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Child & Family Studies Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (full-time)

  • HE

Run in association with the University of Bedfordshire, this degree-level course gives you a comprehensive understanding of child and family issues, drawing on knowledge and theory from the fields of psychology, childhood development, working with families and professional skills and practice. Attendance for this course is one day a week in college, independent study outside of lectures is flexible, allowing you to remain in relevant employment whilst you continue to study.  This will enable you to relate theory to practice and reflect on your learning throughout the course.

Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 32-48 UCAS Points from a Level 3 course (e.g. A-Level, Level 3 Diploma, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent).
  • English GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent.
  • Maths GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent is desirable.
  • We welcome applicants who may not meet the above entry requirements but have relevant work experience within the industry.
  • You may be asked to attend an interview to discuss the requirements of the course.

You will also need to undertake a paid or voluntary placement in a relevant setting related to children and/or families (minimum two days per week/14 hours per week) for the duration of the course. You should ideally arrange your own placement but the course team will also be able to assist you in this.

Course content

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 Reflective Learning, the Level 5 unit Managing People and Career Development in the Human Services. As part of the Managing People and Career Development in the Human Services unit we have a student residential which consists of two days away including an overnight stay on a Friday and Saturday. You are advised to save around £100 for this.

This course will help you gain an in-depth understanding of the essential aspects of child development and welfare and equip you with the skills required to provide high-quality services for children, young people and families. Their rights, and the belief that they have equal access to services and life opportunities regardless of social difference, feature strongly throughout the course. You will apply knowledge to current practice.

Level 4

  • Introduction to Working with Children, Young People and Families in Practice (work integrated learning activity)  
  • Introduction to Academic study and Work Based Learning (work based learning activity) 
  • Narratives of Childhood and Youth (Subject to Validation)
  • Law, Society and Controversy

Level 5

  • Researching Child and Family Practice (work based project)
  • Perceptions and Discourses of Childhood
  • Working Together: Inter-agency approaches to Child Welfare assessment and intervention (Subject to Validation)
  • Management and Applied Experience within a Work Based Learning Environment (Work-integrated activity)

Assessment methods

A wide variety of study methods are used throughout the course and emphasis is on student centred inclusive learning. Teaching methods will include lectures, discussion, seminars, role play, group work, guided study and experiential classes. You will also be required to work independently using both College and University learning resources.

All units are assessed by a variety of methods, e.g. Written assignments, oral presentations, timed examinations and reflective logs. Students are expected to develop the skills of reflective practice and the writing of a reflective journal, and commitment to personal and professional development is a requirement of this Foundation Degree.

Further study and career options

On successful completion, you can progress straight on to the third year of a course delivered at the University of Bedfordshire, to achieve a BA (Hons) Child & Adolescent Studies, BA (Hons) Early Years Studies, or BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies degree.

Additional information

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code B23 and the course code L990. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

A part-time route consisting of studying two units per year (rather than four) is also available in some circumstances.

There is 1 day per week of taught sessions (usually between 9.30am and 6.00pm) held at the College. 2 days per week are designated for placement (students can organise which days to do this themselves) and 2 days per week are designated for independent studying and reading.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

For a September 2020 start, this course will run on a Tuesday between 9.30am - 6.00pm.

Course Information & How to Apply

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 27/09/2021 £6165 Cauldwell Street BBA1246

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.