BA (Hons) Working With Children and Young People (Top Up)

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Awarded by: University of Hull
Course code: Y574
Course Level: Level 6
Location: High Melton
Hours p/w: 4, plus 4 hours E-Learning
Duration: 18 months part-time
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The aim of this degree is to provide a suitable qualification for those wishing to work in a variety of childhood settings and children's services. It will develop highly skilled, flexible and creative practitioners that are able to meet the challenges presented by change and innovation in their professional context. You will study modules that will help you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding and implement this in a work context.

This course is primarily a progression route for students who have studied either a Foundation Degree or an HND in either Working with Children and Young People or a relevant course in an allied field such as early years. It is structured to enable you to attain the qualification of BA (Hons) in 18 months. It will also be of interest to professionals working in children’s centres and schools, children’s charities, educational and welfare support officers, pastoral support workers and learning support officers.

The programme brings together the theoretical knowledge of working with children and young people, understanding of relevant legislation and a reflective practice aspect which is grounded in your own professional setting and experience.

The programme will provide you with some academically challenging ideas and help you link your practice with theoretical perspectives. Study for this degree will involve face-to-face classes in the evenings, together with more flexible forms of study. This combination will help you to fit your study around work and family responsibilities, the actual study load will depend on your knowledge and experience of working with children and young people in professional settings. You should expect to spend on average about 17 hours per week working on the course. This time will include background reading, work based practice discussion and reflecting on what you are learning.

Course Content and Structure

Industry involvement

Employers currently connected with the course:

  • NHS
  • Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council Youth Service
  • Primary and Secondary Schools
  • Private early years settings
  • Youth Offending Team

This Top-Up degree covers a range of topics, which are relevant to working with children and young people.

Year one

  • Rights of the Child
  • Leading and Managing in Children and Young People’s Organisations
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • Supporting Children and Young People in Context

Year two

  • Dissertation


You will be assessed using a range of techniques such as essays, report writing and presentations on a modular basis.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Foundation Degree Working with Children and Young People- 240 CATS points
  • Foundation Degree/HND in relevant area such as Education, Early Years Study
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria, but we would expect to see evidence of continuing academic and/or professional development and a capacity to pursue the course successfully.

You must also have relevant and current practice of working with children and young people and have completed your probationary period with your employer. You must also possess an approved disclosure (police check).

If your application is successful, you may be invited to attend an interview to discuss your ability and suitability for the course.

Progression Routes

Potential careers

Potential jobs Expected salary
Deputy Manager of Children's Centre £24,000
Family Support Worker £21,000
Outreach Worker £21,000
Senior Room Leader £13-16,000
Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioner in Children's Centre £12-14,000
Early Years Professional Status £14-16,000
Higher Level Teaching Assistant £12,000 +
Teacher Training GTTR £15,000
Lecturer in Further Education £21-25,000

This degree is suitable for those wishing to pursue a career in social work using the postgraduate route.

You may choose to continue your studies to postgraduate level with the MA Education, Innovation and Enterprise, or a PGCE. Alternatively, you may wish to apply for the RTP (registered teacher programme), or choose to enter the world of work.

Essential Qualifications Revision Programmes

Revision programmes are available for undergraduates and graduates who require GCSE equivalency qualifications in Maths, English and Science or who need to refresh their current knowledge in order to pass Key Skills Tests for entry onto Initial Teacher Training programmes.


If you are unsure which course is the right one for you, please contact us further information and guidance.

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