Working with Children, Families and Communities - BA (Hons)

Gain real-world experience and learn how to support children’s mental health and wellbeing on our Working with Children, Families and Communities degree.

You’ll develop your ability to critically reflect on experiences, as well as a broad and balanced societal view supported by theoretical knowledge and research evidence.

Course details

During your studies you’ll unpick issues of social justice, inclusion, diversity, and equality and understand how to support a diverse range of people.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

The Government’s aspiration is for different services to work together in a more integrated way to support children, young people and their families. Numerous services, from education to social care, can play a part in doing this – and our course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in these areas.


Entry requirements

88 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

5 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.


Our BA (Hons) Working with Children, Families and Communities degree is responding to the Government’s aspiration that health, education and social care services work together in a more integrated way.

This policy development has led to a rapidly developing career arena focused on support for physical, social, emotional and mental wellbeing.

Our course will prepare you for careers as varied as education mental health practitioner, social care support in schools, youth offending, advocacy services, family support services, cognitive and emotional support for children, education welfare services, emotional literacy support services, and family outreach support.


Assessments happen in a number of ways and include patchwork text, essays, written reflection and presentations. There are also opportunities for informal (formative assessment) to give you the necessary support and opportunities to be an active learner and to make contributions to our learning community in lectures, seminars or online groups. Your tutors will monitor individual, group and cohort learning in order to personalise teaching approaches so that you learn in the way that is most suited to you.

  • Critical Skills for Higher Education
  • Perspectives on the Child 1: Childhood as a Construct – Physical and Social Development of Children
  • Contemporary Issues in Social Work
  • Safeguarding in Context
  • Perspectives on the Child 2: Childhood Cognitive and Language Development
  • Reflective Practice in an Interprofessional Context
  • Studying Research in an Interprofessional Context
  • Working with Communities: Identifying and Responding to Needs


  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Sustainable Social Work
  • Perspectives on the Child 3: Inclusion, SEND and Developmental Difficulties
  • Special Focus Project
  • Working with Communities: Engaging the Community