Working with Children and Young People - Foundation Degree

Level 1 Diploma
Course Location


Stockport College


Further Details


University Level

Course Start Date


Course Duration

Full-Time - 2 Years


Childcare & Education

Course Overview

This two-year Foundation Degree in Working with Children and Young People is co-created in partnership with local employers and combines practical experience with academic knowledge to provide you with all the abilities needed to support children and young people.

The programme covers a wide range of themes, including social policy, health and wellbeing, and youth justice and is taught by highly experienced tutors.

Working in this sector is about changing lives and making a positive impact not only to people but to the larger community. This can be a richly satisfying career for the right person, as working in the youth sector may be a difficult task.

Our engaging and diverse curriculum will enable you to effectively engage and safeguard young people while also enabling their personal, social, and emotional growth.

A work placement is required as part of the programme and can be as part of your current job or arranged with one of our employer partners. The placement is meant to provide you the opportunity to put theories and concepts gained in the classroom to the test in a real-world setting.

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.

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.

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.

Working with Children and Young People – Foundation Degree

£6995 per year full time,£3000 per year Part-time
*Subject to Office for Students registration

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

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