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Working with Children & Young People BA(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time L590 2017

Why choose this course?

This degree is ideal if you are committed to working with children, young people and their families. It offers a unique course of study, enabling you to investigate which area you are best suited to. When you graduate, you will be well-positioned for careers in social work, social care, early years, nursing, youth justice, teaching or law.

What you will study

You will study different approaches to working creatively and positively with children, young people, families and carers, within a social pedagogy ethos.

Year 1 develops knowledge and transferable practice skills relevant for future career development. You will learn theories and concepts of human growth, development and life transitions, and will gain awareness of ethics and diversity. An important element throughout Year 1 is guidance and teaching on the development of the personal and professional self. You will also develop an understanding of the different professionals and services for children and young people.

In Year 2 you will develop an in-depth social pedagogic knowledge, an understanding of children's law and rights, and the importance of safeguarding. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a practice placement in a relevant setting or study abroad in a European institution.

Year 3 will inform your future career through work placement opportunities. You will develop a deep understanding of the research, systems and professional practice that impacts children's lives.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module is designed to introduce students to the roles of different key professionals within the children's and young people's workforce to develop an appreciation of the complexities involved with multi-agency practice.  There will be a focus on the importance on building and developing authentic relationships with children, young people, parents, families and carers. It is an interactive module which includes skills workshops and involvement from service users, carers and representatives from partner agencies. Students learn about the role and tasks of practitioners and develop professional skills in verbal and written communication within a range of children and young people contexts. They have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on their on their communication skills, and engage in simulated activities in the Practice Learning Suite. Students are required to engage with different professionals and settings, as part of the module in order to apply their communication skills and reflect on the roles of professionals and the services offered to children.

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  • The module provides students with an understanding of human growth and development by reviewing theoretical perspectives and research regarding infant, child, adolescent and adult development across the life course. This module will provide students with an understanding of the concepts of relationships within families, and issues of progression at different stages of life, identity and the life worlds. The module draws on theory and practice from a variety of perspectives including the main schools of thought in psychology and sociology.  The module also examines the key research methods employed in the social sciences and encourages students to develop an analytical and critical approach to learning in preparation for professional practice.

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  • This module provides an introduction to developing awareness of issues of diversity, values and ethics. There is an emphasis upon participatory learning through class debate, workshop and seminar activities.  These experiences are supported by lectures that introduce the main tenets and theories.  The module begins by exploring power, inequality and diversity within society, encouraging students to consider their own social location and its different intersections.  The initial focus is on the personal. This shifts to exploring personal and professional values and ethics as learning progresses. The focus is on developing a greater awareness of one's values in situations where there are ethical dilemmas to resolve. This module links to the tutorial support programme.

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  • This module introduces students to a range of tools that will enable them to develop a clearer sense of their personal and professional selves, as preparation to entering the children's and young people's workforce. There will be a focus on the importance of building and developing authentic relationships with colleagues on the course, and with children, young people, their parents, and carers. It is an interactive module which includes small group workshops. Students use creative tools   to develop critical skills in active listening, in speaking authentically, and in giving and receiving verbal and written feedback. They have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on written work and on their communication skills; to engage in simulated activities in the Practice Learning Suite. Students are asked to undertake relevant volunteering opportunities as part of the module in order to apply and reflect on their communication skills. They will have the opportunity of contributing a written piece for an anthology which will be published online by the University.

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Year 2

  • This module will enable students to analyse and reflect on the concept of children and young people's rights and the extent to which they are able to realise these rights. The module will use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 as a framework to consider the rights of children and young people and the responsibilities of the state in enabling the realisation of these rights. It will focus on different theoretical and practical perspectives which enable rights to be realised and how these perspectives relate to the work of every profession in the children's workforce. The module will also take a comparative approach by considering the realisation of children and young people's rights in an international context.

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  • This module examines professional and legal responsibilities in terms of safeguarding and protection of children and young people. Students are encouraged to identify strategies that may impact on interprofessional policies and procedures relating to safeguarding and protection. They will explore how effective communication supports effective practice in working together inter-professionally with children and young people.

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  • This module will introduce the principles, theories and approaches of 'social pedagogy', exploring its relevance and applications in the European as well as UK context .. Students will learn how the 'social pedagogue' uses a range of practical, educational, therapeutic and creative skills and methods in a variety of settings, including  institutional care, special educational needs, youth and community work, and social work. There will be a particular focus on the role of social pedagogues in empowering and giving a voice to children and young people. Students will be encouraged to develop a relationship-based and reflective approach to professional practice. 

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  • This module provides students with the opportunity to gain practical learning experience of working locally and internationally within a range of children and young people contexts. Students will gain an insight into the approaches and practices used within the placement setting. Students will have the opportunity to enhance and develop their knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches and work practices in the children and young peoples' workforce. Students will be expected to engage in dialogue with professionals in the setting to inform their learning and critically reflect upon their practice experience and the frameworks that underpin diverse practice.  Students will normally be able to select from a range of options for their practice experience. This will include both international and local placements as well as the opportunity for volunteering and experiential visits.

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Year 3

  • This module explores the impact of research, factors and systems that affect children and young people. It explores current issues and dilemmas facing a range of professionals working with children and young people, including Social workers Nurses, teachers and Early Years Practitioners. In this module, students will explore different strategies to support children and young people in the context of their life experience.

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  • This module enables students to explore opportunities and career pathways in working with children and young people and provides them with further practical experience during a six week placement.  The module aims to provide students with the skills to develop knowledge about specific jobs and career paths for working with children and young people and then the ability to apply these skills to investigate other possible careers. Students are permitted to find their own work experience/ placement, should they wish to or a placement will be found for them. This experience will enable them to critically analyse potential career paths in working with children and young people.  The module also aims to prepare students for life after university and the taking up of employment.  

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  • This final year capstone project allows students to synthesise and apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired throughout the course by undertaking an in-depth study of a particular area of interest to them personally which is relevant to working with children, young people and carers. In this study students will demonstrate creativity, curiosity, and academic rigour and show critical application of the theory and their understanding of research and evidence based practice in order to suggest practical strategies that can be employed in working with children, young people and carers.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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