• LevelLevel 5
  • Duration2 years
  • UCAS CodeA151
  • Awarding bodyThe Open University


This course aims to produce graduates who possess a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of work with children, young people and their communities.

The core educational aim of the programme is the formation of practitioner skills and knowledge to enable graduates to work with children and young people. Successful students may choose to progress to the BA (Hons) Youth, Childhood and Community Studies, a one year top-up programme also delivered at the College, to gain a full honours degree award.  

Course Information

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01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules offered may vary.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Policy in Practice
  • Supporting Social and Emotional Development in Youth and Childhood 
  • Contemporary Social Issues Facing Children and Young People
  • Understanding Approaches to Learning
  • Working Practice for Youth and Community Settings

Year 2 modules include:

  • Ethics, Values and Beliefs
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Using Data
  • Participation and Inclusion for Individuals with Additional Needs
  • Practice based approaches to Integrated Working

September- May

Entry requirements

You must have achieved 48 UCAS tariff points from a relevant Level 3 qualification for children and young people's workforce or equivalent.

You must be able to demonstrate a good level of English and maths and have access to 120 hours (as a minimum) working in a relevant organisation that provides services for children/young people aged from 5 -25 years of age (paid or voluntary). Suitable placements include schools, colleges, youth centres and family support projects.

A mentor in the placement is also required to support the student with the WBL modules. You must be committed to being professional and attend a professional discussion prior to joining the programme.

You must also complete a successful Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check).

The programme runs over one day per week, plus 120 hours per year in the work setting.

The course comprises of working groups, lectures, seminars and substantial work-based learning.

You will be assessed by presentations, essays and a portfolio.

Fees payable directly to Middlesbrough College, £6,300 per year.

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If you would like to study a higher education course, financial support is available. Please click here for more information and see what support you could receive.

Please apply through UCAS for this course. Our team will make contact with you for further details to arrange an interview. If your application is successful we will formally offer you a place via UCAS.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to apply directly to us then please press the apply now button at the top of this webpage. If your application is successful we will formally offer you a place on the programme and upload your application to UCAS for you.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

If you are worried about the cost of higher education, it might help to know there are a range of financial support schemes available to help with course fees when studying at Middlesbrough College. Our Student Services department can offer advice and guidance when students apply for a loan or bursary.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from the town centre. As well as being just a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from a bursary that can help with the costs of travel.


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