Working with Children and Young People BA (Hons) (Top Up)

Location University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code L590
Code SS3531A14
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Study Mode Full Time, Part Time
Start Dates: august 2023
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Our Working with Children and Young People BA (Hons) Top Up programme is for students who have successfully completed the FdA in Working with Children and 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.


What will I study?

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 6 Modules (there are 4 mandatory modules and 3 optional modules. You will need to choose two optional modules out of a choice of 3.

Modules include:

  • Research Project (Dissertation)
  • Applied Research Report (Dissertation)
  • Management and Organisations
  • Professional Development
  • International Perspectives in Work with Children and Young People*
  • Contemporary Psychotherapies*
  • Contemporary Issues in Working with Children and Young People*

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) Working with Children and Young People (Top Up) programme you will need to have successfully completed FdA in Working 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.

Care Leavers or Young Carers

We want students from all backgrounds to have the opportunity to go to University. If you have spent three months or more in local authority care OR are a young carer, you will be eligible for a contextual offer. This is a grade reduction of 1-A Level grade below our standard entry requirements. For example, a standard offer of CCC, would become CCD. MMM at Level 3 Extended Diploma would become MMP. To apply we advise that you tick the box on your UCAS application which identifies you have spent time in care and to help identify you as eligible for our contextual offer.

See our General Entry Requirements.

How will I be assessed?

During the course you'll be assessed through a variety of methods. These include:

  • Essays
  • Seminars
  • Examinations
  • Portfolios
  • Dissertations
  • Reports
  • Group presentations
  • Projects and mini-dissertations
  • In class tests
  • Peer assessment
  • Group assessment

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.


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 you could progress to a range of roles in Social Work or Teaching (both following an additional period of study) as well as work as a Counsellor, Outreach Worker, Youth and Community Worker, as well as securing a position 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. 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.

Work Placements

Work placements are subject to availability. You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

What will my timetable be like?

If you choose to study this course in September 2022, your timetable will consist of the following days of study at our University Centre.

The day that has been set for this course, for the first year intake only, is Tuesday.

You will be required to undertake work in your own time and also undertake private study. This will be in addition to your taught hours in class. You may also be required to undertake a work placement/work-based learning. This is in addition to the taught timetabled classes, please bear this in mind with your planning.

The University Centre reserves the right to change timetables for the year ahead and this information is provided to you as a guide. The days of study in subsequent years of the course may vary.