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

Approved by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
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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.

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

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 elearning 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).


Validated by: UCLan

UCAS Code: L530

Location Code: H65

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

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What are the entry requirements?

In order to qualify for this course, you will need to be aged 18+ and have:

  • 64 UCAS points (160 under the old tariff) made up from a combination of the following:
    • Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject
    • A Levels at grade C or above, including one relevant subject
    • Access to Higher Education qualification in a relevant subject

Additional Selection Criteria:
Meeting the minimum entry requirement for a course does not necessarily guarantee a place. Entry to all courses is subject to a successful interview. When assessing an application, we take into account your grades, predicted grades, reference and personal statement. From your personal statement and interview, we consider your motivation and commitment to success, and any relevant experience you may have. For some courses, we may also ask for a portfolio of appropriate work or an audition.

For some courses, students may be required to find a work placement prior to enrolment and/or undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. These requirements will be discussed at interview.

Mature Students:
We recognise that some mature students may not meet the standard entry requirements but may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience and, therefore, we would consider your application on an individual basis. We would take into account your work and life experience and may ask you to discuss this in more details at interview.

Interview:
All applicants are invited to attend an interview with either the Course Leader or Course Tutor. You will be notified of your interview by our Admissions Team who will also update UCAS Track with details of your application.

UK and EU Entry:
Equivalent international qualifications will be considered towards meeting the general entry requirements. Additionally, EU students, for whom English is not their first language, will be required to evidence an IELTS score or 6.5 or equivalent. Equivalences include:

  • TOEFL written examination score of 550 plus a test of written English (at 4)
  • TOEFL Computer Equivalent score of 230
  • Proficiency in English (Cambridge) at Grade C or above

Please note: To gain access to some courses you may need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for the course. Your acceptance on to the course will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of the University Centre and your placement provider. If you would like to discuss this issue in confidence, please contact Student Services Advisors in The Pod on 0151 353 4444, or call in to speak to them in person.


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.


Duration

Two years, full time or three years, part time

Cost

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 for Home and EU students is:

  • £7,500 per year

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

  • £1,000 per 20 credit module

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


Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course. For full details of our terms, conditions and disclaimers, click here.


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