BA (Hons) Therapeutic Childcare (Top-up)
Year of entry
1 YR (PT)
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.
- 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
- *is part of a subject area ranked first in Wales for student satisfaction and joint first for graduate prospects in the Social Work subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022
- 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.
- *This course is part of a subject area ranked first in Wales for student satisfaction and joint first for graduate prospects in the Social Work subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022.
What you will study
YEAR 1 (LEVEL 6)
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 degree, from individual tutorials, group criticism, peer assessment and presentation of final artwork. Feedback is individually tailored to help you develop your artwork to a professional standard.
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 Glyndŵr 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.
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 FdA students often gain promotion within their organisation. Some students go on to complete top-up their FdA to a full BA (Hons) Therapeutic Child Care.
Fees & funding
You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.
Wrexham University’s tuition fees for 2024/25 for BA Therapeutic Childcare top-up are £3250.
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.
If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.
For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section.