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Course details

Year of entry

2024, 2025


1 YR (PT)

Institution Code




Course Highlights

Joint 1st in the UK

for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2022)*


in a rare degree subject


course, allowing you to integrate study alongside your work or volunteering

Why choose? this course?

This innovative course is designed for those working or volunteering with children dealing with the impact of trauma. A specialist programme, it provides a vital insight into childhood trauma and post-traumatic growth and ensures those working with the most vulnerable children in society are trained to the highest standard.

The course:

  • incorporates best practice in the sector
  • focuses on key areas that will enable you to become an engaged expert, enhancing your career prospects in this unique subject area

You will:

  • take part in the annual therapeutic child care conference which provides opportunities to interact with leading national representatives from practice and research within the Therapeutic Child Care Sector
  • study with students on the programme from a wide geographical location across the UK giving opportunities to hear about innovative practice initiatives

Key course features

  • Unique course not taught widely in the UK, allowing you to become a specialist.
  • This degree is work-based and vocationally relevant allowing you to integrate study alongside your work or volunteering.
  • After an initial lecture at the university, this course is delivered primarily online using our virtual learning environment via Moodle, including online discussions, seminars and tutorials.
  • The course is taught by specialist staff and there are guest lecturers from local industry professionals.

What you will study


The top-up year will focus on professional development and introduce students to research methods and skills. To this end, students will become familiar with research in therapeutic childcare and related subjects from a historical perspective and the current agenda. It will enable students to learn how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to research in therapeutic childcare. Students will select and carry out a small-scale research project related to their work role or setting.


  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Childcare Law Policy and Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Research in Practice
  • The Therapeutic Environment

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

  • Applicants should possess FdA Therapeutic Child Care or equivalent
  • It is expected that all students joining the programme will either be in current practice with children and young people or have substantial recent experience of such practice (at least two years within the last five years)
  • You must also be able to negotiate time away from your workplace to attend lectures (approximately twelve days each academic year)
  • You must have access to a computer and internet connection
  • All candidates will be interviewed.

Teaching & Assessment

Students are assessed in a variety of ways during their top up year. Examples include portfolio development, essays and research poster presentations.

Teaching and Learning

You will get lots of support especially as you start to develop the skills needed to complete assessments. Feedback will be given during and after each assessment to help you build a variety of academic and practical writing skills.

To add flexibility, a large part of this course is taught online.

Wrexham University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.


Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need. 

Careers open to graduates of this degree include working with children:

  • in residential homes and schools
  • in foster care
  • in family support work

After successful completion of the BA Therapeutic Childcare top up, students often gain promotion within their organisation. Likewise, students use their degree to consider further study at post graduate level.




Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the fee FAQs.

All fees are subject to any changes in government policy, view our undergraduate fees.


If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.