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Blackburn College Launches New Degree Courses

Blackburn College launches new degree courses

The University Centre at Blackburn College has launched two new Working with Children and Young People degrees to start in September.

The College is offering the new Foundation Degrees and Honours degrees in Working with Children and Young People allowing students at the College to study industry-relevant courses in these subject areas in preparation for a range of rewarding careers.

Major organisations have been consulted on the curriculum and the resources needed for the courses in order to enhance graduate employability and employment prospects.

The new programmes are validated by Lancaster University, meaning students can gain a degree from a UK Top 10 University by studying entirely in Blackburn.

The Foundation Degree features a range of new and contemporary topics of study including ‘Integrated and Multi-agency working’, ‘Mental Health’ and ‘Working with Abuse’.

Meanwhile, those completing the Foundation Degree will be able to Top Up to Honours level by the addition of one year’s full-time study.

The BA (Hons) Working with Children and Young People (Top Up) programme includes modules on ‘Contemporary Psychotherapies’, ‘Management and Organisations’ and ‘Contemporary Issues in Working with Children and Young People’.

John Harrison, Head of School (Art and Society) at the University Centre at Blackburn College said:

“The new Working with Children and Young People degrees will pave the way for students to gain the most up-to-date and industry-relevant knowledge in these subject areas as well as practical skills from work-based learning.

“The College has a strong record of curriculum in this area and the new courses will sit alongside the Foundation Degrees in Early Childhood Studies and the Foundation Degree in Wellbeing and Social Care Practices.

"This range of courses ensures that whether students wish to work in the Early Years sector, Youth sectors or in Adult Social Care, there is a route for them at the University Centre at Blackburn College”

The degrees in Working with Children and Young People will replace the previous degrees in Positive Practice with Children and Young People.

Current first-year student Jade Wellings, studying the Foundation Degree in Positive Practice with Children and Young People, has been involved with the development of the new course.

Jade said: “Before I studied at College I was a Senior Practitioner in a Pre-School in Bury. I found that I needed to go back to study a degree qualification in order to progress my career.

“I live in Clayton-le-Moors so the University Centre at Blackburn College seemed an ideal choice for me.

“It’s been great being involved with the development of the new programmes.

“The new title and focus is more reflective of the type of work that graduates from the programme will go on to do – as the course can take graduates down many routes, including teaching, social work, youth offending and more.

“For me, I’d like to work with children with mental health or behavioural difficulties.

“I really love the course and I’m looking forward to progressing to the new Top Up programme once I’ve completed my Foundation Degree.”

The new Foundation Degree and Honours Top Up programme are currently subject to validation and can be found online at www.blackburn.ac.uk. Applications are now open for a September 2020 start. 

24 Feb 2020, 13:25 PM