Get the skills, knowledge and qualification you need to work at a senior level in the Education sector, with children from 0-19, with this Foundation Degree in Childhood and Youth Studies. Designed for both students and staff, it will help you follow a rewarding career path in a variety of sectors, including early years, private or voluntary, within the youth and community sector, or in pupil referral units.

Throughout the course, you’ll review a wide range of contemporary subject areas and participate in the planning of a curriculum for children of all ages, developing your professional and academic skills and your knowledge base across the board.

Focusing on your specialist subject area and building on your work-related learning, you’ll contextualise theory and link this to practice, on the ideal route to being a fully qualified level 5 practitioner within the educational sector.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
2 years
September 2021
Awarding Partner:
Sheffield Hallam University
You’ll be taught by a team of fully experienced teacher educators with a wealth of knowledge from the childcare sector.

All staff have or are working towards higher level Master’s and Doctorate qualifications in Education. They all maintain strong links with Sheffield Hallam University and regularly update their knowledge and skills with the university and within the industry of education.

• Diploma in Childcare / CACHE or BTEC or equivalent level 3 qualification

• 64 UCAS points based upon a relevant full level 3 diploma in the subject area.

• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded
Students will be required to complete a satisfactory interview.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Year 1: Children's and Young People's Development (20 credits)
Develop your understanding of child development from birth to eighteen, looking at theoretical development and its link to children.

Year 1: Community Services and Working with Families (20 credits)

Year 1: Community Services and Working with Families (20 credits)

Year 1: Creating Inclusive Environments (20 credits)
Discover how to create an inclusive environment for all children and youths, looking at how diversity can mean individual children will need support.

Year 1: Curriculum Concepts (20 credits)

Year 1: Curriculum Concepts (20 credits)

Year 1: Industry Based Practice (20 credits)

Year 1: Industry Based Practice (20 credits)

Year 1: Leadership and Management (20 credits)

Year 1: Leadership and Management (20 credits)

Year 1: Longitudinal study (20 credits)
Observe a child over an eight-month period to assess their needs and development, considering the holistic development of him/her and relating it to the developmental norms of child development.

Year 1: Professional Academic Development (20 credits)
Identify your own personal learning aims, develop your academic writing skills, engage in personal and professional planning and advance your practice through coursework, a literature review and presentation.

Year 1: Research and Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)

Year 1: Research and Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)

Year 1: Safeguarding Children and Young People (20 credits)
Examine the safeguarding cases of children and young people and look at the legislative guidelines for working with Children and Youth.

Year 1: The Importance of play (20 credits)
Explore the history and theoretical perspectives of play, then design and implement an activity that will link to theory and help towards meeting the individual needs of children.

Year 1: Understanding and Managing Children's and Young people's behaviours (20 credits)

Year 1: Understanding and Managing Children's and Young people's behaviours (20 credits)
Alcock, P and May, M (2014) Social Policy in Britain
Arnold, C (2003) Observing Harry: Child Development and Learning, 0-5
Batsleer, J. R (2008) Informal Learning in Youth Work
Becker, L (2009) The Mature Student’s Handbook
Bee, H. L. and Boyd, D. G. (2011) The Developing Child
Cheminais, R (2009) Effective Multi-Agency Partnerships: Putting Every Child Matters into Practice
Cottrell,S. (2008) The Study Skills Handbook
Doherty, J and Hughes, M (2013) Child Development: Theory and Practice 0-11
Drake, J (2013) Planning for Children’s Play and Learning: Meeting Children's Needs in the Later Stages of the EYFS
Else, P (2009) The Value of Play
Evans, S and Crowley, K (2016) An Introduction to Child Development

Florian, L, Rouse, M and Black-Hawkins, K (2016) Achievement and Inclusion in Schools
Goddard, G and Walton, A (2012) Supporting Every Child: A Course Book for Foundation Degrees in Teaching and Supporting Learning
Harris, A (2012) Young People and Everyday Multiculturalism
Hughes, B (2011) Evolutionary Playwork: Reflective Analytic Practice
James, A. L. (2012) Key Concepts in Childhood Studies
Lindon, J and Press, (2007) Understanding Children and Young People: Development from 5-18 years
Littlejohn, K and Oates, J (2005) Children’s Personal and Social Development (Child Development)
Lloyd, M. and Murphy, P. (2008) Essential Study Skills for Health and Social care
Loreman, T, Deppeler, J and Harvey, D. D. (2010) Inclusive Education: A Practical Guide to Supporting Diversity in the Classroom

Maslin-Prothero, S. (2005) Bailliere’s Study Skills for Nurses and Midwives
Papatheodorou, T, et al. (2011) Child Observation for Learning and Research
Podmore, V. N and Luff, P (2012) Observation: Origins and Approaches in Early Childhood
The course is run in a classroom environment, allowing you to share your ideas and reflections with your peers. You will also receive tutorial support and sessions focused on wider childhood studies curriculum.

Examples of assessments on the course include:

• Personal skills presentation
• Written assignments including essays, reports and reflective journals
• Academic poster
• Personalised portfolio identifying skills development and areas to improve
• Self and peer assessment
With the knowledge and skills from this course, you can follow a wide range of careers revolving around working with children and youths including:

• Teaching
• Educational welfares officers
• Young offenders unit
• Family liaison
• Children's centres

You may also wish to progress into a more senior role within an education setting, become an HLTA within the education sector, or even work in secondary schools, primary schools, or Pupil Referral units.
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing

When undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work

You will be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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