Working with Children, Young People and Families

BA (Hons)
Entry 2017: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS code: L590
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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The degree is suitable for anyone already working with children and families, or for anyone leaving secondary education and wanting to start a career in working with children.

This course looks at the social policy and legislative backdrop in relation to children and families.

You will study legislation relating to education, child protection and health, the roles and responsibilities of agencies working with young children and families, and the importance of multi-agency working.

An understanding of the importance of diversity is central to the course.

Above all else, the course is designed to impart practice skills in working with children, young people and families.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is a collaboration between the University and key employers in social care and the children’s care sectors

Why Bradford?

You will be introduced to a range of practice skills including play therapy, task-centred work, family therapy, role play and communication skills.

We recognise that experience in a social care setting can be helpful both in making the link between the theories you will be learning in university and practice, and also in finding a job after graduation. The University supports you in finding suitable voluntary work.

You may opt to undertake an assessed placement in Year Two – this module will enable you to develop key skills relevant to the world of graduate employment and enable you to link theory to practice.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

112 UCAS tariff points to include 64 points from two A-levels or equivalent.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 104 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Academic, Personal and Professional Developmentcore
Communication Skills: Children and Familiescore
Introduction to Psychologycore
Introduction to Sociologycore
Transition and Development in Children and Young Peoplecore
Values and Ethicscore
Year 2
British Welfare Statecore
Children and Interagency Workcore
Effective Interventions with Children and Familiescore
Research and Evaluationcore
Learning from Practiceoption
Mental Healthoption
University Electiveoption
Year 3
Childcare Lawcore
Organisations and Professional Developmentcore
Living in a Sustainable Societyoption
Service Users’ and Carers’ Perspectives in Social Work and Social Careoption
The Social Psychology of Intergroup Relationsoption
Understanding Culture and Societyoption
Understanding Social and Personal Identitiesoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.


You may opt to undertake a placement in Year Two.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

88.5% of our 2015 graduates in Working with Children, Young People and Families found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Jobs that you may consider applying for after graduation include: family support worker, community development worker, extended schools co-ordinator, play leader, community care support worker, advice worker (e.g. housing advice), mentor and career adviser. You may choose to apply for a higher-level degree after graduation, for example, MA Social Work here at Bradford or a Postgraduate Certificate in FE Teaching.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Working with Children, Young People and Families graduates was £18,933.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £14,250

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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