Children Young People and Families FdSc

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Children Young People and Families FdSc
Code T4R5
Qualification Type Undergraduate Qualification
Qualification Level Level 5
Course type Full Time


We know that effective early help can transform lives, helping parents and carers back into work, stabilising children at school and removing barriers to living and in ensuring productive lives. Within the children, young people and families sector there has been a significant shift in working practices to ensure there is a holistic approach to delivering services. Practitioners are required to change their position in recognising how best to enable families and children to recognise their own capabilities. This course will equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills in order to ensure that families, children and young people are supported to the highest possible standards.

For more information about this foundation degree and BA top up degrees in related subjects -

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This programme will focus on the 0-19 agenda, giving students a broad spectrum of knowledge and understanding of relevant topics which will enhance or develop the necessary skills to work across a wide area of the sector. This programme is suitable for those that already work in the sector to gain a relevant qualification, as well as those who wish to pursue a new career in areas, such as youth work, family support services, youth justice or family hubs to name but a few. Students will explore a range of theoretical subjects, which will be contextualised and applied to practice. In line with the 0-19 agenda focus of working with a team around the family, students will gain an understanding of different aspects required for multi or inter-agency working, with a key feature around safeguarding.

This programme provides a unique opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding of how best to support families and their children. It allows people from many varying sectors to come together and share best practice, enhancing the overall experience for all those involved in its delivery. Students are able to utilise a broad of knowledge bases for all those that teach on this programme. Teaching staff bring together their expertise in order to share their own working experiences with their students. Supporting students in gaining the necessary skills in order to develop an outstanding career within the sector. Staff experiences are what add a tremendous amount of value to this course and is one the of key features within student feedback received.

The programme recognises diversity in society and wider factors that impact on the overall health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families. The programme introduces contemporary issues, such as trafficking, child criminal exploitation and county lines, child sexual exploitation, modern slavery and female genital mutilation as well as the impact of international workers upon perception and practice. The programme aims to support students to build the foundations to become an effective practitioner in a contemporary diverse society. 


Level 4 - 1st year 

Preparing to be a Professional

Research and Study Skills

Working with Professionals and Service Users

Social Policy and Welfare

Lifespan Development

Contemporary Sociological Issues

Level 5 - 2nd year

Personal Development for Professional and Competent Practice

Research in Practice

Equality, Diversity and Anti-Oppressive Practice

Children and Young People’s Rights and Safeguarding

Youth Support

Partnership and Integrated Working

How will it be delivered?

A variety of assessment methods are used on this programme to develop theory, knowledge and practice skills required for working in the sector.

A variety of methods will be used such as lectures, seminars, workshops, student led discussions, directed learning tasks, online learning, experiential learning scenarios, presentations and debates.

Assessment methods are:

Level 4 


Open Essay


Group scenario

Reflective logs

Poster Presentation

Guidance booklet

Group publication

Level 5

Personal Achievement Portfolio

Unseen interview

Research proposal

Student led seminar/discussion

Group campaign

Literature review

Case study

Video essay

Entry requirements

80 UCAS points in a related subject or 60 Access to HE credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3). Additionally, applicants will be expected to have either a minimum grade C in GCSE English or Level 2 Functional Skills.

The University Centre Grimsby encourages applications from students who lack formal academic qualifications. All such applicants will be set an appropriate piece of work, in the form of an essay question (1500-word essay) that will take into account their academic potential and relevant experience. Where students apply with a Level 2 or 3 NVQ in Health and /or Social Care or Youth Work and for non-traditional entries a bridging unit may be offered prior to commencement on the programme to support the shift in academic rigour and study skills.  

Applicants should be aware that a current DBS certificate is required to study on this programme. 

Your next steps...

Progression from this programme is intended to provide students with a range of potential career opportunities including: youth work, working in educational settings, parental support worker, family liaison officers, Family Hubs, or in third sector organisations. In addition, students may progress onto further studies and complete a top up in a relevant subject, such as BSc Health and Social Care Top up (delivered at Nuns Corner campus and validated by the University of Hull), BA Childhood and Youth Studies or the BA Early Childhood Studies. The BA Childhood and Youth Studies Top Up allows students to apply their already existing knowledge on this foundation degree and begin to develop a more cohesive and strategic level of thinking, enabling students to develop and apply their critical thinking skills to their area of expertise.