Integrated Working with Parents and Families BA (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
4 and a half years, part-timeHealth and Life Sciences
Coach Lane Campus
Our BA (Hons) Integrated Working degrees are part of an undergraduate framework that has been designed with the general intention of meeting the current demand for suitably qualified and skilled practitioners in the integrated workforce for children, young people and families.
The four pathways in this part time framework, of which this route is one, will appeal to prospective students who are already practitioners in the workforce for children, young people and families who wish to gain an academic qualification to enhance their practice experience, and to students who wish to pursue future careers in the relevant established or emerging professions, organisations and agencies. It may also be the basis for academic progression through higher academic taught or research programmes.
The BA (Hons) Integrated Working with Parents and Families pathway has been designed to enhance students’ opportunities for employment in a wide range of services and settings in the community, including children’s centres, schools, nurseries and integrated family support services and establish the foundation for further professional training and academic study in this area. The pathway has been developed in response to the fast developing parenting and family support workforce which has risen to prominence on the political agenda. This pathway will support students wishing to work in the fields of parental support and family learning.
This programme provides the opportunity to:
- Understand key issues relating to work with children, young people and families.
- Gain a deeper insight into both theory and practice in the context of reflective learning.
- Apply learning to your specific context.
- Support the development of skills and knowledge required to work in the contemporary children's workforce.
- Become part of a diverse and vibrant learning community.
A flexible programme of study including core, specialist and optional modules allows students to personalise their learning. Themes include:
- Professional and Academic Development
- Integrated Working in Context
- Children and Young People's Development
- Learning Theory in Context
- Professional Practice
- Inter-professional Working
- Promoting Inclusive Practice
- Understanding Leadership and Management
- Early Interventions
- Integrated Working Project
- Pedagogical Practice
- Contemporary Issues in the Children's Workforce
The BA (Hons) Integrated Working builds on years of established work with students in this area. Our academic and University Library team bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to support an excellent student experience.
Working with children, young people and families is a rewarding and challenging vocation. This degree helps students build on their personal and professional experience in these areas and provides them with an opportunity to build their understanding, insight and knowledge in a rapidly changing area of practice. BA (Hons) Integrated Working has been designed to help students understand the contemporary policy and research context in their area of interest.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
You will be taught in lectures and seminars and through group work, case studies, problem solving exercises, enquiry-based and experiential approaches.
You will develop collaborative teamwork through group work tasks and presentations that you will prepare and deliver. The teaching methods are designed to build upon your existing knowledge and skills and develop your individual learning style and critical reflective abilities.
You will be encouraged and supported to reflect on, and develop your skills and understanding in relation to the current roles of practitioners working with parents and families.
We offer you extensive opportunities to engage in tasks that develop and demonstrate your learning and build your confidence and capabilities before you are assessed, and with a continuous flow of formal and informal feedback, including tutor comments on assignments or collaborative project work.
To reflect these principles, the assessment methods are varied and include traditional essays, self- and peer assessment; projects and presentations, all with the aim of developing you as a person who is knowledgeable of the subject area and has an understanding of your own on-going role as learners. There are no examinations on the programme.
We endeavour to develop your abilities to direct your own learning, evaluate your own progress and attainments and support the learning of others. There are opportunities to work collaboratively in teams and to reflect upon your own academic and personal development.
This programme will equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge and understandings to engage in a wide variety of early years professional contexts working with parents and families as well as to continue to further postgraduate research or professional training.
The Integrated Working Framework has been designed to reference the development needs of the children’s workforce, where graduate-level knowledge is becoming the norm for competent practice. Policy development in this area is ever-more complex with the development of a multidisciplinary research and knowledge base.
Evidence suggests that a holistic approach to the care of children and their families is essential to be effective. Therefore greater integration and cooperation with other professionals is increasingly demanded. This framework will enable you to understand and apply your knowledge within your career and offer career development by improving your academic profile.
Northumbria University has taken reasonable care to ensure that the information published is accurate at the time of publication. However, the University gives no warranty or representation as to the quality, accuracy or completeness of the information.