Positive Practice with Children & Young People BA (Hons) (Top Up)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: L590
Code: SS3531A14
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Start Dates: september 2020
Term Dates: View term dates
Overview

Our Positive Practice with Children and Young People BA (Hons) Top Up programme is for students who have successfully completed the FdA in Positive Practice with Children & Young People who now wish to specialise at a higher level studying for a BA (Hons) qualification. You will undertake five modules including a dissertation and will be able to specialise in a particular area through option modules. The focus of the course is on recruiting more people to the children's workforce, developing skills for partnership working and developing and enhancing leadership, management and supervision skills within the children and young person's workforce.

You will undertake five modules including a dissertation and will be able to specialise in a particular area through option modules. The focus of the course is on recruiting more people to the children's workforce, developing skills for partnership working and developing and enhancing leadership, management and supervision skills within the children and young person's workforce.

You will complete a common core of 3 compulsory modules accompanied by 2 option modules, all running throughout the year to ensure a planned sustained programme of independent and advanced academic learning and ongoing personal and practice-based development.

There will be some formal input on theories of research and other relevant academic content followed by one-to-one consultation with the student and the employer involved. All other modules will be delivered on a weekly basis up to the end of April to provide students with ongoing input and guidance, with the emphasis remaining on the need for students to become independent and autonomous learners. The general aim of the programme is to develop key transferable skills which are directly relevant to working with children and young people and youth practice generally.

Upon successful completion of the course typical careers our graduates have gone on to include becoming a Social Worker or Teaching (both following an additional period of study) as well as work as Counsellors, Outreach Workers, Youth and Community Workers as well as securing positions with organisations such as the Hope Centre, Preston. Postgraduate study is also encouraged at the end of the course and some graduates choose to continue their studies at Masters level on a range of programmes.

What will I study?

Students will complete a common core of 3 compulsory Modules accompanied by 2 option Modules, all running throughout the year to ensure a planned sustained programme of independent and advanced academic learning and ongoing personal and practice-based development. The nature of student contact will vary to accommodate the needs of the different Modules. There will be some formal input on theories of research and other relevant academic content followed by one-to-one consultation with the student and the employer involved. All other Modules will be delivered on a weekly basis up to the end of April to provide students with ongoing input and guidance, with the emphasis remaining on the need for students to become independent and autonomous learners. The general aim of the programme is to develop key transferable skills which are directly relevant to working with children and young people and youth practice generally.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 6 Modules (there are 3 mandatory modules and 1 optional modules out of a choice of 4 as indicated by *) include:

  • Dissertation
  • Professional Development 
  • Management and Organisations 
  • Contemporary Psychotherapies*
  • Contemporary Issues in Working with Children and Young People*
  • International Perspectives in Work with Children and Young People*
  • Evaluating Family Policy & Practice*

Optional Modules

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.  If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Entry Requirements

In order to join BA (Hons) Positive Practice with Children and Young People (Top Up) programme you will need to have successfully completed BA (Hons) in Positive Practice with Children and Young People . If you have received less than a Merit grade overall in your Foundation Degree you will be required to attend a guidance interview first to ensure you are fully prepared for the Top Up programme. Additional preparation for study at the Top Up programme may be required.

How will I be assessed?

During the course you'll be assessed by a variety of methods including:

• Reports
• Presentations
• Video
• Essays
• Examinations
• Dissertation

Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.  This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Timetables

We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course.  Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.  Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week. 

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research Skills

 

What can I do next?

Upon successful completion of the course typical careers our graduates have gone on to include becoming a Social Worker or Teaching (both following an additional period of study) as well as work as Counsellors, Outreach Workers, Youth and Community Workers as well as securing positions with organisations such as the Hope Centre, Preston. Postgraduate study is also encouraged at the end of the course and some graduates choose to continue their studies at Masters level on a range of programmes.

Supplementary Information

Download the programme specification for Positive Practice with Children and Young People (Top Up) BA (Hons). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Career Options

Youth And Community Worker

  • £
    21,000
    + starting salary
  • 35-37 hours per week

Youth workers help young people reach their potential in their personal and social development. As a youth worker you will use educational activities, advice and support to help young people to learn about themselves and to become more confident.

To be a youth worker you will need to be able to relate to young people from all backgrounds. You will also need to be enthusiastic, and have good negotiation skills. If you want to help make life better for young people, this could be the job for you.

To become a qualified youth worker, you will need a professional level youth work qualification such as a BA (Hons) degree that is recognised by the National Youth Agency (NYA) .???

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Youth Offending Team Officer

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

If you are keen to help young people have a better future, this job could be perfect for you. Youth offending team officers aim to prevent young people from offending and reoffending. They work with young offenders and with their families and victims.

Many youth offending services will ask for qualifications in social work or probation. If you don't have qualifications but you have plenty of relevant experience as a volunteer, you may be able to start as a support worker.

Being a youth offending team officer can sometimes be challenging. You will need to stay calm under pressure. You also need to be able to handle difficult behaviour.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Substance Misuse Outreach Worker

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

Substance misuse outreach workers encourage people to seek help from local support services and advise them how to minimise risks to their health. If you've got an understanding of substance misuse issues, and you want to help people take action to deal with their addiction problems, this job could suit you. In this job you would need to have a calm and caring approach, and be able to build trust. You would need to treat everyone fairly and not judge anyone. Volunteering is a good way to build skills and experience. You would also need to pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Victim Care Officer

  • £
    15,000
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

If you want a rewarding job that allows you to help people facing difficult circumstances then this could be the career for you.

As a victim care officer, you would give support to people who have experienced crime and also to witnesses of crime who may be involved in court proceedings.

You don’t need any specific qualifications for this career but you will need to be a good listener, and be able to deal with people in a sensitive way. You would normally get into this role by volunteering with a victim support charity or through experience gained from working with vulnerable people in related areas, such as counselling or the justice system.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Residential Support Worker

  • £
    17,000
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

Residential support workers look after the physical and mental wellbeing of children or vulnerable adults in care.

If you enjoy helping people and want to make a difference to their lives, this job could be perfect for you.

In this job, it will be important to get on with people of all ages and backgrounds and gain their trust. You'll need to have understanding and a non-judging attitude.

Some social care employers will be more interested in your work and life experience than formal qualifications, and you can gain these whilst working. You’ll need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

There are some age restrictions on working in children’s homes.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire