Guided by principles of equality, inclusion and social justice, you will consider how best to support young people, families and the communities around them. We keep our course relevant and meaningful by engaging with many of the issues and barriers affecting children and young people today. This might include discussions about mental health, abuse, social mobility, injustice, and issues of diversity and difference. You will consider the barriers affecting individual development, the wider societal issues that surround them and the ways we can support them.
You will benefit from studying alongside students on related courses. Together you will learn about:
- How children and young people develop
- Child protection and safeguarding requirements
- How specific groups of learners may be labelled and stereotyped, leading to marginalisation and exclusion
- Mental health in children and young people
- The impact of disability, socio-economic status, trauma and abuse on development and education.
The specialist knowledge you will gain by choosing this course includes:
- Exploring the nature of childhood and the social structures influencing it including the family, the state and school
- Evaluating strategies to support families and reflect on the importance of working in partnership with parents.
- Challenging assumptions and misconceptions about young people and technology
- Considering the effectiveness of state interventions in the lives of children, young people and families.
You will also gain valuable practical experience, carrying out 105 hours of work experience through the Learning in Practice module.
Our modules draw on the team's research and our professional experience. The team have experience of a wide range of senior roles in education and social care. We bring our professional values and philosophical approach to our teaching, as well as our academic expertise.
If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.