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Children, Young People and Families Practitioner (Higher Level)

By supporting the confidence and skills of children, young people and families you will help them to overcome barriers and maximise their independence. All of our teaching team have a wealth of experience and maintain strong links with industry. You will benefit from guest speakers, who will share their experiences and provide you with a valuable insight into working practice.
This programme is ideal if you wish to work in a social care context with children, young people and their families, to achieve positive and sustainable change in their lives. As part of the course you will become skilled in recognising and assessing the complex needs children, young people and families often present and support with any specific interventions or referrals.
The need for respectful curiosity that challenges and supports children, young people and families to achieve their potential and stay safe, will become evident through your studies. During the programme you will develop an understanding of the importance of early intervention and safeguarding work, allowing you to manage risk across the spectrum needs for children, young people and families.
Many of our students aspire to apply for social work on completion of their three year degree, but you could also work in pastoral care, youth work, psychology-focused careers, as a trainer or facilitator, or in family support work, family homes, youth centres, early years, youth justice, children’s centres, educational settings and the community.
You will be assessed through a range of course work and practical activities, and will work alongside other professionals and organisations to share the responsibility for improving outcomes for children, young people and their families. You may work in settings as diverse as family homes, youth centres, early years, youth justice, children’s centres, educational settings and the community; and could work with particular age groups, across the full age range or specifically with families.
This apprenticeship is comprised of a Level 4 Certificate in Higher Education, which allows for progression onto the second year of a related foundation degree or degree programme on completion.
At University Centre South Devon (UCSD) you could progress onto the second year of the FdA Children, Young People and Community Services programme, which allows progression to top-up Level 6 programmes in BA (Hons) Child Development and Education or BA (Hons) Education, Development and Society to complete your undergraduate studies. You could also apply to transfer to study programmes at other universities.

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What will I learn?

“During my career I have gained a broad range of skills relating to early years education and childcare, and I can now pass that knowledge on to new learners. It’s fantastic to support learners in achieving their goals and helping them find employment in this rewarding industry.”Stefanie Crinks

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