If you have completed a Foundation Degree or diploma in Childhood & Youth or similar, and you are ready to take the logical next step towards gaining a full honours degree whilst continuing in employment, then this course is designed for you. You’ll get an insight into effective management and leadership within the children’s workforce whilst developing your appreciation for complex factors that prevent children from reaching their potential. The learning opportunities you’ll receive will be unique as you study alongside others working or volunteering in a variety of children’s services.
|Academic School:||School of Social Sciences|
|Mode of Study:||Full-time|
|Awarding Institution:||Bishop Grosseteste University|
Applicants will typically have 240 HE credits from a Foundation degree or an HE Diploma in a relevant field of study.
Applicants are expected to have a current (or prospective) voluntary or a paid role in a relevant setting for a minimum of 12 hours per week accumulating to 360 hours per year of study.
Applicants are expected to have three years of experience in a voluntary or paid role working with children, young people and/or families.
Written support from the head teacher/workplace manager in which the applicant works or volunteers
Applicants with alternative qualifications can contact our Admissions team for advice as BGU is committed to widening access and participation and adheres to a strict policy of non-discrimination.
In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for accredited prior learning, AP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit awarded for experiential learning, (AP(E)L). If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However, this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for this.
About The Course
Whilst studying on this course you will have the opportunity to critically evaluate practice through a detailed analysis of the systems, procedures and changes that contribute to your field of study. The course will promote your professional formation as a reflective practitioner, and modules will cover topics such as leading people and teams, promoting quality, new models of practice, and contemporary issues (such as current political and social trends). In addition, the undertaking of an independent research study will support your continuing development toward becoming a leading practitioner within the children and young people’s workforce.
Our BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Childhood & Youth is a flexible qualification covering the broad range of settings and contexts in which services are provided for 8– 19-year-olds. Whilst studying for this course you’ll remain in employment, or as a volunteer, throughout the duration of the course. This course is suitable for staff in local authorities, schools, the NHS, voluntary and third sector who use group work, informal learning and activity, outreach and community work as part of their role; particularly those working with children, young people and adults often identified as hard to reach.
The course also has professional validation by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and recognition by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC); ensuring the degree is quality checked and meets a specific standard. The course and pathway for the achievement of the JNC professional qualification will only apply if you have successfully completed the FdA Professional Studies Childhood and Youth (Youth Work pathway).
This course allows you to study and continue to work. It is a flexible qualification covering the broad range of settings and contexts in which services are provided for 9 – 24-year-olds. Students undertaking the course remain in employment, or as volunteers, over the academic year in the same manner as the Foundation Degree.
The Progression Route offers opportunities to critically evaluate practice through a detailed analysis of the systems, procedures and changes that contribute to your field of study. This course will promote your professional formation as a reflective practitioner and modules will cover topics such as leading people and teams, promoting quality, new models of practice and contemporary issues such as current political and social trends.
In addition, the undertaking of an independent research study will support your continuing development as a leading practitioner within the children’s workforce.
There is a variety of assessment methods which are spread out throughout the academic year. These include a peer-led seminar, essay, a group discussion, portfolio and research report. All assessments allow you to reflect on your practice and theory as you evidence your learning.
Careers & Further Study
Graduate opportunities have enabled our students to attain managerial positions within their sector, to lead practice with their setting. Many go on to further study to become teachers through our PGCE routes or gain a professional status. Those who have completed the BA (Hons) Professional Studies can progress to postgraduate study on the MA in Professional Studies.
Others take on professional roles in areas such as special educational needs, mentoring, subject support, school, family and welfare liaison roles in the wider educational community and with local authorities working with the full range of age groups and sectors.
Studying at BGU is a student centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests. We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.
Fees & Finance
A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.
Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.