Foundation Degree (FdA)
Leaflet Code: CR26076FT
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.
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.
Non-academic entry criteria
All applicants will be expected to be either working in the sector or be in a position where they can acquire voluntary or paid work in the sector. The work in the sector should equate to a minimum of 90 hours per year which will total 180 hours over the programme of study.
Applicants will require an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. This is a legal requirement to enable applicants to work with children. This Enhanced DBS will need to be in place prior to commencement of the course and the DBS check and process will be organised by UCEN Manchester (irrespective of whether the applicant currently holds an existing Enhanced DBS certificate) during enrolment, registration and induction in line with the attached policy Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks for Learners Policy and Procedure . The DBS application fee will need to be paid for by the applicant.
An Enhanced DBS will disclose all criminal convictions and cautions ever received including those that have been spent. Where a criminal conviction or caution is disclosed during the application process, the relevant UCEN Manchester Safeguarding and DBS policies and processes will be applied in assessing your application.
Where you are subsequently offered a place on the course, the course leader will provide you with the appropriate advice and guidance in relation to career options after graduation. Where an applicant is offered a place having gone through this process, it remains the responsibility of the applicant to acquire the requisite amount of placement hours in order to complete the course.
Theories of Childhood (20 credits)
Year 1: Creating Inclusive Environments (20 credits)
Year 1: Observations Strategies on Children and Young People Development (20 credits)
Year 1: Professional Academic Development (20 credits)
Year 1: Safeguarding Children and Young People (20 credits)
Year 1: The Importance of play (20 credits)
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
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.Learn more
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.