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Child and Family Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 54 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
Our Child and Family Studies and Early Childhood Studies programmes provide an opportunity for students to experience the bringing together of professional practice with work-based research, contemporary local and national policy and the theoretical principles which underpin child and family welfare.


After the first three years of study you will receive a Foundation Degree in Child and Family Studies and then progress to complete your BA with a further 18 months of study. Depending on your area of expertise you could progress to either the BA Child and Family Studies which provides a broader learning experience or the BA Early Childhood Studies which concentrates on leadership in children’ centres and the welfare of young children. Alternatively, appropriately qualified and experienced students can enter directly onto the final 18 months of their chosen BA.

The programmes are designed for those working or volunteering with children, young people and families who are keen to develop a deeper understanding of their work. Work experience and continuing engagement with your workplace are key elements of the programme.

On your course you will develop:

  • A deeper understanding of child development, safeguarding children, multi-agency working and theoretical perspectives and approaches in the context of working with children, young people and families
  • The ability to demonstrate a high level of competence in all aspects of the delivery of support to families
  • A greater knowledge of the structures and professional roles involved in working with families
  • A deeper understanding of your own professional development and the impact on your practice of the professional standards framework

The Lifelong Learning Centre has as proud record of supporting students returning to education. Our staff are here to help you to develop your study skills and confidence in your own academic abilities. You will have access to a dedicated team of teaching professionals who also have substantial professional experience within the sector. Individual tutor support is offered throughout the course.

Teaching sessions are held one afternoon per week and you will be taught in small groups to ensure that there is ample opportunity to discuss ideas and ask questions. Tutors will make each session interactive and also provide additional online resources and activities through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). What’s more, as a University of Leeds student you will also have access to all the facilities and wide-ranging opportunities you would expect from a Russell Group institution.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 54 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description
      3 years plus an extra 1.5 years for the BA top-up
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Year 1 Core Modules

  • Skills, Theoretical Perspectives and Practice
  • Introduction to Childhood and Child Development
  • Child, Young People and Policy Development

Year 2 Core Modules

  • Safeguarding Children - Family Support and Child Abuse
  • Working With Others in Children's Services
  • Work-Based Professional Practice Project

Year 3 Core Modules

  • Child Welfare – Research, Policy and Practice
  • Child and Family Healthcare

Years 2 and 3 Optional Modules

  • Supporting Families? Theory and Practice of Family Support
  • Independent Study Project 2
  • Management of Self and Others in Family Support Settings
  • Violently and Sexually Offending Young People
  • Special Educational Needs and Inclusion
  • Coaching and Mentoring in the Workplace
  • Application of Counselling Skills
  • Using Stories to Develop Learning
  • Mental Health, Families and Young People
  • Introduction to dyslexia

Year 4 Core Modules

  • Leadership and Management in Work with Children and Families
  • Advanced Work-Based Learning
  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Child and Family Studies
  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Early Childhood Studies
  • Research Methods
Year 5
  • Dissertation

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

The entry requirements for the Foundation Degree in Child and Family Studies are:

  • GCSE grades A*-C English and Maths (or equivalent), and
  • 3 A Level passes or equivalent (e.g. CACHE Level 3)


  • Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3.

Alternatively, for applicants with work and life experience who lack formal qualifications, entry through successful completion of the University of Leeds Alternative Entry Scheme.

Admissions will be treated contextually with weight given to the life experience of applicants and the circumstances in which they have gained prior qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to address these matters in their personal statement. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

All applicants must also be engaged in relevant work (paid or voluntary) with a minimum of 4 hours contact each week.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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