Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services
The University of Central Lancashire UCLan
What are the entry requirements?
National Diploma/Certificate/Cache Diploma
or A level
or Level 3 qualification, preferably in a Childcare/Education-related Subject, plus relevant experience
Plus a minimum of five GCSE passes at Grade C or above, minimum of grade C (GCSE) or level 2 in literacy and numeracy
It is a requirement that a DBS check has been undertaken before entry to the programme.
This Foundation Degree is designed to provide the opportunity to gain a Level 5 qualification and to work as a practitioner with children and young people in a variety of education and care settings. This programme will enable students to develop critical understanding and skills in relevant areas of education and care, including policies and issues. Students will develop their knowledge of theories underpinning children and young peoples learning and development. This degree is suitable for a broad range of aspiring and qualified professionals including:
Early years professionals
Family support workers
Health & social care practitioners
Childrens centres employees, including extended schools
Learning support workers in a variety of settings
What subjects will I study?
The full-time programme will be as follows, studying 120 credits per year:
Year One Modules
Children, Young People and Their World (20 credit module) - outlines the current framework and curriculum requirements for 0-18 settings, and develops knowledge and understanding of C & YP through learning and play
Difference and Diversity (20 credit module) investigates a wide range of issues in relation to equality and diversity in contemporary society
Aspects of Learning and Development (40 credit module) looks at all aspects of developmental psychology and the issues and contemporary concerns that may affect this
Self and Study (40 credit module) covers learning styles, reflective practice, and communication
Year Two Modules
Policy and Practice for Children and Young People (20 credit module )- looks at the political, social, economic and cultural construction of childhood and how policies and legislation impact on this
Promoting the Welfare of Children and Young People (20 credit module) covers the policy, practice and theory relating to the legislation for safeguarding children and young people
Frameworks, Transitions and the Child (40 credit module) extends knowledge of frameworks underpinning learning. It will provide the skills to support children across transitional stages throughout the education system
Managing the Professional Role in Practice (40 credit module) develops and embeds knowledge and skills of the professional practitioner working with children 0-18 in a variety of settings. The themes are management, work-based learning and a project relating to an area of specialist practice
Students studying part-time over 3 years will study the same modules as above but will study at the rate of 80 credits per year
Work-based learning forms an essential part of this Foundation Degree, either paid or voluntary. Such placements or employment would include: schools, pre-school organisations, childrens centres, care settings, youth services, special schools. Full-time students are required to attend work placement two days per week. Part-time students are required to attend one day per week.
How will I learn?
A mixture of taught sessions, work placements, seminars and tutorials.
How will I be assessed?
Portfolios, assignments, reports, presentations, research projects, work-based mentoring
What opportunities will this lead to?
Employment with Senior Practitioner Status
Progression to year 3 of the BA (Hons) Education and Professional Studies or
BA(Hons) Children, Schools and Families at the University of Central Lancashire.
It may be possible to progress to nursery or primary teaching, social work, or to BA(Hons) Citizenship and Care.
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Click here for further information about the BA (Hons) Education Top-Up
How long is the course?
Full-time Two years
Attendance: One day per week plus two days work placement
Part-time Three years
Attendance: One day per week plus one day work placement
When is the next start date?
Full-time - The next intake will be September 2016
Part-time - The next intake will be September 2016
£5750 per year in 2016/17
£3832 per year in 2016/17 (£958 per 20 credit module)
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Please note, fees are set and are payable on a yearly basis and are subject to a small increase in line with inflation.
How can I apply?
All FULL TIME students should apply through UCAS at the link below:
UCAS Application Form
The UCAS course code for the Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services is 8B63.
PART TIME students can apply directly to the college using our online application:
Furness College Application Form
PLEASE NOTE Applicants may be invited in for interview with the course tutor.
Can I get more information?
For more information please contact us:
T: 01229 825017
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