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2022/23 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Child and Family Studies

Programme code:BA-PT/C&FSUCAS code:
Duration:2 Years Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Nathan Loynes Contact

Total credits: 120

Entry requirements:

GCSE Maths grade A*- C or 9 - 4 or equivalent

GCSE grades A*/7 - C/4 Maths or equivalent


A FD, DipHE or equivalent qualification in Child and Family Studies or a similar discipline

A qualification at NVQ Level 4 coupled with at least two years’ experience in a senior post working with children, young people or families evidenced through a portfolio of work, an extended piece of writing (to be set after interview)


Applicants must also be engaged in relevant work (paid or voluntary) with a minimum 4 hours contact each week

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Lifelong Learning Centre

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Child and Family Studies Examination Board within the Lifelong Learning Centre

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

The BA in Child and Family Studies is a two year part-time programme for those who work in a paid or voluntary capacity with children, young people and families. The programme serves as a top-up degree for those who already hold a relevant Foundation Degree or Diploma of Higher Education. It is also open to applicants who have qualifications at NVQ level 4 along with at least 2 years experience in a senior post working with children, young people or families evidenced through a portfolio of work, an extended piece of writing and an interview. The professional experience of students and their ongoing work experience are key elements of the degree and in each module engagement with research is grounded and critically examined in relation to practice.

Through the course of the degree, students develop their critical and conceptual understandings of children, young people and families and expand the range of perspectives that inform their thinking and professional practice. This includes exploration of ethical, professional, cultural and global considerations as well as insights from disciplines such as sociology, social policy, health or psychology. Students will also consider ways in which understanding and experience associated with one area of practice can apply to other situations in the field and will strengthen their own professional development through engagement with leadership and management theory. Research is a prominent feature of the programme. Students will encounter the latest academic work and professional practice and will themselves become active researchers through a project in which they will explore a relevant topic of their own choice.

There is a strong emphasis on helping students to develop their research skills and to become more informed reflective practitioners. Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that students are intellectually stretched and helped to become independent inquirers who will continue to develop academically and professionally after graduation. Group sizes are small enough for individuals to engage actively and be well supported by their peers. Members of the LLC staff team are dedicated to helping students with all aspects of their progress and there will be regular one-to-one meetings with each individual to help learners to plan for and achieve their academic and professional goals and to make the most of the opportunities provided by the University.

Methods of assessment are designed to help students to develop their capacity for research and to engage in a critical dialogue between theory and practice. The LLC regards assessment as a key way of enabling students to learn by doing and makes sure that feedback from tutors supports this process.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

LLLC3954Leadership and Management in Work With Children and Families20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LLLC3956Child and Family Studies: Research Methods20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LLLC3958Contemporary Issues and Debates in Child and Family Studies20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates may take 0-20 credits from the following optional module.

LLLC3955Advanced Work-Based Learning20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may take 0-20 credits from the University's Discovery Modules.

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

LLLC3957Dissertation for Child and Family Studies40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Discovery modules:

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:47:14


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