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Key Facts

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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 2 Years
UCAS Code:L520
Campus Location: Central Bedfordshire College

About the Course

This Foundation Degree equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to work effectively and successfully in the field of child and family services, opening doors to a range of careers.

This course helps you gain an in-depth understanding of the essential aspects of child development and welfare. It gives you the skills required to provide high-quality services for children, young people and families. Your studies have a strong vocational orientation with real practice issues informing the curriculum and your work.

You are expected to be employed or volunteering with children or young people for a minimum of 14 hours per week and need a work-based mentor to support you with your studies over the two years.

The course is set within the context of current events, research legislation and policy. You are also given opportunities for undertaking research in preparation for your independent project as well as enjoying the practical experience of working with children, young people and families.

Why choose this course?

  • Benefit from the University of Bedfordshire’s new Health & Social Care Academy, run in partnership with local councils and NHS Trusts to recruit and train the next generation of health and social care workers
  • Flexible timetabling (over one afternoon and evening) means minimum disruption to the working week
  • Learning while working in childcare (with the support of your employer and a mentor) allows you to relate theory to practice
  • Completing the course allows you to enter the final year of our BA (Hons) Child and Adolescent Studies
  • It opens doors to careers in outreach and community work; educational welfare; family support; youth remand centres; residential social work; special or statutory schools; or children’s rights

Units

  • Introduction To Academic Study And Work-Based Learning (Work Based Learning Activity) (ASS074-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Working With Children, Young People And Families In Practice (Work-Integrated Learning Activity) (ASS075-1) Compulsory
  • Law, Society And Controversy (Child And Family) (ASS076-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding The Human Services (Child And Family) (ASS077-1) Compulsory
  • Child Welfare: Perspectives On And Approaches To Risk Assessments (Child And Family) (ASS082-2) Compulsory
  • Managing Applied Experience Within A Work Based Learning Environment (Work-Integrated Activity) (ASS083-2) Compulsory
  • Multi-Agency Working (Child And Family) (ASS084-2) Compulsory
  • Perceptions And Discourses Of Childhood (Child And Family) (ASS085-2) Compulsory
  • Researching Children And Family Practice (Work Based Project) (ASS086-2) Compulsory

The overall strategy of the Foundation Degree seeks to reflect the breadth of study possible, as well as ensuring that learners have the opportunity to build on areas of particular interest or relevance to themselves. Continuous assignment based assessment is seen as the most effective way to determine academic development and achievement. It is a suitable approach for learners returning to study who need immediate feedback for reassurance and to take remedial action if necessary at the earliest opportunity. The assessment types will include: Case study Report Presentations Portfolio Individual education plan Curriculum plan Continuous assignment based assessment Reflective log or integrated work based experiences Project Observations Exam Reflective journal WIKI These assessment methods have been chosen as they will assist learners to review their learning and capture naturally occurring situations within the setting. This strategy informs the assessment methods in each individual unit in the course and has due regard to the level descriptors and course learning outcomes. After Graduation On completing this course you will have developed the skills and knowledge required to support your career prospects within the sector. You are likely to progress into the following areas: Outreach and community based project work Educational welfare Family support/family centres Youth remand centres/prisons Residential social work Special schools Statutory schools Childrens rights/complaints Further study: Completion of the Foundation Degree allows the learner to enter the final year of the BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies, BA (Hons) in Child and Adolescent Studies or BA (Hons) in Early Years Studies Opportunities will also be available to undertake further training, develop existing skills, and acquire new competences that will enable you to assume responsibility within organisations. You will also have acquired new qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment and progression to other qualifications requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making. Finally you will have the ability to utilise opportunities for lifelong learning.

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.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

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.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

You will be expected to be employed or volunteering with children or young people for a minimum of 14 hours per week. You will need a work based mentor to support you with your studies over the two years.


On completion of this course you will have developed the skills and knowledge required to support your career prospects within the sector. You are likely to progress into the following areas:

  • Educational welfare
  • Family support/family centre’s
  • Youth remand centre’s/prisons
  • Residential social work
  • Special schools
  • Statutory schools
  • Children’s rights/complaints
  • Outreach and community based project work
  • Early years provision

Further study

Completion of the Foundation degree allows you to enter the final year of the BA (Hons) in Child and Adolescent Studies.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2019/20 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2019/20 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student