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Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People

Please contact The Mulberry Bush Organisation (PDF link) directly for more information:

Telephone: +44(0)1865 300202 ext 261; email: outreach@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:
Learn to support children or young people with behavioural, social, emotional and mental health difficulties on this career-advancing two-year foundation degree, which draws on the expertise of The Mulberry Bush Organisation and UWE Bristol.

Page last updated 5 September 2019


Why study therapeutic work with children and young people?

If you work with children or young people with behavioural, social and emotional difficulties, improving your understanding of therapeutic work can be hugely beneficial.

You can learn how best to support young people's emotional growth by developing meaningful relationships and using reflective practice.

Why UWE Bristol?

This course draws on the expertise of UWE Bristol and The Mulberry Bush Organisation, a charity with 70 years of experience working with children with severe attachment disorders and complex trauma.

You'll attend monthly study days at the Mulberry Bush School in West Oxfordshire. As a full-time UWE Bristol student, you'll also have access to our facilities and online resources.

Study a range of theories related to why children and young people can behave in different ways.

Learn about the significance of attachment disorders and interruptions to child development.

Develop the skills to communicate therapeutically with children and young people.

Understand behaviour as a form of communication and learn how conscious and unconscious processes influence it.

Hone your ability to reflect on situations and identify ethical solutions to challenges using different academic concepts.

You need to be working with children or young people to do the course, and you'll put your learning into practice on diverse work-based projects.

Where can it take me?

You'll be equipped to advance your career in the childcare sector or health and social care sectors, or go on to a related honours degree at UWE Bristol.  

Past graduates have progressed or moved into roles including therapeutic fostering manager, pastoral lead in secondary school and therapeutic outreach consultant.



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • 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:

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

Plus one optional module from:

  • 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

Learn through a mix of seminars, training workshops, clinical discussions linked to practice, individual and group supervision and reflective group forums.

Get extra support in tutorials, skills practice and regular individual and group supervision.

Embed new knowledge by applying your understanding of theory on work-based projects.

Add to your learning and knowledge by reading independently on the subject.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


We'll evaluate your practice through direct observations of work and written coursework including work-based learning. As well as tutor-assessed work, you'll develop your reflective skills through self and manager-assessed practice. You'll also develop team working and presentation skills on individual and group presentations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

Access excellent study and support facilities at both the Mulberry Bush Organisation and UWE Bristol.

Make use of the latest software, tools, industry journals and learning resources in specialist libraries at both locations.

Study remotely through the Mulberry Bush Organisation's virtual learning environment and BlackBoard at UWE Bristol.


Careers / Further study

At the end of the course, you'll be equipped to advance your career or to progress onto a related honours degree at UWE Bristol.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

See our funding pages for more information.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: no specific subjects required.
  • All applicants will also require:

  • GCSE subjects: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

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).

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