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Children, Young People and their Services - Foundation Degree (FdA)

  • Validated by:
    University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

  • UCAS code: L530
  • Institutional code: H65

The FdA in Children, Young People and their Services programme will provide you with a broad understanding of underpinning policy and key theories relating to all aspects of work with children and young people and how these relate in practice.  By increasing your knowledge base and encouraging you to reflect on the application of theory and policy in practice, there is a strong focus on helping you to become a more effective, and reflective, practitioner within your work role.

Across both years of the programme, knowledge and understanding of key topics and developments, such as safeguarding and welfare issues, government initiatives, updates in legislations and improvements in policies within children and young people’s services, will be enhanced through educational visits and guest speakers.

Teaching is delivered by a team with varied experience and substantial specialist knowledge in working with children and young people.  As a result, a wide range teaching, learning and assessment methods are employed, including lectures, seminars, debates, display work, essays, case studies, presentations, reports, research activities, portfolios and group work. 

You will have access to learning resources at the Hugh Baird University Centre and the University of Central Lancashire, including e-learning resources and the opportunity to use Athens.

You will also undertake 48 days experience in a work related setting each year on the full time course (pro rata for the part time course).

What topics/modules are covered?

The first year modules have been specifically developed to build on your work experience and provide opportunities for you to gain knowledge and skills relevant to your professional practice: 

  • Children, young people and their world
  • Aspects of learning and development
  • Self and study
  • Difference and diversity

Second year modules build on knowledge and professional development gained within the first year of the programme:

  • Policy and practice for children and young people
  • Promoting the welfare of children and young people
  • Frameworks and transitions
  • Managing the professional role in practice

What are the entry requirements?

Students will be considered with a range of qualifications including:

  • NVQ Level 3 in a vocationally related area
  • Open College B units [160 credits]
  • An A level pass (grade C or above),UCAS pts 160+
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • Advanced GNVQ Health and Social Care
  • Advanced modern apprenticeship in C&YP
  • CACHE Diploma
  • Vocational A levels
  • Relevant experience and/or evidence of recent study
  • English GCSE (or equivalent)
  • International students will require minimum IELTS 6 or equivalent

Students who hold an HNC Childhood Studies gain admission with advanced standing as they are eligible for APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning) up to a maximum of 160 credits on enrolling for the Foundation Degree, IF the qualification was studies within the last five years. These cases will be considered on an individual basis through the appropriate documentation submitted to the Programme Director at the University.

All students will be offered advice and guidance followed by an interview.

View Additional Entry and Selection Criteria

What can I do if I complete this course?

Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree may choose to complete a further one year of study to gain a full honours degree and will be offered a guaranteed interview for any relevant Honours Top up programme at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, they may wish to apply for a top up year at another higher education institution or progress directly into their chosen career path.

Career Path

For those employed in early years settings, the Foundation Degree will support career progression as a senior practitioner. The Foundation Degree does not provide a licence to practice but will provide a base for students wanting to progress into careers such as nursery or primary teaching, social care, working in Children’s Centres, youth services and special schools as teaching assistants, family support workers and childminders.


Two years, full time or three years, part time


Primary contact:
Fiona Botsford
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext 6522 or email: fiona.botsford@hughbaird.ac.uk

Other contact:
Kerrie Hewitt
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext 6574 or email: kerrie.hewitt@hughbaird.ac.uk


You don’t need to pay your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England. They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than £21,000 per year. Student Loans will also help to support your living costs.

For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

The standard full time tuition fee rate for this course in 2017/18 and 2018/19 for Home and EU students is:

  • £7,500 per year

The standard part time tuition fee rate for 2017/18 and 2018/19 for Home and EU students is:

  • £1,000 per 20 credit module

The University Centre’s tuition fees are reviewed each academic year.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 09:59