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


Approved by:
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Start:
September
Location:
University Centre
Level:
4-5
Institution code:
H65
UCAS code:
L530

Course Details

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).

You will study a range of core modules, including:

FdA Year 1:

  • Children, Young People and their World
  • Difference, Diversity and Inclusive practice
  • Self and Study
  • Aspects of Learning and Development

FdA Year 2:

  • Policy and Practice for Children and Young People
  • Promoting the Welfare of Children and Young People
  • Frameworks, Transitions and the Child
  • Managing the Professional Role in Practice
For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.
Two years, full time or three years, part time.
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.
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.

Primary contact:
Fiona Botsford
Email: fiona.botsford@hughbaird.ac.uk

Other contact:
Kerrie Hewitt
Email: kerrie.hewitt@hughbaird.ac.uk

How much will this course cost me?

Tuition fee loans cover university/college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university/college by Student Finance England, so you don’t need a pot of money up front.

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 a certain amount.

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It’s never too late to learn

We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

We want to make your university education as flexible and affordable as possible. We offer a number of financial support options to help you go further by staying local. You don’t need to pay for 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. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help support your living costs. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

Yes. We have a dedicated team of staff on hand to help guide you through the admissions process, from selecting the right course, to completing your UCAS application and applying for financial support.

If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email careers@hughbaird.ac.uk.

Important terms, conditions and disclaimer information about our courses can be found on our Wider Information Set.