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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:L550
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

Make a real difference to the lives of children and young people, families and communities, on a course that equips you to have an impact locally, nationally and globally.

This course combines practical experience and research-informed theory to provide you with a thorough, current understanding of the needs of children and young people. You explore child development and child welfare as well as social policies and legislative frameworks. This includes the right to equal access to services and life opportunities regardless of social difference.

In your second and third years, you can choose from a range of optional units in areas such as mental health, disability and youth violence. In your final year, you also undertake an independent research project, supported by our Social Sciences team, all of whom are actively involved in research themselves.

Why choose this course?

  • Gain the practical skills and knowledge you need for a career working with children, young people and families
  • Learn from staff with professional practice experience in youth work, counselling, teaching and working with looked-after children
  • Study with academics who have research expertise in areas such as child protection, alternative education and school exclusion, mentoring and coaching, safeguarding, and sexual exploitation
  • Benefit from opportunities offered by the University of Bedfordshire’s new Health & Social Care Academy, run in partnership with local councils and NHS Trusts, to recruit, train and develop health and social care workers
  • Be able to recognise and challenge discrimination, oppression and inequality across a range of services
  • There’s the option to take the course over four years and include a year’s placement in industry (see below), allowing you to gain practical skills, build your CV and make contacts
  • If you need to step up into higher education, start with a Foundation Year (see below) which guarantees entry to the undergraduate degree
  • The course can lead into careers in education, social work and welfare, youth and community work or postgraduate study
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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more.

The campus where this course is taught

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.


A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


Units

  • Career Planning For Social Scientists (ASS102-1) Compulsory
  • Developing Academic Skills (ASS086-1) Compulsory
  • Human Growth And Development Across The Lifespan (ASS087-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Research And Social Enquiry (ASS100-1) Compulsory
  • Narratives Of Childhood And Youth (ASS105-1) Compulsory
  • Working With People (ASS088-1) Compulsory
  • Perceptions And Discourses Of Childhood (ASS033-2) Compulsory
  • Research 1: Collecting Data (ASS110-2) Compulsory
  • Research 2: Exploring Data (ASS113-2) Compulsory
  • The Social Sciences At Work (ASS099-2) Compulsory
  • Working Together: Multi-Agency Approaches To Risk And Assessment In Child Welfare (ASS115-2) Compulsory
  • Addictions And Society (ASS106-2) Optional
  • Disability In Childhood: Critical Perspectives On Policy And Practice (ASS062-2) Optional
  • Gangs And Serious Youth Violence (ASS067-2) Optional
  • Identity Inequality And Difference (ASS059-2) Optional
  • Mental Health And Society (ASS091-2) Optional
  • Child Protection And Safeguarding: The Contexts Of Vulnerability (ASS009-3) Compulsory
  • Independent Project In Child And Adolescent Studies (ASS116-3) Compulsory
  • Childhoods In Global Context (ASS023-3) Optional
  • Special Educational Needs And Challenging Behaviour In Schooling (ASS133-3) Optional
  • The Lived Experiences Of Children And Young People In Diverse Family And Social Circumstances (ASS135-3) Optional
  • Violence In Modern Society (ASS148-3) Optional
  • Youth Justice: Models And Approaches (ASS137-3) Optional

The assessments will develop across the course and will allow you to gain skills and acquire knowledge, receive feedback on your progress that will allow you to implement knowledge and feedback into further assessments.

For example, at level four the learning of the skill of report/essay writing will take place before you write your first essay or report.

At level five and six assessment will allow you to demonstrate your understanding and the application of relevant and up to date knowledge to the field of children and young people's services.

The assessment methods used across the course include:

  • Written assignments - these will vary in style and will include essays, reports, reflective accounts as well as other written tasks that we will prepare for you.
  • In-class tests - allowing you to apply and use the theory and knowledge that you have gained through your studies. This will include multiple choice tests.
  • Oral and Poster presentations - to allow you to demonstrate verbal and presentation skills through sharing information and knowledge with others in innovative ways.
  • Group work - will allow you to demonstrate skills of research and communication in a group, it will help you to develop your skills for collaborative and multi-agency working and group management. Although you work in a group you will be assessed on an individual basis and will receive an individual grade.
  • The final year Dissertation - provides two pathways; you will undertake either a project or a research dissertation This allows you to undertake project in a community-based organisation or undertake research (primary or secondary). Both options will require you to demonstrate your ability to
    develop and deliver a self -directed, complex and solution focused task drawing on the skills and knowledge gained in your course.
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Why Study in the School of Applied Social Sciences?

  • Courses developed in partnership with practice agencies
  • Our research involving robots, shows that they can improve mental health and loneliness in the elderly
  • Part of the SASS change makers initiative

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team


The course equips students for roles and career progression in education, social work and social welfare, family and youth and community work. Our graduates are equipped to understand and apply their knowledge of key theories, debates and the latest research to inform practice.

Our focus on employability throughout the degree course means that we support you in developing a portfolio of practical skills that will enhance your career prospects.

Graduates from this course can move on to professional accreditation courses to become a teacher, a social worker or a JNC accredited youth worker or undertake further academic study at Masters level.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

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Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student