Course Type: Higher Education

Foundation Degree in Working with Children, Young People, Families and Communities

  • Course Code AAA0118
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time TBC
  • Start Date 10th September 2018
  • Fee Year 1: £5,500
    Year 2: £5,500
  • Duration 2 years
  • Campus Baltic Campus

This is the second year of a two-year foundation degree and suitable for those who have completed year one at another college.

It's an ideal course if you already work with children, young people or families in your role and would like to further your career. If you are not currently working with children, you will be able to undertake work placements to gain the necessary experience.

Validated by Northumbria University, the course has been developed in collaboration with the university, students and local employers to ensure it is relevant, up to date and contains the skills, knowledge and experience you need to successfully secure work or progress in this field, working with children from 0 to 19 years old.

This programme has been designed to meet the requirements of the Integrated Children's Workforce and meets the national Skills Active standards for playwork and the Children's Workforce Development standards for the Integrated Children's agenda. 

What will I study?

The foundation degree focuses on four pathways:

  • Early years educator
  • Childcare and education
  • Children young people and play
  • Community, children and families.

You will complete six modules in both year one and year two; four core modules and two optional. 

Year 1 - 120 credits

  • Development of scholarship skills and higher education attributes (core module)
  • Creative curriculum and cognition (core module)
  • Safeguarding in the wider context (core module)
  • Past, present and possible perspectives of childhood (core module)
  • Exploring and reflecting on inclusive practice (core module)
  • Play as a vehicle for learning core (optional module)
  • Children, young people and family learning (optional module)

Year 2 - 120 credits

  • Social policy (core module)
  • Parents as partners (core module)
  • Work based project (core module)
  • Professional practice (core module)
  • Managing change through leadership (core module)
  • Outdoor play (option)
  • Healthy Living (option)

Can I go onto complete a BA Hons degree?

Yes. This course will give you the skills, knowledge, experience and UCAS points you need to progress to a BA (Hons) degree programme by studying a further year at university. 

What are the career opportunities?

All our higher education programmes are vocationally focused which means they are designed and taught in a way to ensure you gain the practical skills and knowledge employers are looking for and you leave us with a CV bursting with relevant experience.

Oppportunities exist in a wide range of roles working with children, young people and families such as support workers and early years practitioner.

Please note: Whilst every effort is made to run all advertised courses, this programme will run subject to suitable student numbers. Optional modules will also run subject to suitable student numbers.

An interview is required and a DBS check is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

2 A Levels, or a BTEC National Diploma (averaging merits/distinctions), or equivalent, such as HEFC.

2 GCSE's at Grade C (4) or above, or the equivalent, and ideally a minimum level 1 in Math and English

There are loans available that you can apply for to help cover the costs of course fees or living costs (if studying full time).

For more information or advice, contact our Student Finance Officer on 0191 490 2325 or email grace.harrison@gateshead.ac.uk

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