Course Details


This work-based learning Level 6 Top-Up degree is designed to be undertaken on completion of a foundation degree, or other Level 5 qualification, in an area related to the support of children, young people and families. This degree is an ideal preparation for a range of roles and responsibilities within the integrated, extended or children’s services.

You will have the opportunity to develop subject expertise while engaging with current debate and professional practice. You will be introduced to new concepts and higher order skills such as synthesis and critical evaluation and will be supported in this by a specially designed induction programme. Topic areas include evaluating debates around children’s services and the challenges of working across multi-agency boundaries.

How long is the course?

The course runs over one year, you will attend two evenings per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5.00pm – 8.00pm.

What qualification will I achieve?

BA (Hons) Professional Practice: Supporting Young People, Children and Families*.

What will I study?

  • Safeguarding and Supporting Welfare
  • Specialist Family Intervention
  • Evaluating Current Debates and Developments
  • Leadership in a Multi-Agency Environment
  • Work Based Research: Research Proposal Project

You will develop reflective practitioner skills and the application of theory to practice when you undertake a range of work-based activities including workplace analysis in terms of practices and models of management, teamwork, safeguarding and welfare.

You will be introduced to the key issues related to ethical practice and how to reflect critically on the work place in a professional fashion.

Where will I study?

You will study at our Church Street campus, Barnsley, S70 2AN.

What equipment will I need?

Paper, pens, files and books.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used which are matched to the learner outcomes for the programme. This will enable you to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills you have developed. You will take part in workshops, seminars and lectures. Work will be assessed on reports, presentations and essays.

What can I do next?

After graduating, you’ll be ready to begin a successful career in family support work, children’s centre work and social work (after further training).

How do I apply?

Apply directly via UCAS

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

Disability and Dyslexia Service

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can provide you with the support you need

Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

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* Validated by Leeds Trinity University