Undergraduate study

Course overview

You will benefit from this course if you are an adult working with children over the age of six up to young people in their 20s. Student settings include:

  • primary and secondary schools (teaching assistants and mentors)
  • residential care, foster parents, youth justice projects, sports coaches, creative arts experts, fire and rescue services, health promotion
  • voluntary sector youth work such as scouts and guides
  • further education college staff in teaching and support roles
  • youth and play support workers in voluntary and statutory organisations.

This programme is a practical way for you to complete a degree-level qualification following study on the FdA Working with Children and Young People linked to your workplace practice. It is also a progression route if you have built up a series of NQF 4 and 5 courses and wish to complete a degree.

It addresses the learning needs of those who work with children and young people who are into and above the primary phase of education, and whose roles are more focused on the child and young person than the curricular processes. The dialogue in the learning programme between staff and the wide range of students - some of whom work with six-year-olds and some with 25-year-olds - demonstrates the commonality of purpose and the benefits of insights from research and theory across this developmental period in the lives of children and young people.

The course also provides the community and youth workforce with a degree-level qualification, so is particularly suitable for students with a JNC diploma in Youth and Community, who want to gain a degree.


Course details

The programme aims to provide you with the opportunity to:

  • develop a deep understanding of young people's lives
  • develop your reflective practice in work with children and young people
  • provide you with a progression route for after a foundation degree, or equivalent studies, in the area of work with children and young people.

Course structure

Core modules

Education, Identity and Society

You explore and engage critically with the role of education in society and its relation to the reproduction of social inequalities. You are informed by up-to-date research and develop your understanding of the impacts and consequences of existing education provision and policy, exploring it in relation to areas such as class, ethnicity and gender; and how these areas may reflect and add to social difference, divisions and inequalities in society. As well as exploring sociological research, you also explore relevant social policy, broadening the scope for the overall critical approach.
You are assessed by an essay.

Ethics in Work with Children and Young People

What is ‘good work with children and young people?’ This module links your practice to the national and international codes of ethics, and shows you ways of improving explanations of the choices made by the adults who work with children and young people.

Evaluating Work with Children and Young People

Careful analysis of effective practice requires good use of data and a clear overview of what is going on in a project. This module helps you design and carry out an evaluation of your organisation.
You are assessed by a report and essay.

Individual Practice Project

The individual practice project gives you the opportunity to define your own research topic, working on it over an extended period of time. It allows you to draw together the learning from all other modules and to use your working practices to help others learn.
The module is designed to facilitate the development of a range of skills that will enable you to independently research an area of professional concern. There will be tutor support available to assist in this process and you will also be encouraged to reflect upon the vocational and other work skills you have developed whilst undertaking the dissertation work.

Planning Research in Education

This module enables you to understand the place and importance of research in the field of education, and prepares you for the completion of an individual action research project.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You will join a small group of people who also work with children and young people to study on Wednesday evenings together. Lectures and seminars will open up youth studies, ethics and organisational evaluation. Library resources and your own study and research will develop your assessments and above all your dissertation.

How you are assessed

You will be assessed by essay, reflective studies on work settings and a dissertation-length project.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Successful completion of a Foundation Degree in Working with Children and Young People, or similar study at NQF Level 5
• Significant experience in working with children and young people
• An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check) is required for this course

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Work with children and young people requires people with degrees. This programme can provide the progression stepping stone to postgraduate study to professional qualification as a teacher or youth worker.



  • Not available full-time


2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£4,500 (120 credits)
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  • Length: 1 year
  • Attendance: Wednesday evening, 5.00pm - 9.00pm, Teesside University Middlesbrough campus
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342312
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