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Working with Children, Young People & Families CertHE

What is Working with Children, Young People & Families CertHE?

Develop the knowledge and skills to make a difference in the lives of children, young people and families. Learn about human development and the impact of a variety of issues which may impact wellbeing. Then study the process of assessment and intervention in order to provide early support when others need help.

You’ll apply your learning on placement and reflect on your experiences to develop your skills as a practitioner for children, young people and families. You’ll examine how an individual grows and develops, as well as the potential factors that might make an impact on them. Within this context, you’ll explore how practitioners engage and communicate with children, young people and families – while maintaining a professional outlook at all times.

It’s expected that throughout the course you’ll be in a placement – applying your knowledge and learning appropriately, becoming confident in your practice and ready for your next step.

A brand-new campus

It’s planned that on-campus teaching for this course will start at Oxstalls in September 2023, then transfer to the new City Campus in Gloucester from September 2024. This provides time to ensure a smooth transition and familiarisation with the new facilities for all.

The vibrant new City Campus will be at the heart of the regeneration of Gloucester city centre. It will bring an iconic building back to life as a modern centre for teaching, learning and community partnerships and provide an excellent student experience.

Study style

The course is delivered on a Wednesday and Thursday 9.15 – 4.15 until January and then you will be on placement for 2 days a week and receive a full day of teaching from 9.15 – 5.15pm. The campus this is delivered at is Oxstalls. If you have a work-related role to this course, you may be able to use this as your placement so that you can learn and earn at the same time.

You’ll work with others when you undertake assessments and deal with safeguarding concerns. You’ll plan, deliver, monitor and evaluate a variety of suitable interventions – enabling you to consider effective evidence-based solutions as a result of your understanding of a situation. You’ll explore the specifics of working with a specialised age group in a variety of contexts to further develop your employability.

You can also take this course as a higher apprenticeship.

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Entry requirements

    • 56 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      If you are using a combination of qualifications to achieve the required UCAS tariff points, they must either include at least 2 A levels, a BTEC or an equivalent qualification.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS and Health Clearance check.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester L540 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 City Campus, Gloucester L540 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course go on to work in:

  • early help and intervention work with children, young people and families
  • family support worker
  • pastoral support in schools
  • housing support workers
  • advocacy work.

Industry links

We developed the course in conjunction with local and regional stakeholders who want to develop routes into early intervention work with children, young people and families.

These organisations are within the statutory, education, voluntary, community and enterprise sectors – all keen to be involved in the development of knowledge and skills that you’ll need to have to make a difference in the vital work you undertake. Such organisations and their professionals will input into the course, so you’ll have up-to-date knowledge about the sector.

Become a professional practitioner

Gain the knowledge and experience you need to become a professional practitioner who works to ensure children, young people and families achieve better outcomes.

Gain employability in the sector

By learning from practitioners and applying your learning on placement, you’ll develop the knowledge, skills and references that make you employable in the sector.

Progress your knowledge

There are strong progression pathways between this course and our BSc Social Work, BA Education and BA Early Childhood Studies courses.

"I’m passionate about working with young people"

“I’ve done this as a volunteer, as a practitioner and as a manager, and teaching students to be youth workers is an extension of this. My particular specialisms are community youth work models, residential experiences, and youth work tools as well as youth work in faith-based settings. I’m currently working on a research project investigating how communities in Gloucestershire responded to changes in youth services.”

Steve Bullock, Academic Course Leader for children and youth related courses

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