This top-up degree is designed for people working or volunteering with children, young people and families, who are keen to develop a deeper understanding of their work.
Building on your Foundation Degree or previous experience, the degree focuses on the interaction between professional practice, work-based research and current policy within the sector.
Part-time study allows you to fit study alongside work and family commitments. You’ll be taught by friendly, supportive staff, experienced in working with adult learners and with substantial professional experience in the sector. Our student support service offers advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events throughout your studies.
Our Child and Family Studies BA can help you develop in your present employment or access a diverse range of careers, including primary school teaching, social work, youth work and other family services through postgraduate progression routes.
Is this course for me?
You’ll consider theoretical perspectives and approaches along with the key professional and policy developments within the sector. The emphasis on reflective practice will help foster a deeper understanding of your own professional development and the impact on your practice of the professional standards framework. Work experience and continuing engagement with your workplace are key elements of the course.
We know that many mature and part-time students face unique challenges, including balancing academic study with family and employment commitments. For that reason, the Lifelong Learning Centre provides specialist guidance, advice and support to mature and part-time students, from pre-application right through to graduation and beyond.
The course runs one afternoon a week so you can fit in study alongside your work and other commitments.
If you're interested in studying full-time you may also be interested in the Child and Family Studies specialist pathway available through our Professional Studies BA programme.