children and young people's services
Foundation Degree in Children's & Young People's Services - Awarded by the University of Derby
2 years full-time
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This course is designed for those who wish to gain a Level 5 qualification in working with children and young people from ages 0-19 years. You could be working, volunteering, or wanting to work in sectors including social care, education, mental health, family support or working with ex-offenders. The course is completed over two years; the first year will see you working at Level 4 and the second year you will be working at Level 5.

What will I learn?

The course provides you with strong knowledge and specialist understanding of working with children and young people in a range of settings. You’ll study core and optional pathway modules, selecting one of the following to specialise in: 0-5 years, 5-19 years or 0-19 years.

Mandatory units include: Integrated Services; Work-based Reflective Practice and Equality & Diversity.

Optional units include: Supporting Teaching & Learning, Early Years Provision and Practice, and Psychological Approaches to Care.

How will I be taught?

Our industry experienced tutors have vocational backgrounds in care, health, education and social work, allowing teaching to be versatile. You will be required to undertake a placement of 2 days per week for the duration of the programme in a suitable setting (paid or unpaid).

How will I be assessed?

The course has a range of assessment methods, including written assignments, portfolios, writing essays, discussion papers and delivering presentations. There are no examinations, however you may undertake practical activities related to your work placement.

What can I do next?

Demand is growing for qualified practitioners working in children’s and young people’s services; this course will boost your employability as you’ll have specialist knowledge, understanding and professional skills to progress in your practice.

Is there anything else I need to know?

You do not have to be currently working in the sector, but you will need to secure a work placement when starting the course. The tuition fee is £6,000 per year for full time learners and £4,000 as a part time option. You may wish to purchase a uniform for placement and any study materials. Trips are also offered on this course at a cost.

Entry Requirements

You will need to hold a Level 3 qualification along with maths and English at GCSE grade 4 or above or Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have maths and English at these grades, you will need to be committed to work towards achieving those qualifications. It is not an essential requirement for the course, but it will be essential when securing employment in the children and young people’s sector.

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