Working with Children, Young People and Families (BA Hons) with Foundation Year

Course length: 4 years full-time


What is the course?

Newman University is piloting a new innovative foundation year for their social science degrees. The pre-degree year of this four year course, if passed, leads into the same study programme as the 3 year joint honours degree course of Working with Children, Young People and Families.

This foundation year enables those unable to access the traditional UCAS tariff requirements for a three year degree, an alternative route into beginning and ultimately gaining an honours degree.

What is it about?

The Foundation Year in Social Sciences promotes student understanding of education, society and the social sciences alongside consideration of their own educational journey, to effectively prepare them for degree level study. It sees personal reflection, growth and high levels of student determination as essentials. It provides a supportive learning environment which develops confidence, intellectual curiosity in tandem with the ability to manage working as a member of a team as well as autonomously. The programme emphasises non-formal adult learning and democratic development on an individual and community level.

Students apply for a named foundation year degree but can swap onto other degrees within the Foundation Year route in the course of the year, if the subject agrees.

Further Information

For further information regarding years 2, 3 and 4 of this course please visit the 3 year degree course details. Working with Children, Young People and Families BA (Hons)

Why study Working with Children, Young People and Families?

Supporting children, young people and vulnerable families is an increasingly high profile area of social policy.

This course is one of a small number of Honours degree level programmes designed to give you the knowledge and skills to understand the social, economic, educational, political and cultural issues and barriers facing children, young people and families, particularly in socially disadvantaged areas.

Professionals working with children and young people are increasingly required to have formal qualifications recognising their expertise in these areas.

What does the course cover?

The course looks at social and education policy, and gives you a thorough understanding of the roles and responsibilities of agencies working with children and families including the Children’s Workforce Development Council, Social Services, Local Education Authorities, schools, third sector organisations and the Police. You will examine child development and issues surrounding childhood, family relationships and the psychology of the family and child. You will explore how society views childhood, and the challenging issues facing children and young people today, with specific reference to the experiences of children in past decades. 

You will study legislation relating to education, child protection and welfare, health, and diversity. As multi-agency working is essential for the effective support of children and families you will study and evaluate models of inter-agency working, best practice in this area, professional working and collaborative operating. The complex issue of sharing and managing information, including data protection issues, will also be an important area of study. You will understand why such policies are required and how practices designed to protect vulnerable children can become potential barriers to effective collaboration, and how these barriers can be overcome. A major theme throughout the course will be listening to children and young people, making services responsive and developing strategies to enhance children’s and young people’s participation.

What makes this course distinctive?

The tutors on this course have significant experience of public policy and practice. Many are leading experts in their field with national and international profiles in the area. The course provides an opportunity to cover a range of issues and you will be encouraged to develop an area of particular expertise. 

All single and combined Honours students at Newman undertake relevant placements as part of their degree, therefore full-time students can gain valuable work experience in a relevant setting and apply the theoretical knowledge gained on the course to real-life scenarios under the supervision of experienced practitioners. Relevant work experience at a high level is essential for people intending to develop their careers in this area. This is why this course has been designed to enable you to gain experience throughout your studies, which will be useful when you are seeking positions after graduation. For part-time students already working in the field the degree ensures that you are aware of the latest developments, cases and practices, and are able to relate this information to your current role or career aspirations.

How will I be assessed?

The course offers a variety of assessment to suit the experience of the module studied, and will include essays, presentations and case studies. Part-time students will relate their studies to their existing roles.

What careers can I consider after this degree?

A wide range of careers are available across a number of environments such as education, health and social care in the public, private and third sectors. Although not a social work degree, the issues covered on this course would be suitable for people considering gaining postgraduate qualifications to become a social worker. Youth work, social policy development, outreach work and working with children are also potential careers for graduates of this degree.

It is intended that graduates from this course will develop into managers working in education, health, or social care capable of dealing with multi-agency working with a range of knowledge and inter-personal skills.

Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

All students begin by applying through UCAS. Students will ideally require 48-80 UCAS points to access the programme. However, as all applicants will be invited to interview, there is opportunity to discuss any circumstances that may have affected the gaining of level three credits.

Those with considerable work and life experience of a complexity that demonstrates an aptitude to study at degree level, but with no formal qualifications, will also be accepted. Different degree pathway options available at the end of the Foundation year have different additional entry requirements.

Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to enter particular routes will need to meet these by the time they complete the year. 
Working with Children, Young People and Families BA (Hons)

If you require any further information or clarification of entry requirements please contact our friendly, helpful Admissions department, who will be happy to help.


Fees per academic year: 2017/18* 
Fees are currently £4,560 for the Foundation Year 0 and are funded through the government loan scheme (effectively meaning people undertake a four year degree).

Fees for the following three years are currently £9,250 per year. Please go to the standard 3 year degree page for details.
Counselling Studies and Working with Children, Young People and Families BA (Hons)

* Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance and Scholarship information

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year.  For more information on your DBS application please click here.

Working with Children, Young People and Families (BA Hons) with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year

The foundational modules Studentship, Education and Society (1) & (2) go across the programme, examining what is needed to be successful in higher education including one’s personal disposition towards learning. These work through student’s experiences of formal assessment such as exams, reading academically and academic writing conventions, to help develop strategies in overcoming barriers to effective engagement. Concurrently students will undertake the module Foundations of Social Sciences. This explores the relevance of philosophy, politics, sociology, psychology and economics, and applied social science such as sports science, criminology and health to student’s everyday lives.

In the second semester and in tandem with the second Studentship module, students undertake two projects. In Understanding and Exploring Society, students apply what they have learnt to the real world. Students then investigate and make a case for studying on the subsequent course they wish to study. This involves undertaking both desk based research and interviews with lecturers and current students, as well as undertaking direct experience of the teaching conducted across at least two courses within the pathway.

For course content for years 2,3, and 4 of this course please visit the 3yr full-time degree page
Working with Children, Young People and Families BA(Hons)



Course code


Course Code: L54F
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