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​Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children and their families? If you're serious about a career within the child and family welfare sector, then this is the course for you.

Children and their families are high on the political and social agenda. Almost every week issues are raised by politicians and the media about how best to support children and families, and the point at which a formal or legal intervention becomes appropriate.

Within the programme, you will also have the opportunity to attend external visits to family support settings to liaise with practitioners and see how services work 'on the ground'.


Course Benefits

  • ​You will gain a very practical understanding of how support can be provided for children, young people and their families in a variety of settings including schools and welfare environments.
  • You will be taught by research active lecturers who are both professionally qualified and experienced in the field of child and family work.

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Course Information

You'll explore aspects of child development and how society understands the concept of family. Additionally, you'll have the chance to study aspects of childhood and the law relating to children and their families.

In years one and two, you'll undertake professional work placements. These give you an opportunity to work in a variety of child and family settings, helping you to make the link between theory and practice, and to explore your career options early in your degree.

The course considers controversial and topical issues, engaging students in debates around incidents reported in the media.  There is consideration too of scenarios that professionals face in supporting children and families.  In this way, students learn to make judgements, weigh up risks and take account of different views.  Not only does this make for enjoyable study, it prepares students for a confident and successful start to their professional life.​

 
Read our full course terms and conditions. More course information is available from the Programme Leader, Sue Elmer, at s.elmer@leedstrinity.ac.uk​​​.

 

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: 
  • Working with Families
  • Introduction to Child Psychology
  • Childhood, Society and Social Policy
  • Understanding Family Dynamics
  • Therapeutic Interventions with Families
  • Child and Youth Justice
  • Reflection and Supervision

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • CYP4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • CYP4052 - Professional Development and Placement 1
  • CYP4062 - Introduction to Child Psychology
  • CYP4072 - Childhood Society and Social Policy
  • CYP4082 - Protecting Children
  • CYP4092 - Working with Families
  • CYP4222 - Families, Inequality and Social Justice

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • CYP5042 - Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice
  • CYP5052 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • CYP5062 - Understanding Family Dynamics
  • CYP5082 - Assessments and Interventions
  • CYP5102 - Violence in the Family
  • CYP5232 - Children with Additional Needs: Diversity and Inclusion
  • CYP5242 - Children's Rights, Young People and the Law

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • CYP6034 - Research Project
  • CYP6062 - Therapeutic Interventions with Families
  • CYP6072 - Child and Youth Justice
  • CYP6082 - Reflection and Supervision
  • CYP6092 - Difficulties Families Face

*83% COURSEWORK | 14% LECTURE TIME

*according to the latest figures from HESA

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.   
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Modules on this course are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group tutorials/seminars.

On this course students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week professional work placements in the summer term of Level 4 and the spring term of Level 5 sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning.

At Level 6, high-achieving students are offered the choice of a 40-credit Dissertation/Project module to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking skill development.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year. You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​
 
We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates before a final decision is made. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 
If individuals fall slightly short of the expected UCAS points needed for course entry, but have relevant experience and expertise in the sector, we would still welcome and consider such applications.
If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@l​eedstrinity.ac.uk

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2017-18. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. Find out more

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Susan Elmer

​​​​I'm Susan Elmer and I'm the Head of Undergraduate Programmes at the Institute of Childhood and Education. 

I'm an experienced tutor of undergraduate and postgraduate students in children, young people and families’ social work and social care practice, and a Director of the British Association of Play Therapists.

My research interests include play therapy, social care, early intervention in domestic abuse, and using creative strategies in Higher Education pedagogy.

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​Looking for a career working with children, young people and their families? Our BA (Hons) Child and Family Welfare Studies course is an excellent choice to get you started. 

You'll study all aspects of theory and practice, and the two professional work placements will help you to develop the critical thinking skills you'll need to ensure you're ready to practice effectively when you graduate.

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Having been part of the Leeds Trinity Programme myself, I can very much appreciate seeing new eager students coming through the system. It is a pleasure to see placements students working hard and I admire the work and effort put in by the Leeds Trinity team

Jill Davidson

Class Teacher, St Andrew's Junior School

Professional Work Placements

More about placements

When you graduate, you'll be ready to begin a career in family support work, children's centre work and social work (following further study).

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA EducationMA Family Support and PGCE courses, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity.  

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

 
Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes.

This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Child and Family Welfare Studies alone to be represented in the Unistats data.

This lack of published data within Unistats for this course at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at enquiries@leedstrinity.ac.uk or on 0113 283 7150.

91%

91% of our Working with Children, Young People and Families students agree that the library resources and services are good enough for their needs (NSS 2016).

​91%

91% of our Working with Children, Young People and Families students agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance (NSS 2016).

​Top 15%

Top 15% of all UK universities for teaching quality (according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)

​Outstanding Support​

The Times Higher Education shortlisted us in the Outstanding Support for Students category in their 2015 Awards

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