Children, Young People and their Services (FdA)

It provides the opportunity to gain a Level 5 qualification in working with children and young people aged 0 to 18 years in a variety of public, private, voluntary and independent settings including:

  • schools
  • children's centres
  • extended schools
  • pre-school and care provision.

The Foundation Degree is available to study on a full or part-time basis. It will enable practitioners and professionals, children's services employees, teaching assistants, play workers, and other interested students, access to a qualification directly relevant to day-to-day employment.

As this qualification is highly regarded and valued by employers, it will help you to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs in the sector.

Work based study and experience is an integral part of the programme and many of the assessments are based on work undertaken in the workplace. You are expected to relate theoretical ideas to practice wherever possible. Full time students are expected to attend placement 2 days a week, and part time 1 day a week.

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Full-time: 2 years.

Part Time: 3 years.

Course Content

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.

Entry Requirements

200 UCAS points.

All applicants will additionally require GCSE English at Grade C or equivalent.  Mathematics at GCSE Grade C is also desirable.You may also qualify for the course if you have other qualifications or relevant life/work experience.

The University's Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) scheme will apply, to allow recognition of alternative or professional qualifications, life experience, motivation and commitment.

If you have not studied recently, you may be given a maths and/or English assessment to enable the teaching team to direct support appropriately.

To enrol on this course you must undergo a check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) which will cost £44.00*. Evidence of a criminal prosecution does not necessarily exclude you from the course but it must be disclosed. *Price correct at March 2012.

Careers & Further Opportunities

For those employed in an education and care environment, the Foundation Degree will support career progression and professional development. The Foundation Degree does not provide a licence to practice but will provide a foundation for students wanting to progress into 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 childminders.

Successful completion of this course allows you to progress to year three of the BA (Hons) in Education or the BA (Hons) in Children, Young People & Families at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). You can also use this qualification as part of a programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (provided you have the necessary GCSEs, and that you complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)).

Your Tutors

Marie Green

Deirdre Dougan

Audrey Isherwood

Martine Fox

Anne Frear

Jackie M'Cartney

Wendy Taylor

Health, Safety & Well Being

Runshaw College is committed to ensuring you have a happy, successful and productive time with us - ensuring your health, safety and well being is at the heart of everything we do. 

We proactively encourage the disclosure of any disabilities or issues which may impact on your learning experience - this can be at interview, enrolment, or at any other stage during your studies.  Any information you disclose will be held in strict confidence and will be used to assess your in-class support needs and inform a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to ensure your safe evacuation from the College in the event of an emergency.  If you would like further information, please contact Course Enquiries on 01772 642040.


Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

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.