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Foundation Degree in Childrens Workforce Practice

Ashington Campus
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Awarding Body:
University of Cumbria

Foundation Degree in Children's Workforce Practice Level 5.

Start Date:
04 September

Who is the course for?

The Foundation Degree Children s Workforce Practice aims to enable individuals to develop their knowledge and understanding around their work with children.

Applications are welcome from individuals working in diverse roles across the Children s Workforce, for example in schools, nurseries, youth/play work, residential care, health and social environments, specialist or alternative provision, inclusion/behavioural/SEN support teams and family support. Please note: this is not an exhaustive list and applications are encouraged from any individual working with children and/or young people from birth to 18 years.

Applicants may already be employed in the sector or could opt to engage in an appropriate voluntary placement 100 hours in year one and 150 hours in year two.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You need the equivalent to 48 UCAS points and GCSE English at C or 4 or equivalent. A DBS clearance is also required, which shows that you are able to work with children and young people.

What will I study on the course?

Year one modules at level 4:

- Work-based Learning and Professional Development

- Learning to Learn

- Theories of Learning and Development

- Informal Learning Across the Children s Workforce

- Supporting Children and Young People with Additional Needs

- Safeguarding Children

Year 2 modules at level 5:

- Work-based Practice and Continued Professional Development

- Methods of Enquiry (research project)

- Leading Change

- Inter-professional Working

- Promoting Positive Behaviour

- Inclusive Practice

Validated by: University of Cumbria

Duration 2 years part time (Sept-July)

Level 5

Course Cost: £3800 Fees for 18/19

Additional costs:

Students are advised they may incur extra costs for additional books, journal subscriptions and resources. If the printing allocation is exceeded then you may need to purchase additional credits. Student are responsible for transport costs and this includes field trips.

You will be assessed using a diverse range of methods. Students will be expected to submit formal written reports and will also be supported to engage in work-based projects/audits, presentations, professional discussions, research projects, individual and group activities and practical assessments.

Upon successful completion of this course you may choose to seek employment or top-up your Foundation Degree to a BA Honours Degree with a further year of study at University. There is also an opportunity to progress directly onto the Early Years Teacher programme, subject to appropriate GCSE attainment.

Successful students may secure a range of roles across the children's workforce sector as a Family Support worker, in Children's Centres, Learning Support Worker or Youth Worker. There is also great potential to gain pastoral/management roles across schools, early years settings, other relevant childcare provision. Further training and teacher training could also be a possibility.

Foundation Degree in Children's Workforce Practice Level 5.

Students completing the programme can progress onto the one year BA (Hons) Childhood Youth and Family Studies programme here at Northumberland College, validated by the University of Cumbria. In addition, the Foundation Degree offers an opportunity to approach any higher education institution to request access onto their BA (Hons) programmes. Students may opt to cease study at this point and are then able to apply for higher level posts within the Children s Workforce.

Higher Education learners are entitled to apply for HE Loans that cover the cost of tuition. In addition, depending on your chosen course of study and individual circumstances, you may be entitled to a maintenance loan. You may also qualify for a college bursary All learners can also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals for learners resident in houses where income is below £25000 annually.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email or drop in to one of our open events.

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Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

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