Working with Children, Young People and Families and Education 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 and Education.

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 and Education BA (Hons)


Why study this course?

Working with Children, Young People & Families and Education Studies is a popular course combination for those interested in working in the education sector and leads to a wide range of career opportunities.

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.

Education Studies has a broad appeal to a wide range of prospective students whose interests include education, teaching, and training in other employment contexts. In exploring contemporary educational issues, the course offers an excellent basis for postgraduate teacher training. The course is not, however, restricted exclusively to ‘school–based’ issues. Through the taught modular programme students will work across a range of themes such a social justice, globalisation and sustainability, and management of change. These will be of particular interest to those students whose aspirations lie in other educational environments - such as youth, community and charity work, NGOs, and training and development.

What does the course cover?

Education is studied from the perspective of the individual learner, within systems of formal education and informal contexts. The course is designed to give you a ‘rounded’ understanding of education through an interdisciplinary study of the philosophy, psychology and sociology of education. You will have the opportunity to consider education and equality, special educational needs, creativity in education and the impact of new technologies on education.

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

Employers are interested in candidates that can demonstrate putting their knowledge and skills gained at university into practice. A key feature of our undergraduate degrees at Newman is a compulsory work-related module which not only provides you with valuable graduate level experience of work within an area you may be considering for a career, but is a key asset when applying for jobs.

How will I be assessed?

The course uses a variety of assessments to help develop a range of different skills from traditional essay and report writing to presentations, analysis tasks, web design, reflective logs and research projects. Your assessments serve a vital role in helping you gain the skills that employers need and our diverse assessment strategy helps ensure you have a range of skills.

What careers can I consider?

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 or teaching degree, the issues covered on this course would be suitable for people considering gaining postgraduate qualifications in teaching or social work. Youth work, social policy development, outreach work and working with children are also potential careers for graduates of this degree. Graduates from this course could take on management roles in education, health, or social care, and would be capable of dealing with multi-agency working.

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


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.
Working with Children, Young People and Families and Education 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.

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 and Education 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 and Education BA(Hons)


Course code


Course Code: L542

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