The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Childhood and Family Studies and Social Policy

Why choose this course?

The Childhood and Family Studies and Social Policy degree will develop the skills and knowledge required for a range of careers working with children, their families and the services that support them, in both education and social contexts.

The course is suitable for people new to this area or experienced staff searching for career development.

Work experience placements are an integral part of the course and can be negotiated in a variety of settings such as schools, nurseries, community care centres, hospitals, social services, libraries and other relevant settings.

Teaching and learning is designed to support digital literacy and students are encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with their ideas. An international perspective is taken to the degree and students will also have the opportunity to learn about how other countries support children and their families.

What happens on the course?

In Year 1, your study will explore how children and young people develop. This will be complemented by a exploration of the development of the post-war welfare state and the associated social change. The programme will also examine child health and safety, play and leisure, diversity issues and what it means to be growing up in the twenty first century as well as exploring underpinning social policy theories of fairness, equity and social justice..

During your second year you will look at families and communities in context and at policy responses to social issues such as poverty, social exclusion, crime, ill health and social care You will also explore theoretical approaches to learning. This year will also give the opportunity to develop research skills that can be applied in level three.

The final year will allow you to analyse how inequality can be tackled through inter-agency working and will widen your perspective on children’s rights. In addition, the course will provide you with a firm grasp of leadership and management techniques. You will also have the opportunity to explore cultural representations of childhood and youth in the media. The year also focuses on the application of theory and practice in social policy, looking at the way that welfare is managed and the joined up nature of policy implementation.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • This course involves work placements at every level of study.
  • The teaching team are from a range of professional backgrounds including education, social work and youth work and are all actively involved in research
  • The combination of subjects provides an interdisciplinary approach which gives the degree flexibility in the job market.

Career path

  • You may go into teaching, lecturing or research in the field of Childhood and Family Studies
  • There are a range of options in community care, family support, play work, youth work, nursery management, children’s charities or work within initiatives such as SureStart.
  • You could also choose to apply for a Master’s Degree in Social Work or gain further qualifications as a play therapist or youth counsellor.
  • Careers in social research, policy writing and community work are all accessible for graduates.

What skills will you gain?

1.To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance and challenges of inter-agency working in order to meet the needs of children, young people and families.

2.To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the expected pattern of children’s development from birth, pedagogical approaches for working with children, young people and families and methods of researching these.

3.To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of issues in relation to rights, diversity, equity and inclusion in relation to working with children, young people and families.

4.To be aware of, analyse and make critical judgements about key concepts, theories, new principles and issues of policy in a systematic way.

5. Apply social policy theories to analyse social needs and policy interventions

6.To be able to communicate clearly a wide range of theoretical positions to a range of audiences using appropriate media and technologies.

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

Other Requirements

Entry to this course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475
Part time # £2,835

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323135

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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