Children & Young People Top-up BA (Hons)

Children & Young People Top-up BA (Hons)

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Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code:L53L

Duration:1 year full time / 18 months part time

Course type:Full Time and Part Time

Fees per year: £7500 Full-time/Part-time - contact HE Admissions Team

Additional costs per year:Travel costs to and from professional placement locations. Students will also be invited to contribute towards field trips. DBS Check - £44

Delivery Method:Face-to-face via Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials


BA (Hons) Children and Young People Top-up validated by Sheffield Hallam University.

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The BA (Hons) Children and Young People – Top-up is designed for people who have completed an FdA or equivalent in a subject related to children and young people and who wish to progress to a higher level studying for a BA (Hons) qualification. This course is aimed at people who are interested in pursuing a career working with children and young people.

This course is available as 1-year full-time or 18-months part-time. The part-time route is aimed at individuals who are currently employed and working with children, young people or families.

Course Content - Year 3

Level 6 Modules:

Research Methods 

This module aims to promote knowledge, understanding and application of research methods applicable to, and appropriate for research to be undertaken within, the Children and Young People’s Workforce. This module supports students to gain the skills and knowledge they require to successfully complete their dissertation.

Major Study

The aim of this module runs across the academic year and is to enable students to develop a research proposal which will plan and implement an in depth study of a problem, issue or area of interest within the Children and Young People’s Workforce.

Global Child 

This module aims to critically compare international perspectives of children, young people and childhood. It will also critically explore the impact of Globalisation on children and young people and associated implications for practice will be critically analysed.

Youth Crime and Justice 

This module critically explores youth justice law, policy and practice. In particular how crime and justice are defined in relation to young people and how professionals work with young people in the criminal justice system.

Critical Issues in Professional Practice 

This module provides the opportunity for students to focus on their chosen profession within the children and young people’s workforce. The aim is to prepare students for a smooth transition to employment by both reflecting on the role of the professional and examination of knowledge of relevant legislation, practice, procedures; reflective practice and examining their chosen career pathway.

Placements and Work Experience

The course has been designed to be responsive to the local employment, social and environmental needs. The team have strong links with a range of employers from across the Children and Young People’s Workforce and Family Support/ Social Care Services.

The Children and Young People Department at UCO has a strong working relationship between key employer stakeholders such as:

  • Director of Children’s Services
  • Head of the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
  • MAHDLO which is the principle provider of Youth Services across Oldham
  • Primary Schools and academies
  • Junior Schools
  • Private day care nurseries
  • Preschool Nurseries
  • Voluntary Sector Youth organisations
  • Private Residential Social Work and Specialist Education Providers
  • Youth Counselling.

These working relationships will provide opportunities for a range of quality Education, Children’s Social Care and Youth Work research placements to meet the diverse demands of students needs to enable students to complete their dissertation in a subject area which is of interest to them.

Local Children and Young People’s Workforce employers and key agencies are periodically invited as guest speakers and for employer engagement events to enhance the academic learning experience at UCO.

What careers can the course lead to?

This course gives graduates the skills and knowledge to embark on their journey in careers across a wide range of roles in the children and young people’s sector, including:

Learning Mentors
Teaching Assistant
Behaviour Support worker
Inclusion Worker
Forest School Practitioner

Health Care Support Worker
Community Children’s Healthcare Worker

Social care
Prevention and Early Intervention Worker
Family Support Worker
Residential Support Worker

Early years
Early Years Practitioner
Nursery Manager
Play Worker
Youth Worker
Probation Worker

Please note some of these career paths require further specialist training.

Teaching and Assessment methods

Students are supported throughout the course to develop their academic and professional skills through a number of teaching and learning strategies:

  • Lectures, including the use of appropriate video material
  • Student-led presentations and seminars
  • Practical workshops, including the use of ICT where relevant
  • Directed reading and discussions of selected texts
  • Paired and group work
  • Blended Learning via VLE, including videos, interactive quizzes, discussion forums
  • Guest speakers
  • Independent study
  • Individual tutorials
  • Field trips.

All students will have access to academic skills tutors through the general campus booking system.

Assessment and Feedback:

The students are supported throughout the course to develop their academic and professional skills. Modules will be weighted across personal, professional, employability, transferable skills to gain a balance of theory, practice and knowledge preparing students for further study and/or employment.

Assessment tasks are linked to the learning outcomes for each module and are completed at selected points within the module. A range of assessment methods will be used for the Top-Up Degree, such as:

  • Reflective essay
  • Report
  • Presentation
  • E-Portfolio
  • Research Proposal
  • Dissertation.
Entry Requirements

Essential 240 Credits at Level 5. FdA or equivalent.

Part time students will be expected to be in current and relevant work or voluntary work with at least one year practical experience working with children and young people, their families and in the community.

DBS clearance will need to be achieved before any research placement can begin. It is expected that PT students will already have a DBS but this will be checked as part of the enrolment process. The DBS will be paid for by the applicant.

Foundation Degree or Similar.

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