Childcare and Early Years

Foundation Degree Child and Family Studies
Course Title
Foundation Degree Child and Family Studies
Course Code
C000500/1
Mode of Study
HIGHER EDUCATION
Entry Requirements
A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent. Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working. UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed. As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32 points, based on your level 3 studies. Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications. We welcome applicants with relevant work experience. Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.
Leads on to
Being in employment (or voluntary work) is integral and essential to this Foundation degree. A letter of support is required from employers. Each learner must have a work-based mentor for the length of the course. We have an excellent relationship with local Employers, and regularly hold meetings and visit to their organisations. The course allows you to remain in your childcare employment whilst you continue to study allowing you to relate theory to practice and reflect on your learning throughout the course. You may be able to continue your studies at the University of Bedfordshire and top up your Foundation degree to a full honours degree.
Cost
6165
ABOUT THE COURSE
If you are already working (employed or volunteering) with children, young people and families for at least 14 hours per week, this course has been designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to provide a high-quality service as well as enhancing your employment opportunities. Core to this is the belief that we all have rights, should have equal access to services and life opportunities, and that everybody’s qualities and potential are important and valuable. Study the essential aspects of child development and welfare, legislation and policy as you develop your own capacity for independent thinking and creative approaches to working with children, young people and families. At Level 4 you will study: Academic studies; Law, society and Controversy; Understanding Human services and Working with children, Young People and Families. At Level 5 you will study Management; Risks associated with Child Welfare; Multi Agency Working; Perceptions of youth and conduct research in their place of work. Benefit from a course that allows you to enter the final year of an Honours degree (e.g the BA (Hons) Early Years Studies or Child and Adolescent Studies) and opens doors to careers in outreach and community work; educational welfare; family support; youth remand centres; residential social work; special or statutory schools or in children’s rights