• Children and Young People Top-Up BA (Hons)
    Children and Young People Top-Up BA (Hons)
    This course is aimed at people who are interested in pursuing a career working with children and young people.
  • Children and Young People Top-Up BA (Hons)
    Children and Young People Top-Up BA (Hons)
    This course is aimed at people who are interested in pursuing a career working with children and young people.
  • Children and Young People Top-Up BA (Hons)
    Children and Young People Top-Up BA (Hons)
    This course is aimed at people who are interested in pursuing a career working with children and young people.
  • Children and Young People Top-Up BA (Hons)
    Children and Young People Top-Up BA (Hons)
    This course is aimed at people who are interested in pursuing a career working with children and young people.
  • Children and Young People Top-Up BA (Hons)
    Children and Young People Top-Up BA (Hons)
    This course is aimed at people who are interested in pursuing a career working with children and young people.

Overview

The BA (Hons) Children and Young People - Top-up is designed for people who have completed an FdA or equivalent in a subject related to children and young people and who wish to progress to a higher level studying for a BA (Hons) qualification. This course is aimed at people who are interested in pursuing a career working with children and young people.

Level 6 Modules:

Research Methods This module aims to promote knowledge, understanding and application of research methods applicable to, and appropriate for research to be undertaken within, the Children and Young People's Workforce. This module supports students to gain the skills and knowledge they require to successfully complete their dissertation.

Dissertation The aim of this module runs across the academic year and is to enable students to develop a research proposal which will plan and implement an in depth study of a problem, issue or area of interest within the Children and Young People’s Workforce.

Global Child This module aims to critically compare international perspectives of children, young people and childhood. It will also critically explore the impact of Globalisation on children and young people and associated implications for practice will be critically analysed.

Youth Crime and Justice This module critically explores youth justice law, policy and practice. In particular how crime and justice are defined in relation to young people and how professionals work with young people in the criminal justice system.

Critical Issues in Professional Practice This module provides the opportunity for students to focus on their chosen profession within the children and young people’s workforce. The aim is to prepare students for a smooth transition to employment by both reflecting on the role of the professional and examination of knowledge of relevant legislation, practice, procedures; reflective practice and examining their chosen career pathway.

The course has been designed to be responsive to the local employment, social and environmental needs. The team have strong links with a range of employers from across the Children and Young People’s Workforce and Family Support/ Social Care Services.

The Children and Young People Department at UCO has a strong working relationship between key employer stakeholders such as:

  • Director of Children’s Services
  • Head of the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
  • MAHDLO which is the principle provider of Youth Services across Oldham
  • Primary Schools and academies
  • Junior Schools
  • Private day care nurseries
  • Preschool Nurseries
  • Voluntary Sector Youth organisations
  • Private Residential Social Work and Specialist Education Providers
  • Youth Counselling.
These working relationships will provide opportunities for a range of quality Education, Children's Social Care and Youth Work research placements to meet the diverse demands of students needs to enable students to complete their dissertation in a subject area which is of interest to them.

Local Children and Young People’s Workforce employers and key agencies are periodically invited as guest speakers and for employer engagement events to enhance the academic learning experience at UCO.

This course gives graduates the skills and knowledge to embark on their journey in careers across a wide range of roles in the children and young people’s sector, including:

Education
Learning Mentors
Teaching Assistant
Behaviour Support worker
Inclusion Worker
Forest School Practitioner

Health
Health Care Support Worker
Community Children's Healthcare Worker

Social care
Prevention and Early Intervention Worker
Family Support Worker
Residential Support Worker


Early years
Early Years Practitioner
Nursery Manager
Play Worker
Youth Worker
Probation Worker

Please note some of these career paths require further specialist training.

Students are supported throughout the course to develop their academic and professional skills through a number of teaching and learning strategies:

  • Lectures, including the use of appropriate video material
  • Student-led presentations and seminars
  • Practical workshops, including the use of ICT where relevant
  • Directed reading and discussions of selected texts
  • Paired and group work
  • Blended Learning via VLE, including videos, interactive quizzes, discussion forums
  • Guest speakers
  • Independent study
  • Individual tutorials
  • Field trips.
All students will have access to academic skills tutors through the general campus booking system.

Assessment and Feedback:
The students are supported throughout the course to develop their academic and professional skills. Modules will be weighted across personal, professional, employability, transferable skills to gain a balance of theory, practice and knowledge preparing students for further study and/or employment.

Assessment tasks are linked to the learning outcomes for each module and are completed at selected points within the module. A range of assessment methods will be used for the FdA degree, such as:
  • Reflective essay
  • Report
  • Presentation
  • E-Portfolio
  • Research Proposal
  • Dissertation.

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Key Information
Start date:
September 2017
Institutional code:
O10
UCAS code:
L53L
Duration:
1 year full time, 18 months part time
Course type:
Full Time and Part Time
Fees per year:
£7500, Part time fees on application
Additional costs per year:
Travel costs to and from professional placement locations. Students will also be invited to contribute towards field trips. DBS minimum £44
WIS:
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Entry Requirements

Essential 240 Credits at Level 5. FdA or equivalent.

Part time students will be expected to be in current and relevant work or voluntary work with at least one year practical experience working with children and young people, their families and in the community.

DBS clearance will need to be achieved before any research placement can begin. It is expected that PT students will already have a DBS but this will be checked as part of the enrolment process. The DBS will be paid for by the applicant.

Foundation Degree or Similar.

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Our programmes are aligned with career opportunities in Oldham and Greater Manchester's growth sectors. It means on graduation you will be very well prepared to enter the career pool and swim with big fish.

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