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This top-up Child and Family Studies degree from University of Leeds is designed for people working or volunteering with children, young people and families, who are keen to develop a deeper understanding of their work.


Building on your Foundation Degree or previous experience, the degree focuses on the interaction between professional practice, work-based research and current policy within the sector.

You’ll consider theoretical perspectives and approaches along with the key professional and policy developments within the sector. The emphasis on reflective practice will help foster a deeper understanding of your own professional development and the impact on your practice of the professional standards framework. Work experience and continuing engagement with your workplace are key elements of the course.

The Child and Family Studies degree from University of Leeds can help you develop in your present employment or access a diverse range of careers, including primary school teaching, social work, youth work and other family services through postgraduate progression routes.

The course runs one afternoon or evening a week so you can fit in study alongside your work and other commitments.

Career opportunities

This course provides you with skills that can help you develop in your present employment or access a diverse range of careers, including primary school teaching, social work, youth work and broader family services through postgraduate progression routes.

Successful students often stay within their organisations but are more likely to progress to managerial positions. Other graduates have taken roles in quality assurance, child-minding support and at OFSTED, or progressed to postgraduate qualifications leading to careers in teaching or social work.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Leadership and Management in Work With Children and Families
  • Child and Family Studies: Research Methods
  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Child and Family Studies
  • Advanced Work-Based Learning

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • GCSE: English and Maths grade C/4 or equivalent
Other course specific tests:
  • A Foundation Degree, Diploma in Higher Education or equivalent qualification in Child and Family Studies or a similar discipline.
  • A qualification at NVQ Level 4 with at least two years experience in a senior post working with children, young people or families evidenced through a portfolio of work and an extended piece of writing (to be set after interview).
  • Applicants must also be engaged in relevant work (paid or voluntary) with a minimum 4 hours contact each week.


  • We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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