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Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People

Please contact The Mulberry Bush Organisation directly for more information:

Telephone: +44(0)1986 300202 ext 261; email: jtrezise@mulberrybush.org.uk

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Mulberry Bush School
Tariff points:
Health and Social Sciences
Mulberry Bush School
Two years
Programme leader:
Dave Roberts
Key fact:
You will learn how to effectively support children or young people with behavioural, social and or/emotional difficulties on this award-winning two-year Foundation degree, which draws on the expertise of The Mulberry Bush Organisation and UWE Bristol.

Page last updated 3 July 2017


Why study FDA Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People?

If you work alongside children or young people with behavioural, social and or/emotional difficulties, this two-year Foundation course will improve your understanding of how therapeutic work can help them. You will also learn how best to support their emotional growth through developing meaningful relationships and using reflective practice.

Why study our course?

This course draws on the expertise of UWE Bristol and The Mulberry Bush Organisation, a charity with over 65 years' experience working with children with severe attachment disorders and complex trauma. Learning takes place during a series of monthly study days at the Mulberry Bush School, West Oxfordshire. As a full-time UWE Bristol student, you will also have access to our facilities and online resources.

You will study a range of theories related to why children and young people can behave in different ways. You will learn about the significance of attachment disorders and interruptions to child development. You will develop the skills to communicate therapeutically with children and young people. This will help develop your understanding of behaviour as a form of communication and learn how conscious and unconscious processes influence it.

Real world experience

Work-based learning is integral to this Foundation degree and you will apply new learning in your workplace throughout the course. As well as helping you put theory into practice, this will hone your ability to reflect on situations and identify ethical solutions based on academic concepts.

Where it can take you

On successful completion, you will be equipped to advance your career or to progress onto a related honours degree at UWE Bristol.  



Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • A Foundation to Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People
  • Children with Complex Emotional Needs
  • The Context of Professional Practice
  • Reflective Practice in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Clinical Practice
  • Professional Issues in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People.

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • Application of Psychodynamic Theory to Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People
  • Emotionally Aware Teaching and Learning.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You will learn through a combination of seminars and training workshops, clinical discussions linked to practice, individual and group supervision and reflective group forums. Additional support is provided through tutorials, skills practice and regular individual and group supervision.

You must already be working alongside children or young people in order to engage in a series of work-based learning projects. Through applying your understanding of theory in these direct experiences, you will embed new knowledge. You will also be encouraged to supplement learning and broaden your knowledge through independent reading on the subject.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


Assessment focuses on evaluating practice through direct observations of work and written coursework with an emphasis on work-based learning. As well as tutor-assessed work, you will develop your reflective skills through self and manager assessed practice. You will also enhance team working and presentation skills on individual and group presentations.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

You will have access to excellent study and support facilities at the Mulberry Bush Organisation as well as UWE Bristol. This will enable the following.

  • Access to a wide range of software, tools, industry journals and learning resources in specialist libraries at the Mulberry Bush Organisation and UWE Bristol.
  • The opportunity to study using the Mulberry Bush Organisation's virtual learning environment and BlackBoard at UWE Bristol.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


Careers / Further study

On successful completion of the course, you will be equipped to advance your career or to progress onto a related honours degree at UWE Bristol.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching and a vacancy service for internships, along with placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

You must be working in a relevant professional capacity with children or young people. This may be in a social care or educational setting, but your application will be considered if you are training in another professional context, such as a hospital, adolescent unit or hospice setting. As a trainee practitioner, you must be working in at least a part-time capacity (minimum 16 hours per week).

If you are offered a place, you must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a disclosure application form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

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