Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services | Furness College
Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services

Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services

Course Content

How long is the course?

The course can be studied full-time over two years (attendance is one day per week, plus two days work placement) or part-time over three years (attendance is one day per week, plus one day work placement).

Where will I learn?

Furness College, Channelside campus

How will I learn?

A mixture of taught sessions, work placements, seminars and tutorials.

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 Placement

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, children’s 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 be assessed?

Portfolios, assignments, reports, presentations, research projects, work-based mentoring.

Are there any additional costs?

Full-time fees for 2023/24 are £6,966 per year. Part-time fees for 2023/24 are £4,644 per year (£1,161 per 20 credit module). The full cost of the course is £13,932. Please note, fees are set and are payable on a yearly basis and are subject to a small increase in line with inflation.

Programme Specification

Programme Specification coming soon.

Entry Requirements

When is the next start date?

September 2020.

Enrolment & Timetable Information

September 2020, dates to be confirmed.

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.

How can I apply?

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses must be made through UCAS. If you haven’t started a UCAS application yet, and only want to apply to us, you can apply directly using our direct application form/portal and we will process a UCAS application on your behalf.

Can I get more information?

For more information please contact us: T: 01229 825017 E: info@furness.ac.uk www.furness.ac.uk


What opportunities will this lead to?

Employment with Senior Practitioner Status Progression to year 3 of the BA (Hons) Education at Furness College or the 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 the BA(Hons) Citizenship and Care.

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Student Profile
Ashleigh Patterson

Ashleigh Patterson is studying a BA Hons in Education and Professional Studies after achieving a Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services. She said: “For others thinking about Higher Education, I would say it’s not as scary as you may anticipate. I thought I would struggle completing a course while working, however doing this has improved my time management and taught me how to prioritise jobs.”

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