If you’re passionate about working with children and young people aged 0-19 and seek a career boosting their education, health or wellbeing – we’ll harness this with academic knowledge and professional skills to give you the start you need to succeed. You’ll learn core academic skills in your foundation year to progress onto the full degree where you’ll learn about a variety of issues such as: child development, outdoor learning and play, youth justice, equality and diversity, international perspectives. So, it’s the ideal stepping stone for a range of careers in teaching, health-related professions and in social and youth work. **Why Choose University of Cumbria** We give you the flexibility to focus on your interests and desired career route because, if you wish, you can choose a pathway in Early Childhood Studies or in Children, Young People and Family Studies. What you choose is up to you, but you’ll get first-hand know-how through voluntary work experience and with real-life case studies and practical assessments - giving your CV the edge to stand out of the crowd with employers. - Our great links with health, social and education sector organisations provides you with good work experience prospects - Your employability is important to us and so we focus on developing your real-world professional skills through work-based activities, such as running professional meetings, presenting to others, creating resources for use with children - We support you in securing work by developing your career skills such as interviewing and applying for jobs - You’ll be taught by tutors who have all worked with young people professionally in a variety of roles - All tutors are involved in current research and many are published authors, so your education will be enhanced by current industry practice - Small class sizes mean we get to know you as individuals and closely support you throughout your studies - Using aspect of the local community as a real-life case study, you’ll develop first-hand understanding of the role that you can play as a professional Our pathway-specific course means that whether you want to work in schools, children’s centres, youth offenders or youth and social work, we’ll help you focus on the areas that will enable you to achieve your career goal. Many of our graduates go on to do postgraduate study such as Masters degrees in Social Work and Psychology. We also support students in applying for teaching and nursing further qualifications.