Typically 64 UCAS Points or equivalent 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.
Applications can be made directly to the College or via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting:
Institution Code: C27 Course Code: L511
The course will be run on a Tuesday, between either 3 pm or 1.30pm 7.30pm.
This course is franchised and awarded by the University of Bedfordshire. Further details about the University and its courses are available at www.beds.ac.uk.
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 Your studies will have a strong vocational orientation, with 'real' practice issues informing the curriculum and your work. You will be expected to be employed or volunteering with children or young people for a minimum of 14 hours per week. You will have a work based mentor to support you with your studies over the next two years. The course is set within the context of current events, research legislation and policy. You will also be 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. Underpinning the course is the belief that children, young people and their families have rights and should have equal access to services and opportunities, regardless of social difference. Valuing the potential and the qualities of children and young people are also guiding principles. We are working alongside the Sector Skills Council to provide this Foundation degree, which has been designed to equip you with the up-to-date knowledge and skills you will need to be an effective and successful practitioner in the field of Child and Family Studies
Who is the course suitable for?
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. We have an excellent relationship with local Employers, and regularly hold meetings and visit 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. The time table runs over 1 afternoon and 1 evening allowing for a minimum time 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 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. We work in groups to prepare a presentation for formative assessment. This also provides an excellent opportunity for team building and group work ready for the second year.
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, Wikis and case studies. As per the Code of Practice section 9: Work-Based and Placement and Learning this course requires you to be in either paid or voluntary work for a minimum of 2 days per week working with children, young people and families. The Foundation Degree Bench 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. The aim of the Foundation Degree is to provide staff in childcare establishments with a vocationally relevant higher education qualification, the content of which reflects the demands and diversity of their roles.
Specifically, the aims of the Child and Family Studies Degree are:
To provide a progression to a higher level for candidates who hold Level 3 qualifications and who are currently in employment in relevant work settings. To develop and contribute to the training, knowledge and professional skills of practitioners in the field of childcare and education. Students will be enabled to meet changing circumstances in employment, practices and promotion to supervisory or management roles.
The objectives of the Foundation degree in Child and Family Studies are to:
Develop extensive knowledge and skills in all areas of child development and child care service provision. Understand various related theoretical perspectives and how these are linked to and inform policy and practice in the area of childcare. Draw out, develop reflective skills and extend learning from the workplace experiences and activities. Develop a sound working knowledge of childcare legislation and current government policy and initiatives. Initiate and carry out independent child care research activities. Develop skills in critically analysing theories, policy, planning and practice in the child care arena. Relate theory to practice and reflect on practice through utilisation of the students own experiences gained from existing practice in the field of childcare. Become reflective practitioners with good self-awareness and ability to transfer knowledge and skills to different specialist areas of child service provision.
The educational aims attempt to integrate academic and integrated work-based learning through close collaboration between employers and programme providers. The aims are designed to appeal to learners wishing to enter a profession as well as those seeking continuing professional development. They are designed to meet the needs of the local employment market and links to the Bachelor's degree with Honours on either Child and Adolescent Studies or Early Years Studies. The course has a balance of intellectual and practical skills.
During the course you will: Develop extensive knowledge and skills in all areas of child development and child care service provision Understand various related theoretical perspectives and how these are linked to and inform policy and practice in the area of childcare Cultivate independent thinking and creative and innovative approaches to working with children, young people and families Develop a sound working knowledge of childcare legislation and current government policy and initiatives
Areas of study you may cover on this course include: Child observation Beliefs expectations and language of youth Social policy and families Multi-agency working Applied psychology for child and family studies Management and organisational theory
Development of Maths and English
You will build on a range of study and vocational skills including English and Mathematics and ICT during the course.
Employability Skills Development
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:-
Demonstrate a sound working knowledge of relevant policy, legislation and service provision, together with in-depth knowledge of specialized areas of study and the ability to recognise when legislation in relevant for different workplace practices;
Engage in reflective working and innovative approaches to working with children and young people and families;
Relate theory to practice and reflect on practice through utilization of students own experiences gained from existing practice in the field of children and young peoples services,
Evidence an understanding of key theoretical perspectives and their applications within child care policy and practice;
Demonstrate familiarity with key research methodologies and techniques, selecting and applying a methodology appropriately in order to complete assessments and prepare for higher levels of study.
Evidence a solid grounding from which to pursue child care related careers and professions, including the potential to become reflective practitioners with the self-awareness and ability to transfer knowledge and skills to children young peoples services.
- To build on your academic skills to enhance your future employability, your communication skills both oral and written and finally to promote critical thinking skills giving you the confidence to question and reason information received.
College and University staff will support your professional development throughout the course, discussing the range of jobs available in education settings and linking them to your skills and experience.
How will the course be taught?
There will be lectures, discussions, supported research, support group working and reflection. You will use the college?s virtual learning environment and the University of Bedfordshire?s, and will have access to all the facilities of both organisations.
How will I know how well I am doing?
Assessment is through a series of assignments which includes reflection on your practice. Your tutor will help you track your progress and support you in completing the programme of assessment successfully.
Are there any additional costs?
There are very few additional course costs for learners beyond the fee. You will need basic stationery, and a good USB stick and a scientific calculator are useful. We have an excellent library and good IT facilities at college, so if you don?t have access to the internet at home, you can complete your work in college or at the University.
What course can I do next?
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 centres ? Youth remand centres/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 the learner to enter the final year of the BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies, BA (Hons) in Child and Adolescent Studies or BA (Hons) Health and Social Care.
Opportunities will also be available to undertake further training, develop existing skills, and acquire new competencies 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.
Where can I get further support/advice?
How do I join the course?
To apply, you need to access UCAS (https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/apply-and-track) quoting: