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Foundation Degree Working with Children, Young People and Families

Train to work with children and families on a course developed in consultation with employers.

Course length 2 Years
Location Collegiate Campus
UCAS LX53 Course code

Course description

Qualified and skilled children young people and families workers are in demand across a range of health education and social care settings. This course has been developed in close collaboration with employers from the children, young people and families' sector, to ensure you graduate with the skills, experience and knowledge to develop a successful career.

What you study

You study modules which are designed to introduce you to the core skills and knowledge required for working with children. These modules equip you with the skills and knowledge to support your professional, intellectual and future career development. Your studies include subjects such as safeguarding and assessment, child development, parenting and work-based learning.

You also study interprofessional modules with students from a variety of professional backgrounds such as social work and nursing. This allows you to gain an understanding of the importance of the integrated workforce.

Key areas include • safeguarding and child protection • parenting • child development • prevention and early intervention • reflective practice • personal and professional development.

We use a range of teaching and learning methods to ensure course content appeals to you, whatever your learning style. We do not use exams as an assessment method. Instead you prepare case studies, presentations, portfolios and assignments.

You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Placements and work experience

You gain real insight and experience working with children young people and their families with 400 hours spent in work-based learning placements. We offer placements in a wide range of statutory, voluntary and independent settings, including • children's centres • schools • family support services • youth service.

Work-based learning is a crucial element of the course as it provides opportunities for you to

• learn alongside skilled professionals

• develop values, skills, knowledge, confidence and practice competence

• link theory to practice to support your professional development


Your studies take place in our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building on the Collegiate Campus, where you have 24 hour access to our learning centre with PCs, library and media resources, study spaces, and support services.


You get support throughout your studies to help you develop your skills and knowledge. At the beginning of your studies you are allocated an academic advisor from the teaching team who helps guide your progress through the course. You also receive support on placement from a work-based learning supervisor.

Entry requirements

This course is subject to re-approval

2017 entry requirements

You need to demonstrate experience of working with children, young people or families in a paid, voluntary or caring capacity, and a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution.

Normally GCSE English Language or English literature and mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above or equivalents*, plus one of the following

64 UCAS points with at least 24 points from one full A level or equivalent BTEC National qualification. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies.

• Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in social science, health studies, health science, nursing or another relevant course. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3.

*GCSE English and maths equivalents

• Level 2 Adult Numeracy/Literacy

• Level 2 Key Skills/Application of Number

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk


If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

Care experience

Before you apply for health courses, we require you to have gained some practical experience relating to your subject area. Download our applicant experience guidelines for information about the kinds of experience we expect you to have and the best places to gain it. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.

Skill requirement

You also need to demonstrate an ability to

• study academic subjects at degree level

• debate topics and issues

• draw on conclusions from written material

• study independently as well as a member of a group

• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods

• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations.

These are normally achieved through completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.

The selection event

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

Course enrolment – professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare during the admissions process any

• unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.

• involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments

• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

In addition

• you must attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course.

• you must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

• where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the professional issues team within five working days of receipt of the certificate.

• your full enrolment on your course will not be confirmed until the professional issues team have confirmed that your DBS Enhanced Disclosure indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable people.

• You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

• You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements – from when you apply to the end of your course – you must tell the professional issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637.

Disability support

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions or disabilities you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the course requirements and take part without disadvantage.

The Disability Disclosure booklet provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course. You can contact our disability co-ordinator for social work and social care on 0114 225 5769 to discuss any queries you may have or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).

Open day

As these roles can involve psychologically and emotionally taxing work, we recommend that you come along to a University open day to learn more about the general expectations of the course.

Course structure

Two years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one core modules

• safeguarding and assessment • personal professional and academic development • work based learning • foundations for effective collaborative practice • social justice and policy

Year two core modules

• developing capability for effective collaborative practice • using and evaluating evidence to inform practice • theories and practice of parenting • child development and wellbeing • work-based learning

Assessment Assessments include
  • portfolios
  • presentations
  • group work
  • written assignments.
There are no exams.


There are many options and career paths open to you as a children, young people and families worker.

This course gives you the skills and knowledge to begin careers in
• education – roles include • learning mentor • teaching assistant • behaviour support worker • inclusion worker
• health – roles include • health care support worker • community children's healthcare worker
• social care – roles include prevention and early intervention worker and family support worker
• early years – roles include early years practitioner and nursery manager
• voluntary sector – a range of roles for voluntary sector agencies, such as Barnardos and NSPCC.


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

2017/18 academic year

Please visit our health and social care funding pages for more information.

International student

Additional course costs

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Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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