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Health and Care of Children and Young People (BSc, DipHE, CertHE)

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This programme is a recognised higher education qualification in health, care and education of children and young people. We provide a programme of progressive studies relevant to careers in the primary functions of care within the health, care and education of children and young people that enhance your ability to exercise investigative, reflective analytical and reasoning powers in context.

On this programme you will learn to understand the theories relating to the development and wellbeing of children and young people, and to apply theoretical knowledge of development and wellbeing to enhance work with children and young people.

You will develop awareness and appreciation of contemporary challenges relevant to the discipline facing individuals, organisations, communities and society, from a local, national and global perspective. You will raise awareness and appreciation of the role Public Health plays in responding to contemporary issues affecting the health and well-being of communities and populations.

We will focus on developing your independent study and life-long learning skills. This will give you a foundation for successful completion of your degree programme, support your future employment opportunities and build the skills and competencies necessary for career resilience and professional development in the future work context.

We also offer all modules through the medium of Welsh.


Health and Care of Children and Young People (BSc)
UCAS code: 3H6X
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Health and Care of Children and Young People (DipHE)
UCAS code: HCY5
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Health and Care of Children and Young People (CertHE)
UCAS code: HCY6
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All of our programmes are offered FULL or PART-TIME. 

We also offer two options for study over TWO or THREE YEARS – this depends on your own current level of qualifications and employment experience (see entry criteria below).  Please note that successful completion of a TWO YEAR programme leads to an unconditional one year ‘top up’ year of study in order for you to gain your BSc.

How to Apply

Applicants to full-time courses can apply through UCAS. Applicants to part-time courses can apply through the University.

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Contact Email: j.fender@uwtsd.ac.uk

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. We offer a flexible learning approach so you can work, care for your loved ones and fit university into your life
  2. We are committed to supporting you in the job and career you want working with children and young people
  3. We provide additional support to help you develop and progress, including study skills clubs and studying in the medium of Welsh.
  4. We have working relationships with organisations who can offer paid and volunteer job roles
  5. We value the skills and experience you already hold when making your offer.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This course is not only an excellent starting point for those unsure of their employment goals within the children and young person health and care sector, but can open doors in employment which last throughout your career. It offers a wide range of skills and knowledge in areas including education, psychology, research and health and wellbeing children.

The Health Portfolio programmes are purposely integrated to allow flexible entry and exit between pathways and courses. At the end of each year, you are able to progress onto a different programme if your career choices or employment opportunities change.

Previous students have used this degree to gain entry into positions within the public, private and third sectors. Previous students have also used this course as a platform for further study in children’s health, social work, psychology and teaching.

We offer access to current key organisations and people within the health sector. We also provide a high level of academic support across the whole university to help strengthen your academic skills. 

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (CertHE, DipHE & BSc)

  • Children and Young People’s Development and Wellbeing (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Equality, Inclusion and Digital Equity (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Management, Organisational Behaviour and Digital Change (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Psychology in Health and Social Care (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (DipHE & BSc)

  • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Children and Young People’s Health, Wellbeing and Community Engagement (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Independent Research Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Principles of Health and Social Care Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Protecting and Supporting Families in Health and Care (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BSc)

  • Children, Young People and Emerging Technologies (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Contemporary Impacts in Supporting Young People (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Digital Transformation in the Health and Care Professions (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Development (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module).

Assessments include: essays, exams, reports, presentations, reflective blogs and professional portfolios.

You will be asked to utilise information technology communication and organisational skills for your assignments.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

  • Tania Davies
  • Ben Duxbury
  • Karen Hudson
  • Neil Hapgood
  • Karen Hudson
Entry Criteria

Please note that every applicant is considered individually. We may also make offers based solely upon your life or work experience.

For applicants wishing to study the Diploma HE (two year) qualification, an offer will be made based upon your educational and employment experience.

For those wishing to study the BSc (three years) you will need to have obtained a minimum of 88 UCAS points.

Career Opportunities

We have a very strong employment support and work experience system within the Health Portfolio.

We link and work closely with public, private and third sector organisations and groups to provide opportunities for both paid and unpaid work for students.

We particularly welcome applicants already working with children and/or young people in some capacity.

Please note that this course does not take the place of the CCLD Level 3 qualification. If your job role or career requires this qualification we recommend you undertake it separately.

Additional Costs

You are encouraged to continue or enter employment in the health, care or support sectors in order to enhance your studies. We recommend that you pay for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) update option if you do not already have one in place. This however is not compulsory for the purposes of the programme.