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BA (Hons) Working with Children, Families and Communities

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Studying Working with Children, Families and Communities at ARU

Prepare for a career working with children, families and communities, in settings that combine education, wellbeing and social care.

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We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.

Gain real-world experience and learn how to support children's mental health and wellbeing on our Working with Children, Families and Communities degree.

During your studies you’ll unpick issues of social justice, inclusion, diversity, and equality and understand how to support a diverse range of people. You’ll develop your ability to critically reflect on experiences, as well as a broad and balanced societal view supported by theoretical knowledge and research evidence.

The Government’s aspiration is for different services to work together in a more integrated way to support children, young people and their families. Numerous services, from education to social care, can play a part in doing this – and our course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in these areas.

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Hands-on learning

As a BA (Hons) Working with Children, Families and Communities student at ARU you'll:

  • gain real-world experience by working on live projects
  • positively engage with your local communities
  • work alongside education and social work students on a true interdisciplinary degree
  • acquire in-demand skills that help to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.
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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • benefit from a Personal Development Tutor from day one, who's there to support you throughout your time at university
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

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Our BA (Hons) Working with Children, Families and Communities degree is responding to the Government’s aspiration that health, education and social care services work together in a more integrated way.

This policy development has led to a rapidly developing career arena focused on support for physical, social, emotional and mental wellbeing.

Our course will prepare you for careers as varied as education mental health practitioner, social care support in schools, youth offending, advocacy services, family support services, cognitive and emotional support for children, education welfare services, emotional literacy support services, and family outreach support.

Graduation doesn't need to be the end of your time with us, of course. If you’d like to continue your studies, we offer a range of postgraduate degrees in health, social care and education. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Apply now for BA (Hons) Working with Children, Families and Communities

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Foundation year available

This course offers a foundation year – an extra year of study to help you prepare for university, and build your knowledge and skills.

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