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University of Bedfordshire

Child and Adolescent Studies with Professional Practice Year

UCAS Code: L558

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,E-C,C,C

80 - 96 UCAS Tariff points

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP-MMM

UCAS Tariff

80-96
100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2018

Subjects

Youth and community work

Child care

Explore child development, welfare and the right to equal access to services and life opportunities regardless of social difference, as you study current practice and expectations of working with children and young people. Academic and practical knowledge of the needs of children, young people and families equips you to provide a skilled service, preparing you for your career.

Modules

The units you will study are a mix of core and option units all focusing on knowledge, skills and analysis in relation to child and adolescent studies – essential requirements for your employability.

Year 1 are all core units:
Introduction to Working with Children, Young People and Families,
Investigating Social Life,
Introduction to the Human Services,
Foundations in the Social Sciences

Year 2 – students do four core units and choose two option units:
Core:
Perceptions and Discourses of Childhood,
Research Approaches in the Social World,
Multi-Agency Working,
Comparing Welfare Internationally
Options:
Disability in Childhood: critical perspectives on policy and practice,
Mental Health and Society,
Contemporary Forced Migration,
Managing and Management in the Human Services,
Child Welfare: perspectives on and approaches to risk assessment,
Studies in ‘Race’ and Ethnicity,
Young People, Gangs and Group Offending

Year 3 – students do two core units and choose two option units:
Core:
Independent Project in Health and Social Care,
Child Protection: Critically Analysing Policy and Practice
Options:
Exceptional Behaviour in Early Childhood,
Contemporary issues in Inclusion and Exclusion in Education,
Ideas and Issues in Globalisation,
Current Issues in the Human Services,
Leadership, Management and Multi-Agency Working in the Human Services,
Comparative Youth Justice,
Human Services Today,
Childhoods in a Global Context

Assessment methods

You will undertake written assignments – essays and reports – as well as participating in group conferences, poster presentations and presentations.

These presentations are designed to build your confidence and enable you to become accustomed to presenting in a variety of settings. Being able to practice these skills in a supportive environment will develop this essential employability skill.

You will also have in-class tests and two examinations – one in Year 1 and one in Year 2 – to allow you to demonstrate and record your ability to work under pressure.

However, the weight of assessments are written assignments and these allow you to explore the subject in depth through detailed research and construct an argument based on the evidence you gain in preparing the assignment.

By the end of the course the assessments you have undertaken will have allowed you to become a highly effective practitioner.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Luton Campus

Department:

School of Applied Social Studies

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

88%
high
Youth and community work
88%
high
Child care

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

94%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
E
D

Social sciences

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

94%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
E
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
37%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

61%
Welfare professionals
8%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

Health and social care

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
37%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

61%
Welfare professionals
8%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Youth and community work

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Child care

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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