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Integrated Working with Children & Families BA (Hons) Top-up Degree – Flexible and Distributed Learning

What makes Integrated Working with Children & Families at Worcester special?

For children and young people, life can be full of complexity, characterized by unceasing change and development. Integrated working brings the various professionals, practitioners and volunteers that make up the children’s workforce together, placing the child or young person at the centre of their network of support.

This degree will prepare students for a career working with children, young people and families across a range of education, health and social care environments. The course relates to the study of children from birth to 19 years, with a specific focus on the 0-8 age range

At Worcester, we take a multi-disciplinary approach, which allows you to develop your expertise from a range of different perspectives, whilst fostering respect for children, their families, and other professional roles - essential components for an integrated children’s service.

Key features

  • Ideal for experienced practitioners, or those with a relevant diploma (ie, HND) or foundation degree, from across the children’s workforce, who wish to enhance skills and expertise with a view to career development
  • Flexible study options, including full and part-time options, and an online route that blends distance learning with face-to-face contact via our Flexible & Distributed Learning pathway.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Foundation degree, Early Years Sector Endorsed FdA, DipHE, HND or equivalent qualification in Early Childhood Studies or related subject.

GCSE grade C in Maths and English as course entry requirements are desirable but students are reminded that their employment sector may require these qualifications.

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check.

Supportive academic reference.

Non-standard entry routes will also be considered. We encourage applications from candidates who can provide evidence of their ability to work at Level 6 and substantial experience of working with children and families through integrated service provision. If your qualification is not listed, please contact Registry Admissions for advice.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

You will complete modules that should relate to a range of future career plans and aspirations.

The course content and structure have been developed to reflect a student-centred approach, enabling students from diverse but relevant educational and professional backgrounds to build on previous learning and experience in Early Childhood and working with children and families. Reflective thinking and action are essential to your engagement with lifelong learning and professional development. The subject draws on different disciplines and professional backgrounds to reflect the complexity of children’s lives and their development. You will be supported in the development of a personal philosophy of professional values and continuous improvement to your practice and service provision for children and their families.

This is a third year of study for students with an HND or Foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies or with an equivalent academic professional qualification relevant to Early Childhood. This course leads to an Honours degree in Integrated Working with Children and Families.

To gain an Honours degree, students will undertake the equivalent of one year's full-time study i.e. four modules in total. You will be expected to study core modules from Early Childhood including an Independent Study module.

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  • Case study

    Jennie, Early Years and Childcare Consultant

    “I wish I had done the top up degree sooner! The knowledge and experience of the lecturers has supported me no end in my current role as an early years professional. I have made new friends from a range of early years settings, both private, voluntary and independent. The sharing of good practice, professional discussions and debates, group projects and independent working has supported me within my role as an Early Years and Childcare Consultant and has enabled me to become a more reflective practitioner.”

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

You will experience a variety of teaching and learning methods at the University of Worcester. These range from lectures attended by the whole group, to seminars which involve smaller group discussion, to tutorials where you will receive in depth support on specific areas and FDL learning will be integral to your learning experience.

You will also work in learning groups, in which you will learn from and support each other. You will keep your own Record of Personal and Professional Development to support you in identifying skills, personal qualities and career options.

Tutors have a range of professional expertise and research interests including Special Needs and Inclusive Education, Children's Literacy, Integrated Children's Services, Multilingualism, Sociology of Childhood, Early Years Curriculum and many other areas.

Experienced Tutors and Researchers

The University of Worcester has an international reputation for its work in Early Childhood Studies, enabling students to draw on a wide range of expertise and knowledge, including international projects.


Varied assessment methods are used to make sure your final grade is an accurate reflection of your performance during the course. Knowledge, understanding and skills are assessed, as well as your presentation and communication skills. Assessment methods include essays, journals, presentation, displays, reports, seminars and research projects.


Where could it take you?


Integrated Working with Children and Families graduates should have knowledge of the education and care of children from birth to 19 years, giving foundation for a range of careers working with children, families and other professional disciplines, including social work, health services and children's charities.

For those wishing to become teachers, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is an option.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Integrated Working with Children & Families BA (Hons) Top-up Degree – Flexible and Distributed Learning(Single Honours) LX53 BA/IWCF

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