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UCR CYPTSThe demand for highly-qualified practitioners to work with children, young people and their families is rapidly increasing.

Our innovative Career Degree aims to develop you as a confident, knowledgeable and effective practitioner, working with children, young people and their families in a variety of education and care settings. It provides a foundation for those wanting to progress to careers such as nursery or primary teaching, social care, working in children's centres, youth services and special schools as teaching assistants, family support workers and child minders. For practitioners and professionals such as children's services employees, teaching assistants, play workers and others already employed in an education and care environment, it will support career progression and professional development by allowing you to complete a qualification directly relevant to your day-to-day employment.

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Foundation Degree in Children, Young People & Their Services

Childcare Career Degree Benefits...

  • a professional placement to enhance your employability skills and set you ahead of the game when looking for your first graduate job. Work based experience and study is an integral part of our Career Degree, providing you with invaluable skills and experience to ensure you stand out from the crowd in today's competitive job market. Placements integrate theory and practice with professional development and observational visits. Many course assessments are based on work undertaken in the workplace.
  • sector specific training such as behaviour management and first aid / first aid refresher training, to ensure you have additional skills employers seek.
  • national and international study visits designed to enhance your knowledge and bring learning to life. These include visits to:
    - the Early Years Professional Development Centre at Wilton House, Chorley - a training venue for early years practitioners, with purpose built training rooms and interactive learning environments for children from birth to the end of their reception class and beyond.
    - a Sure Start Centre – designed to improve outcomes for young children and their families by working to make sure all children are properly prepared for school, regardless of background or family circumstances.
    - a Forest School - an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a woodland environment.
    - a NASEN conference to promote special needs provision and inclusive practice.
    - a European country to see overseas childcare practices in action. In previous years, visits have been to Krakow and Prague.
    - a conference at UCLan and Primary Strategies Conference focusing on contemporary topics in the sector.
  • guest speaker visits from sector professionals such as social workers, practicing counsellors and early years managers, to further develop your knowledge.
  • superb teaching and learning delivered by highly qualified tutors from the field of children's services. Our students achieve outstanding grades and student satisfaction is second to none. The Foundation Degree pass rate in 2013 was an outstanding 100%.
  • team building activities designed to develop the communication and team working skills employers seek.
  • a compact timetable providing you with the opportunity, freedom and flexibility during the remainder of the week, to organise your time to suit your personal circumstances and to gain valuable work experience.
  • class sizes that provide you with a more personal teaching and learning experience. You'll experience all the advantages of a large university education, combined with all the benefits of studying in a supportive learning environment.
  • volunteering opportunities allowing you to enhance your CV and gain valuable experiences that demonstrate to employers your commitment to your career and the community.
  • an annual tuition fee (currently £6,000) which is lower than many universities.
  • talk to employers about job prospects at events such as the Runshaw Careers Fair.


Careers are rich and varied and are available in public, private, voluntary and independent settings including:

  • playgroups
  • children's centres
  • day nurseries
  • nursery schools
  • nursery classes in primary schools
  • play work
  • schools - primary & secondary
  • extended schools
  • pre-school and care provision
  • registered child minding and nannies
  • care provision
  • youth support
  • family support

Foundation Degree in Children, Young People & Their Services

The course will cover:

Year 1 - Studied at Runshaw

  • Self & Study (all year module)
    This module aims to prepare you for Higher Education (HE) learning and supports personal development, as well as professional and reflective practice. The module will include the opportunity to develop study skills, time management, academic writing skills and knowledge of requirements.  It will also promote the effective use of both theoretical and practical learning opportunities.
  • Aspects of Learning & Development (all year module)
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the holistic nature of child and young person development.  It will foster an integrated approach to working with children and young people, through awareness of theoretical approaches, and practical perspectives to support children and young people's learning and development. 
  • Children, Young People & Their World (Semester 1 module)
    This module will explore the curriculum frameworks, the political, social and legislative influences on the frameworks, linked to children, young people and their environments. Aspects of how children learn and develop will be explored, alongside the role of the adult and the importance of play and leisure.
  • Difference & Diversity  (Semester 2 module)
    This module will examine the legislation and policy and practice within settings, and will explore how diverse needs and requirements are addressed to support children and young people. A wide range of issues will be investigated in relation to equality and diversity in contemporary society.

Year 2 - Studied at Runshaw

  • Policy & Practice
    This module explores the identification of political, social and economic constructions of the actual concept of childhood and investigates the services we provide for children and young people. Legislation, social policy and ideologies will be examined, alongside multi-agency working, curriculum frameworks and theoretical perspectives, and comparative links to education in other countries.
  • Promoting the Welfare of Children & Young People
    The aim of this module is to enable you to have an understanding of theory, principles of parenting and different styles of parenting, and children and young people's vulnerability. Legislation and policy will be examined, with aspects of interagency working and how to meet children and young people's needs.
  • Frameworks, Transitions & The Child (all year module)
    This module spans all year as there is a range of research subjects contained within it, and it is divided into three thematic approaches. This includes explorations of the curriculum frameworks for the different age groups and aspects of their structures to support children and young people and to promote learning and development.  The transitions that children and young people experience are investigated, and the implications for support and guidance considered.
  • Managing the Professional Role in Practice (all year module)
    This module is also a yearlong module of study and is again divided into themes of research. Aspects of management theory, principles and approaches to childcare will be explored, alongside the different education and social care settings which children and young people may attend. The professional role of the practitioner will be considered in light of the refreshed common core of skills and knowledge and workforce requirements. You will have the opportunity to carry out a desk based research project to extend your knowledge and skills.

Programme Specification

The Programme Specification is the formal document that is Approved by the University of Central Lancashire. It sets out the key elements of the course on which Approval is based.Click below to view the Programme Specification for the Foundation Degree Children, Young People and Their Services.

icon FD CYPS Programme Specification (114.25 kB)

Teaching & Assessment

The table below shows you the relative proportions of scheduled and independent learning and types of assessment for your course.

  Scheduled Learning Independent Learning Types of Assessment
Written Practical & Coursework
Foundation Degree in Children, Young People & Their Services Year 1 30% 70% 0% 100%
Year 2 30% 70% 0% 100%


uclanlogo-72Runshaw College Career Degrees are approved and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).   


Entry Requirements & Duration

200 UCAS points (taken from a minimum of 2 A Levels; a National Certificate/Diploma; or an NVQ Level 3 in a relevant subject). All applicants will additionally require GCSE English at Grade A*-C or equivalent. Mathematics at GCSE Grade A*-C is desirable.

You may also qualify for the course if you have other qualifications or relevant life/work experience.

All students must also undergo a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check at a cost of £44 (price correct at Oct 2014). Evidence of a criminal prosecution does not necessarily exclude you from our Career Degree but it must be disclosed.


As this is a  workbased learning programme placement is required in a relevant environment. 2 days if studying full time and 1 day if part time per week.


Full-time (2 days per week) over 2 years or Part-time (1 day per week) over 3 years at Runshaw's Euxton Lane Campus.


Top up your degree

The Foundation Degree in Children, Young People & Their Services is a recognised (Level 5) qualification in its own right. It will support career progression and professional development in an education and care environment.

Most of our graduates chose to top-up their Foundation Degree to a full Honours degree by continuing their education to the final year of the following degrees at UCLan Preston:

  • BA (Hons) in Education & Professional Studies – Year 3
  • BA (Hons) in Children, Schools & Families – Year 3

The Foundation Degree may also be used as part of a programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status, provided you have the necessary GCSEs and complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

If you wish to progress to an alternative university, you are strongly advised to research the entry qualifications required for your chosen course prior to enrolling at Runshaw College.

How to Apply

Full-time Course - you will need to complete a UCAS (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service) application form. Forms and 'how to apply' handbooks are available in schools, from colleges and careers offices, or direct from UCAS (visit and click on 'Apply'). Please use the following information on your application form:

UCAS Code: L690
Institution Code Name : CLANC
Institution Code: C30
Campus Code: R
Short Form of Course: Fda/CYPS

Part-time Course - Please apply direct to Runshaw using a Runshaw College HE Application Form. Forms are available by contacting our HE Admissions Team on tel:01772 642040, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We value diversity and promote equal opportunities.

Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.