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Child and Family Studies, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #801 (WUR) Grantham, United Kingdom
If you are already working (employed or volunteering) with children, young people and families for at least 14 hours per week, this Child and Family Studies course from University of Bedfordshire has been designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to provide a high-quality service as well as enhancing your employment opportunities.
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Overview

Core to this is the belief that we all have rights, should have equal access to services and life opportunities, and that everybody’s qualities and potential are important and valuable.

Study the essential aspects of child development and welfare, legislation and policy as you develop your own capacity for independent thinking and creative approaches to working with children, young people and families.

Choose the Child and Family Studies course from University of Bedfordshire and:

  • Learn whilst working in childcare, with the support of your employer and a mentor, allowing you to relate your learning and theory to your practice
  • Study with a diverse range of people, with a wealth of experience to share with each other
  • Develop extensive knowledge and skills in all areas of child development and childcare service provision
  • Explore areas of study including: child observation; beliefs, expectations and language of youth; social policy and families multi-agency working; applied psychology; management and organisational theory
  • Gain understanding of theory, policy and practice as you develop a sound working knowledge of current legislation, Government policy and initiatives
  • Benefit from a course that allows you to enter the final year of an Honours degree (e.g the BA (Hons) Early Years Studies or Child and Adolescent Studies) and opens doors to careers in outreach and community work; educational welfare; family support; youth remand centres; residential social work; special or statutory schools or in children’s rights

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Being in employment (or voluntary work) is integral and essential to this Foundation degree. A letter of support is required from employers. Each learner must have a work-based mentor for the length of the course. We have an excellent relationship with local Employers, and regularly hold meetings and visit to their organisations.

The course allows you to remain in your childcare employment whilst you continue to study allowing you to relate theory to practice and reflect on your learning throughout the course. The timetable runs over 1 afternoon and 1 evening allowing for a minimum time taken from work. The course seeks to develop your personal, professional and study skills in areas such as multi-agency working and working in social or child care. 

Employability is also core to the Foundation Degree and is part of the teaching programme at every level in units such as the Level 4 unit Reflective Learning, the Level 5 unit Managing People and Career Development in the Human Services. As part of the Managing People and Career Development in the Human Services unit we have a student residential which consists of two days away including an overnight stay on a Friday and Saturday. 

We work in groups to prepare a presentation for formative assessment. This also provides an excellent opportunity for team building and group work ready for the second year.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Working with Children, Young
  • People and Families in Practice 
  • Introduction to Academic study and Work
  • Based Learning 
  • Understanding the Human Services
  • Law, Society and Controversy

Audience

We are looking for students who will contribute to and benefit from a programme of study with us. We will consider you as an individual and take into account all aspects of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for both breadth and depth in your current studies as well as enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.
  • Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.
  • As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.
  • Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

Work Experience

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    6165 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6165 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

Funding

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