The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Family and Community Studies

Why choose this course?

The Family and Community Studies degree will develop the skills and knowledge required for a range of careers working with young people, families and the communities where they live. There is an increasing need for graduates to work in the field of family support and community work as well as increasing opportunities to work directly with young people and this course is designed to prepare you for these roles.

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 family support teams, charities, youth groups, and voluntary organisations.

What happens on the course?

You will explore issues around risk and consider how social policy impacts on young people and family life. In addition you will study wider topics including identity, power and diversity and investigate how the media influences the way we think about families and communities.

In addition you will analyse how inequality can be tackled, widen your perspective on children’s rights, and explore youth culture and identity. In addition you will focus on how communities can be supported and investigate issues relating to vulnerable groups within society.

You will have the opportunity to link what you are learning in your modules to practical experience either within your own workplace or within your placement setting and have the opportunity to support community projects.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The teaching team are from a range of professional backgrounds including education, health professions, social work and youth work and are all actively involved in research
  • You can choose which age group you wish to focus on depending on your personal interests and career aspirations
  • There will be an opportunity for you to have placement experience in an ‘educare’ setting

What our students think

“this course will prepare students for a number of roles supporting families and really will enable them undertake a wide range of roles in the community” Family support Manager

Career path

Due to changes in services for children there are now a number of professional roles within the community that are focused on supporting families and working with young people. These roles include Parent Support Advisors, Family Support Workers as well as more specialised roles including Domestic Violence Advisors and Refuge Centre workers.

Teaching and learning is designed to support digital literacy through use of a range of online tools, such as virtual learning environments and e-portfolios, and students are encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with their ideas.

  • There are a range of employment options in community settings, social work and family support teams, youth work, charities or work within voluntary organisations.
  • In addition you could work within local authorities or the criminal justice system.

· You may also go into teaching, lecturing or research in the field of Family and Community Studies

  • You could choose to apply for a Master’s Degree in Social Work or other post-graduate courses.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance and challenges of working with young people and families.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the approaches for working with young people, their families and the communities where they live.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of issues in relation to rights, diversity, equity and inclusion in relation to working with children, young people and families.
  • Be aware of, analyse and make critical judgments about key concepts, theories, new principles and issues of policy in a systematic and enterprising way.
  • Reflect on your own value system and identify future learning and professional goals.
  • Communicate clearly a wide range of theoretical positions to a range of audiences using appropriate media and technologies in order to develop your digital literacy.

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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