If you have an interest in young people, families and communities then this course will develop your skills and knowledge required for a range of careers working with young people, families and the communities where they live.
Whether you are new to this area or you have experience and you are looking for career development then this course will suit you. There is an increasing need for graduates to work in the field of family support and community work as well as increasing opportunities to work directly with young people and this course is designed to prepare you for these roles.
We offer our course, BA (Hons) Family and Community Studies PART-TIME which involves day time sessions. However if you would like to study more flexibly, for example of an evening, we offer part time Foundation Degrees in Early Years Services at our college partners. After completing your part time Foundation degree you can then top up to a final year of a part- time BA degree course in order to gain a full honours degree.
During this course, you will undertake University-based learning at Walsall Campus. Modules in the first year (level 4) focus on the following topics-
Power, Inclusion and Diversity
The Role of Play in Childhood
Growing Up in the 21st Century
Child and Young Person Development
Safeguarding and Promoting Well-being
In addition you will analyse how inequality can be tackled, widen your perspective on children’s rights, and explore youth culture and identity. In addition you will focus on how communities can be supported and investigate issues relating to vulnerable groups within society.
You are expected to actively seek volunteering opportunities throughout your course in a variety of settings such as family support teams, charities, youth groups, and voluntary organisations.
During the 2nd year of study students are invited to a ‘transition’ event designed to aid and smooth their progression from level 5 to level 6. Participants were given advice about how to prepare for their level 6 studies and module leaders were able to provide reading and other summer work to those eager to make a start. Examples of this included:
Academic staff offering support on refining your research title and questions
We are proud of our long-standing tradition of research and study in Childhood, Families and Communities.
You will be taught in our state-of-the-art teaching buildings at Walsall Campus, just a short walk from the heart of the town. Our provision includes: buildings which are fitted with interactive whiteboards, lecture theatres, science classrooms, as well as social learning areas and a Starbucks coffee shop.
Who will teach you on this course? All of the staff that teaches you on this course are from a range of professional backgrounds including education, local authorities, social work, adult education and youth work and now work in Higher Education. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, as they all actively engage in research and writing.
The Institute of Education at the University of Wolverhampton has a strong focus on research and the part it plays in your study experience. All our lecturers are research active (see our profiles on the University web pages) and working on latest developments.
We are committed to student support, from enrolment to graduation. You will have a personal tutor to support your progression through your award.
You will develop knowledge, be able to critically analyse, make judgments and evaluate key concepts, theories and principles in the area working with children, young people and families. You will also develop and consolidate a range of employability skills, including sharing information, working with and in groups, presenting information, digital literacy and critical thinking skills.
What our students say
“this course will prepare students for a number of roles supporting families and really will enable them undertake a wide range of roles in the community”Family support Manager
"I have really enjoyed my course and feel that I have engaged very well with the content. Lecturers have been approachable and have taught me so much that I can take forward with me in to my chosen career after completion of my degree. As a mature student, I have been able to combine work and life experience with the teaching on the course and this has enabled me to contribute well within lectures and feel valued."
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
Entry to this course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.
If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee.
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies
The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.
The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.
Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.
Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.