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Start Dates: Feb,Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day | Part-time evening
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, allowing you to gain practical skills, build your CV and make contacts
  • The course can lead into careers in education, social work and welfare, youth and community work or postgraduate study
Hear from Roma Thomas, Senior Lecturer and course coordinator

Hear from Yarun, a recent graduate of the course

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.


Units

  • Developing Academic Skills (ASS086-1) Compulsory
  • Human Growth And Development Across The Lifespan (ASS087-1) Compulsory
  • Narratives Of Childhood (EDC048-1) Compulsory
  • Sociology And Social Policy In Practice (ASS092-1) Compulsory
  • The Legislative Framework For Professional Practice (ASS090-1) Compulsory
  • Working With People (ASS088-1) Compulsory
  • Multi-Agency Working (ASS069-2) Compulsory
  • Perceptions And Discourses Of Childhood (ASS033-2) Compulsory
  • Researching, Representing And Evidencing The Social World (ASS081-2) Compulsory
  • The Social Sciences At Work (ASS099-2) Compulsory
  • Addictions And Society (ASS106-2) Optional
  • Child Welfare: Perspectives On And Approaches To Risk Management (ASS060-2) Optional
  • Disability In Childhood: Critical Perspectives On Policy And Practice (ASS062-2) Optional
  • Mental Health And Society (ASS091-2) Optional
  • Young People, Gangs And Group Offending (ASS067-2) Optional
  • Child Protection And Safeguarding: Critically Analysing Policy And Practice (ASS009-3) Compulsory
  • Independent Project In Child And Adolescent Studies (ASS116-3) Compulsory
  • Childhoods In Global Context (ASS023-3) Optional
  • Comparative Youth Justice: Ideology, Policy And Practice (ASS013-3) Optional
  • Innovation And Service Development In Practice (ASS061-3) 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

A range of appropriate and effective assessments will enable you to demonstrate your acquisition of knowledge and skills. 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 you for. - Examinations: These will be a range of multiple choice computer examinations at level four demonstrating subject knowledge. Throughout your three years there will also be a number of in-class tests allowing you to apply and use the theory and knowledge that you have gained through your studies. - Oral and Poster presentations that demonstrate verbal and presentation skills through sharing information and knowledge with others in innovative ways. Group work will allow you to demonstrate your skills of research in a group, it will developing your skills in collaborative and multi-agency working and group management. Even though you will be working in a group you will be assessed on an individual basis. The Dissertation allowing you to undertake a complex research project and communicate knowledge, findings and recommendations demonstrating your ability to implement and deliver a self directed, complex and solution focused task. 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 have to 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. Working in groups is an important attribute and as part of the assessment process you will work in groups with others. However, your contribution will be individually graded and you will receive a grade based on your contribution to the assessed group work. Assessment will be a part of the learning process in order to develop your knowledge and skills in order to become a highly effective practitioner by the end of your studies.

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 2020/21 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 2020/21 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 2020/21 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

Clicking this card will take you to /howtoapply/money/extra-costs/

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 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 2020/21 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 2020/21 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