Children, Families and Community Health FD

About the course

If you work (or want to work) with young children, helping them to get off to the best possible start, this course will enhance your ability to engage with children, their parents/carers, families and communities.

Develop the knowledge and skills to help you promote the physical, intellectual and social development of infants and young children, through a practical and vocational course of study.

Combine theory and work-based practice to develop skills and qualities that prepare you for roles in health and care, with opportunities for further study and professional development.

Choose Children, Families and Community Health Foundation Degree and:

  • Learn in an accessible, small-group environment, tailored to helping you gain relevant skills and experience
  • Study the relevant social and psychological scientific perspectives to support your own practice
  • Develop your own critical thinking along with the relevant skills for working with children, their parents or carers, wider families and communities
  • Explore your potential for further study with the opportunity, on successful completion of the Foundation degree, to continue studying and top-up to a full Honours degree
  • Benefit from a course that allows you to enter the final year of an Honours degree (e.g the BA (Hons) Child and Adolescent Studies) and opens doors to careers as an early years practitioner, Sure Start worker, in early years management, as a parent support advisor or Home Start worker

Children, Families and Community Health - FD - Grantham College

  • Apply Via - DIRECT ENTRY
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - Grantham College
  • Start dates - Sep
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

The Foundation Degree in Children, Families and Community Health offers students a means by which those interested and / or engaged in the promotion of the physical, intellectual and social development of infants and young children can develop practical and vocationally relevant skills. It reflects the desire and commitment by the College to widening participation in Higher Education.

The Foundation Degree is designed to offer learning opportunities, which are:

  • Accessible:
  • Small-group centred;
  • Relevant to children, family and community life employment opportunities;
  • Integrate theory and work based experience ;
  • Foster critical understanding based on the application of social and psychological scientific

perspectives to support work practice;

  • Essential for enhancing various skills entailed in engagement with children, parents/ carers, families and communities.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?


  • Childhood Health And Physiology (ASS035-1) Compulsory
  • Community Health And Well-Being (ASS039-1) Compulsory
  • Difference And Diversity (ASS040-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Child Development 0-11 (ASS042-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Developmental Psychology (ASS041-1) Compulsory
  • Research Study Skills And Personal Development (ASS036-1) Compulsory
  • Strategies For Parenting (ASS038-1) Compulsory
  • The Social Context Of Family Life (ASS037-1) Compulsory
  • Development Of Public And Community Services In Britain (ASS043-2) Compulsory
  • Early Years Health And Community Research (ASS046-2) Compulsory
  • Language And Communication Development (ASS044-2) Compulsory
  • Lifespan Psychology (ASS042-2) Compulsory
  • Safeguarding Children (ASS041-2) Compulsory
  • Sociology Of Health (ASS045-2) Compulsory
  • Work Based Practice (ASS039-2) Compulsory
  • Working With Families (ASS040-2) Compulsory

Discover the School of Applied Social Studies

Established in 1994, the School of Applied Social Studies at the University of Bedfordshire has come to be recognised as a place where teaching and research combine to provide students with a rich and supportive learning environment.

This has been achieved by developing and delivering high quality programmes of academic and professional study.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.

How will I be assessed?

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 and 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



Reflective log or integrated work based experiences


Phase Test

Reflective journal

These assessment methods have been chosen because 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.

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.

2017/18 entry

UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting 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 32-48 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.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Being in employment (or voluntary work) is integral and essential to this Foundation degree. A letter of support is required from employers.

The course allows you to remain in your employment whilst you continue to study allowing you to relate theory to practice and reflect on your learning throughout the course. The timetable runs over 1 day a week allowing for minimum time to be taken from work. The course seeks to develop your personal, professional and study skills in areas such as multi-agency working and working in social or child care. Employability is also core to the Foundation Degree and is part of the teaching programme at every level in units such as the Level 4 unit Community Health and Wellbeing the Level 5 unit Work Based Practice.

Students attending the course come from a diverse range of employment and have a wealth of experience to share. There are various assessment methods to meet individual needs including the standard essays and presentations to seminars and case studies.

, This course requires you to be in either paid or voluntary work for a minimum of 5 hours per week working with children, young people, families or the aged.

The Foundation Degree Benchmark 2010 states that integrate academic and work-based learning through close collaboration between employers and programme providers is a distinct feature of this course and it is designed to appeal to learners wishing to enter a profession as well as those seeking continuing professional development

Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

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

  • Fees are £6,200

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

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

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


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


Children, Families and Community Health - FD

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