Foundation Degree in Working with Children and Young People

Course Overview

This course caters for people who are already working with children and young people to provide a professional development opportunity. Our course links current research and children/young people’s development theory to professional practice and has well established relationships with local and regional employers.

Course Requirements

All applications will be considered individually however offers will usually be based on:
64 UCAS points (those with 48 UCAS points will be considered for an interview)
BTEC Level 3 qualification (2 years) in relevant subject
Other related Level 3 qualifications
Normally 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or numeric score of 4/5 under newly reformed GCSE grading), including maths or English
An Access to Higher Education Diploma in relevant area

Related work experience will be considered in place of formal qualifications
You must have approximately 2 years of experience of working with children and currently be working for a minimum of 2 days per week in an appropriate setting. This could be paid or voluntary.

You will also need a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) certificate that has been issued within 12 months of the start of the course. You can apply for one at enrolment, for a fee, if necessary.

Course Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used from reports and essays to presentations and portfolios. Typically each unit has one form of assessment attached to it. The assessments have been carefully designed to support and develop your skills in independent thinking and learning.

Course Finance

Please contact the College for further information.

Course Includes

On this programme you will study the following units:

Level 4:
The Reflective Student
Learning and Development
The Enabling Practitioner in the 21st Century
Working Together
Effective Teamwork
Specific Needs

Level 5:
Safeguarding in Practice
Leadership and Management
Key Issues
Research Theory and Practice
The Critically Reflective Student


Foundation Degree (FdA) Working with Children and Young People.

Course Potential Careers

On successful completion of the course, students may choose to apply for a one-year top-up to gain a full BA (Hons) Childhood Studies at the University Centre, Stockport College, which is also awarded by Sheffield Hallam University. The majority of students choose this option to enhance their career progression opportunities.

Students are generally already in relevant employment, but many students use the Foundation Degree to help secure promotion, or to change career pathway. Previous graduates have progressed to careers in management, SENDCo roles, pastoral work in educational settings, social care and community work, family outreach services and youth justice work. Many students progress to further professional qualifications to pursue careers in teaching (Primary, Secondary, or Further Education in Colleges) or embark upon a Master's level of study.

Course Dates

September 20201 - June 2023

Course Times

To be confirmed

Email Contact

Examining Body

Sheffield Hallam University

Hours Per Week

Full time (one day attendance). You will attend one day per week, spend two days in an appropriate setting and use the remaining time for independent study.

Phone Contact

0300 300 0090


30-34 weeks