and how these are applied in leadership and staff supervision within children, young peoples and/or family services.

People and Place: Ethical and Sustainable Practice

Students will explore how empowering people and ethical decision making can shift power dynamics to offer more sustainable futures for organisations, better knowledge management and robust community led networks. This modules enables students to critically evaluate values and principles, which promote equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities and their application to practice, supporting congruency for service users.

Contemporary Global Perspectives

This module seeks to understand global citizenship, comparative global problems and practice based approaches. It explores concepts of social justice, social solidarity and social transformation and considers the impact of decolonising aid and organisational structures in under developed countries.

How you’re taught

Teaching, learning and assessment will be varied, appealing to a diverse range of learners, and make use of technology in the form of electronic portfolios, blogs, and simulation suites.

You will develop essential transferable skills such as effective communication skills; analysing information; problem solving and decision making. You will have the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge through a variety of activities including classroom based, simulated and work related activities.

Staff Profiles

Kerry Lemon


School of Social Sciences

Course Leader and lecturer for Foundation Degree Working with Children, Young People and Families, at the NTU Mansfield site.

Careers and employability

Your future career

With a BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families qualification, there’s a wide range of careers that you could follow, including:

  • Youth Development Leader
  • Youth Support Worker
  • Children’s Engagement and Participation Leader
  • Family Support Worker
  • Project Support Officer
  • Women’s Support Worker
  • Community Link Worker.

You may want to consider further study options to gain professional qualifications at Masters level for example MA Social Work, MA Youth Work Leadership and Practice or MA Career Guidance and Leadership.

Careers Team

At NTU in Mansfield, our award-winning Employability team is here to inspire and enhance your career planning, whichever path you choose. Whether you wish to go on to further study or to look for job opportunities, we can guide you to be a successful candidate.

Campus and facilities

We are continually investing in our facilities and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere. Teaching will take place at the University Hub's £6.5 million University Centre, which opened in 2016 and which is equipped with the latest facilities and state-of-the-art technology. Facilities include:

  • On-site Café
  • Teaching and Learning Centre
  • Library
  • Social spaces
  • Student support services
  • Dedicated study zones including PC suites.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • Foundation degree in a sector-related area e.g. FdA Children and Young People; FdA Social Care; FdA Early Years Studies.

Other qualifications and experience

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form.

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Keeping up to date

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please call us on +44 (0)115 848 4200 or complete our enquiry form.