Do you want to enhance your career whilst continuing in employment? Are you working, volunteering or leading practice in a position within children’s services, such as working as a practitioner in youth and community environments? Then our Foundation Degree in childhood and youth could be perfect for you.
|Academic School:||School of Social Sciences|
|Mode of Study:||Full-time|
|Awarding Institution:||Bishop Grosseteste University|
Typically, a minimum of one year’s experience in practice with a minimum of two days a week (minimum of 12 hours per week accumulating to 360 hours per year of study in a relevant role, either as an employee or a volunteer). In exceptional cases, it might be appropriate to recruit students directly from a Level 3 apprenticeship or another course in which it can be demonstrated that there is a significant element of professional practice. In such a case, this decision will be based on the interview and the suitability of the applicant:
– Typically a Level 3 Diploma, NVQs, access to HE programmes, subject/vocational qualifications;
– Written support from the head teacher/workplace manager in which the applicant works or volunteers;
– A successful interview and successful completion of a written task for all students accepted onto the course.
In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (AP(E)L).
About The Course
This course will help you expand on the already valuable knowledge and experience you have gained so far in your career. We want to help you to enhance the support you provide for children and young people.
This work-focused qualification is a combination of practice-based learning and campus-based taught sessions which run once a week so that you are able to continue in employment or volunteering throughout the course. The foundation degree is designed to improve and develop your personal and professional communication skills, allowing you to professionalise your approach and further your personal growth. The programme increases knowledge and understanding of how children and young people learn and mature. You will explore new ways of working and challenge existing assumptions. You will work with a range of experienced academic staff who have worked in many different settings with children. You will be supported in your studies in a variety of ways, such as through group work and interactive web-based resources. The foundation degree award is organised into two levels, each comprising four modules, to be completed within two years.
This course is suitable for staff in local authorities, schools, the NHS, voluntary and third sector who use group work, informal learning and activity, outreach and community work as part of their role; particularly those working with children, young people and adults often identified as hard to reach. If you want to make a difference in the lives of children, young people and their families this is the degree for you.
The Childhood and Youth with JNC* pathway is newly validated for 2018. This pathway allows you to work towards an academic qualification and a professional qualification recognised by the National Youth Agency. The taught content of the course is the same as the standard Professional Studies (Childhood and Youth) pathway but the professional practice element differs.
Students opting for the Childhood and Youth with JNC pathway are supported by a fieldwork supervisor and lecturers to collate evidence from their professional practice to create a portfolio of work mapped against the national occupational standards for Youth Work.
Students on this pathway must complete the Foundation Degree and Progression Route in Childhood and Youth with JNC* to obtain the professional JNC qualification.
*Please note that the title of the course if taken with the JNC pathway changes slightly, from ‘Childhood and Youth’ to ‘Childhood and Youth (Youth Work pathway)’
This work-focused degree is a combination of practice-based learning and campus-based sessions which run once a week so that you are able to continue in employment throughout the course. The degree is designed to improve and develop your personal and professional communication skills, allows you to professionalise your approach and further your personal growth.
You will work with a range of experienced academic staff and be supported through peer-led groups, directed tasks and interactive web-based resources.
A variety of assessment methods are used including group and individual presentations, debate, written assignments such as essays and reports and portfolios of work focused learning. All assessments allow you to reflect on your practice and theory as you evidence your learning.
Careers & Further Study
Many of our Foundation degree graduates take on higher level roles specialising in areas such as family liaison, special education needs, managing settings in youth work, mentoring or roles in the wider community and with local authorities. The degree has evolved to respond to the demand for graduate professionals set by the government through the professionalisation of the children’s and youth workforce.
The majority of students advance onto our Progression Routes to take their qualifications to honours degree level. Like the Foundation degree, these Progression Routes allow you to study and continue to work.
Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests. We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.
Fees & Finance
A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sorting out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.
Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.