BA (Honours) Working with Children, Young People and Families (1 year top-up)

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Working with Children, Young People and Families (1 year top-up)

Full-time Social work

Top up your existing level 5 qualification to an honours degree highly sought after by employers.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    1 Year

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024


100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Course summary

  • Progress from a relevant foundation degree to a BA honours degree.
  • Gain hands-on and academic knowledge that employers are looking for.
  • Learn in an environment that encourages a positive student experience.
  • Become equipped to work as part of an integrated workforce.

Prepare to work alongside a diverse range of professionals – including social workers, teachers, health visitors, psychologists, and many other health, education and social care professionals. Alternatively, progress on to a postgraduate degree – such as an MA in Social Work or a PGCE in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status.

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How you learn

Watch course leader Sukey Tarr talk about the FdA and BA (Honours) Working with Children, Young People and Families course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This course has a strong focus on links between academic learning, practice and research. We’ll encourage you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of the services, systems, policies and work practices that relate to children, young people and families.

You learn through

  • group work
  • presentations
  • case studies
  • role play
  • debates
  • essays and reports
  • critical reflection and review
  • reflective learning accounts
  • self-assessment and action planning

Course leaders and tutors

Sukey Tarr
Sukey Tarr
Senior Lecturer
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 Watch student Nazma Liaqat talk about the FdA/BA Working with Children, Young People and Families courses at Sheffield Hallam University.


Applied learning

Applied learning is the ethos at the heart of all Sheffield Hallam courses – meaning you are given the opportunity to put your studies into practice.

You will be taught by professionals who are active in their field – so you will get industry-focused knowledge of your subject. Modules are designed to help you not only apply theory to practice, but also to develop critical and ethical approaches to your practice in order to become a life-long, competent professional. You will gain real-world skills through workshops and live projects, often getting the opportunity to work with local partners.

Applied learning means that when you do start work, you can dive in and make things happen.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • educational settings
  • social care and health settings
  • public, private and third sector roles supporting children and young people
  • family support and early intervention
  • community development and outreach

Or you could progress on to further postgraduate study in a range of related areas – such as the MA Social Work.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Learn what it's like to study health and social care at our Collegiate Campus from our adult nursing student Alex.

Entry requirements

All students

You need one from
• Foundation Degree Working with Children, Young People and Families from Sheffield Hallam University
• foundation degree in a relevant discipline or 240 credits in health or social care related studies

You also need at least 400 hours of relevant experience of working with children, young people or families in a paid, voluntary or caring capacity, and a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution.

We will assess your previous qualification to confirm its comparability and suitability for entry to this course.


If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

Care experience

Before you apply for health courses, we require you to have gained some practical experience relating to your subject area. Download our applicant experience guidelines for information about the kinds of experience we expect you to have and the best places to gain it. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.

Skill requirement

• a commitment to the values and ethics of social work/social care practice
• an awareness of the roles and responsibilities of those who work within the children's integrated workforce
• current knowledge and understanding of the needs and perspectives of children, young people and families
• the ability to communicate and engage effectively with children, young people and families
• a commitment to the principles of valuing equality and diversity and of promoting anti-oppressive practice
• the ability to undertake independent study at level 6
• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, email our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Becoming A Cypf Practitioner
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Creative Research Skills Cypf
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Safeguarding Cypf Through A Strength Based Lens
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Supporting Families With Multiple And Complex Needs
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Social work courses (PDF, 331.7KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

Apply now via UCAS

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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We are one of the largest training providers of health and social care in the UK, giving you access to cross-discipline learning

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