Working With Children, Young People And Families (Level 4 Cert HE)

This course aims to develop the knowledge and skills required for a front line early help practitioner making a difference in the lives of children, young people and families. Students will learn about human development and the impact of a variety of issues which may impact wellbeing. They then will be taken through the process of assessment and intervention in order to provide early support when others need help.

Students will be expected to apply their learning in a placement and reflect on their experiences in order to develop the expected skills of a children, young people and families, practitioner.

The course begins by examining how an individual grows and develops and the potential factors that might make an impact on them both internally and externally. Within this context, the role of the practitioner will be explored in terms of how they can engage and communicate with children, young people and families whilst maintaining a professional outlook at all times.

The importance of working with others is highlighted especially in the context of undertaking assessments and when dealing with safeguarding concerns. Planning, delivering, monitoring and evaluating a variety of suitable interventions will enable students to consider effective evidence based solutions as a result of their understanding of a situation. Within the course, students will be encouraged to explore the specifics of working with a specialized age group in a variety of contexts so that students can further develop their employability.

It is expected that throughout the course students are in a placement applying their knowledge and learning appropriately so that they become confident in their practice and ready for their next step.

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

This award can also be undertaken as a Higher Apprenticeship route.


1 year - start date Sept 2020

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Study style

The way the course is delivered will allow students to earn and learn at the same time.

The course is delivered one day a week from 9.15-5.15 from FCH campus, with additional input happening through the use of simulations and on line learning.

Students will be required to be in a relevant placement for approximately 2 days a week, which could be either your own place of work (if relevant) or we will help you find one suitable.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

56 tariff points

Typical offers

DEE at A levels, MPP at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure; selection is by interview


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  • 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

This course has been developed in conjunction with many local and regional stakeholders who wish 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 and all keen to be involved in the development of knowledge and skills that students need to have in order to make a difference in the vital work that they undertake.
Such organisations and their professionals will input into the course so that students will have up to date knowledge about the sector.

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Staff Profile

Steve Bullock

"I’m a practitioner at heart and 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."

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Become a professional practitioner

This course gives all students the knowledge and experience needed to become a professional practitioner working to ensure children, young people and families achieve better outcomes.

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Employable in the sector

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

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Progress your knowledge

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

School of Health and Social Care

Our School of Health and Social Care offers you access to the latest equipment, facilities and placements to bring learning to life and make you a confident practising professional. We will support you to care for yourself so you'll be more resilient and efficient when caring for others.

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