Children and Young People - BA (Hons) [Full-Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Childcare

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Full-Time


This course allows you to develop advanced skills in working with children and young people. The aim is to prepare you for employment within early years, play work, or as a teaching assistant. The modules that form part of this course have been developed with input from professionals working within the vocational sector. The skills you’ll gain will be in areas relevant for work within the children and young person’s sector. Modules surrounding safeguarding, inclusion and transitions will give you the essential knowledge required for a professional role within a young person’s environment, such as in early year’s settings ranging from nurseries, children’s center's and primary schools. This programme also has a recognise management qualification embedded from CMI (Charted Management Institute)

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 10/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

This programme is designed to equip you with an advanced understanding of issues that are pertinent to the development of children and young people, giving you strong basis to explore a number of roles in the vocational sector.

The skills that you will develop are valued by a range of early years employers across the sector and the content of this programme is also approved by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) who have said that 85% of managers agreed their management and leadership qualification improved their performance and by transferring their new skills to the work place, almost all have seen a vast improvement in their teams' performance too.


Who the course is for

 This course is for anyone who wishes to work with children and young people in a number of different roles across a variety of settings. This includes working as teaching assistants, or following further study opportunities to specialise in an area of development for children and young people.
This course allows you to develop advanced skills in working with children and young people.
The aim is to prepare you for employment within early years, play work, or as a teaching assistant.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course, you will gain a BA (Hons) Children and Young People by NCG.


How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email

Course Content

Semester 1

Safeguarding Children and Multi-Agency Working, Children and Youth in Transition, Research Methods

Semester 2

Inclusion, Dissertation.
Optional modules: Strategic Management, Education and Change: Young People and Society.


Learning Methods

You’ll learn through lectures tutorials, seminars, group work, reflective accounts and research. You’ll be expected to devote approximately 12 hours per week to independent study. You will be assessed through research projects, presentations and assignments, which analyse specific areas around the development of children and young people, their place in society and an appreciation of inclusive practice.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through various methods including

  • Research projects
  • Presentations 
  • Assignments

Progression Opportunities

Some graduates choose to continue their education following their graduation and this course provides an ideal platform for further study through a PGCE or Masters Degree. 

Career Opportunities

Previous graduates have secured employment with Barnardos, YMCA, NSPCC, Streetwise, NHS and within Social Services.

A number of students have also progressed into job roles as teaching assistants within primary and secondary education as well as positions within voluntary, statutory and private services for children and young people

Entry Requirements

You should have a HND year 2 or a Foundation Degree in early years, children and young persons, teaching assistants, play work, youth and community, looked after children or special needs.
You will be required to submit two suitable references, complete a satisfactory interview which includes completing initial diagnostic assessment in literacy and numeracy.
As part of the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) disclosure check, all courses which include a work placement require you to submit several documents at interview for example a passport, birth certificate or driving license.
If English is not your first language, you will also need IELTS score of 6 or above.
You will be required to complete a mandatory work placement for 100 hours in a voluntary or paid capacity dependent on previous experience. The placement should be undertaken between Monday and Friday.


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs


Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.