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Working with Children, Young People & Families and International Social Work (with Foundation Year)

Newman University, Birmingham

UCAS Course code L544


Newman University has developed an innovative foundation year for their social science degrees. The pre-degree year of this four year course, if passed, leads into the same study programme as the 3 year honours degree course in Working with Children, Young People and Families.

This foundation year enables those unable to access the traditional UCAS tariff requirements for a three year degree, an alternative route into beginning and ultimately gaining an honours degree.

A dual award single honours degree from Neman University and the University of Applied Social Science, Ludwigsberg, Germany. The programme gives you the opportunity to study in the UK and Germany including an international placement. The chance to look at issues around children and young people from an international perspective. No need to speak another language before the start of the programme- all teaching is in English. The programme is 4 and a half years long with two semesters spent in Germany. No additional fees are payable and you will be able to apply for financial support for your time in Germany.

This programme is aimed specifically towards those who would like to work with and support vulnerable children, young people and families. As a subject area, it draws on many different topics such as social science, politics, history, law and ideas about good practice.

There is an increasing demand for professionals with the knowledge and skills to understand social, economic, educational, cultural and political challenges faced by children, young people and families – with a particular focus on those in socially disadvantaged areas. You will gain a theoretical underpinning to develop good practice in important areas such as safeguarding and work-related learning. You will have the opportunity to implement your knowledge in a real world
environment during a work placement, which gives important graduate level work experience.

You will study legislation which concerns health and diversity, child protection and welfare and education. The handling of information and collaborative working is of utmost importance and you will gain a greater understanding of how this is carried out in a practical sense, where multi-agency collaboration is required.

Throughout your studies, you will focus in particular on listening to children and young people, and responding to those interactions to directly shape and influence the services and strategies that they are a part of, making a positive contribution to society.

Our course is one of the longest established in the country and continuously produces high quality graduates.
The department treats students as equals and operates an open door approach; staff are available to share feedback and offer personal tutoring.
Staff members are from backgrounds of professional practice experience in their particular area of specialism.
You will work with a bank of highly regarded resources, many of which are textbooks published by our own academic staff.
The WCYPF/International Social Work course has two semesters at the University of Applied Social Sciences, Ludwigsberg, Germany. All teaching is in English and the degree confers an international qualification option in Applied Social Work with a seventh semester.

This course will prepare you for a number of career pathways which include social work, children’s counselling, support workers, youth workers and pastoral schools work. Teaching is another path which can be pursued via further study of a PGCE at postgraduate level.

Award: BA
Professional Qualification
4 Years Full Time
Taught in English

Entry requirements

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