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Bachelor of Arts Course in Child and Family Studies


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This degree provides a broader learning experience than the BA in Early Childhood Studies by including modules which include working with young people. This provides students with a degree that can help them develop in their present employment or access a diverse range of careers including primary school teaching, social work, youth work and broader family services through post graduate progression routes. What you will study In the first year the modules studied include: Leadership in children, young people?s and family services will explore the theory of leadership alongside the key issues leaders face today in developing new services and the day to day delivery of services in contemporary society. This module will tackle fundamental leadership issues such as understanding outcome based accountability, the commissioning of services, and delivering success in today?s world. Contemporary issues and debates will cover a wide range of topics related to young people and families. Topics are selected from the issues faced by leaders and service managers in supporting young people. Examples include Not in Education and Employment or Training (NEET), the Munro Review of social care, the changing role of high schools, ?troubled families? and early intervention and prevention. There will be opportunities to conduct a worked ?based research projects in areas of your choice which relate to leadership and management in your specific area of work. This will help you gain the skills you will require to work independently in the second year of your degree. For more information on these modules and the programme please see the course listing in the programme catalogue. How will I be taught? You will be taught in small groups to ensure that there is opportunity to discuss ideas and ask questions. Tutors try to make each session as interactive as possible and also provide additional on-line resources and activities through the University?s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). How will I be assessed? The range of assessment includes essays, reports, posters, presentations and blogs. There are no formal examinations. Tutors will provide support and clear guidance on what is expected of you for each piece of work. Career development Students who complete the Foundation Degree or BA tend to stay within their organisations but are more likely to progress to managerial positions in Children?s Centres and Nurseries. Students who are unemployed as the start of their course have successfully gained work in schools, broader children, young people?s and/or family services. Former students have also taken roles in quality assurance, OFSTED and childminding support. Others have progressed to postgraduate qualifications that have led to careers in teaching or social work. Employability University of Leeds graduates continue to have a very good reputation amongst employers. According to the 2012 High Fliers survey, Leeds is the 11th ?most-targeted? university by the UK?s top graduate employers, and in the 2011 QS World University Rankings, Leeds ranked 51st for the employer review score and came 13th out of the UK universities. To read more about employability please see www.leeds.ac.uk/employability. Further information Please contact the Lifelong Learning Centre Phone: (0113) 343 3212 email: [email protected]

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