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Working with Children, Young People and Families - Mansfield FdA

  • Level(s) of Study: Foundation degree
  • UCAS Code(s): L532
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Two years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: NTU at Mansfield
  • Entry Requirements:
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Do you have a strong interest in supporting and working alongside children and their families? If so, this course could be for you.

Taught at NTU in Mansfield, you will engage with a broad knowledge base concerned with children and society, which will open up a wide range of opportunities in education, social and health services, community work and other diverse support work.

On completion of the foundation degree you will be eligible to top-up to a degree in various subjects such as BA Social Work.

What you’ll study

This course has been developed with sector employers and designed to help you meet this need. Academic study will be directly related to your working environment - this will enable you to become a confident, knowledgeable and effective practitioner.

There are six modules in year one each worth 20 credits

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Reflection, Assessment and Intervention Strategies in Social Work 1
  • Preparing for Professional Practice
  • Social Policy
  • Rights, Ethics and Safeguarding
  • Informal Education, Youth and Community

There are six modules in year two each worth 20 credits

  • Social Inclusion
  • Skills Development for Professional Practice
  • Parenting Theory and Practice
  • Working with SEN and Vulnerable Individuals
  • Residential Care and Social Pedagogy
  • Reflection Assessment and Intervention Strategies in Social Work 2

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Linda Huddart

FdA Working with Children, Young People and Families

Mansfield NTU is a great university to study and achieve your goals. I have noticed in year 2 that Mansfield is offering more social activities, sports etc that are normally offered at the other campuses and they continue to offer more social opportunities.

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How you’re taught

Teaching learning and assessment will be varied, appealing to a diverse range of learners, and make use of technology in the form of electronic portfolios, blogs, and simulation suites.

You will develop essential transferable skills such as effective communication skills; analysing information; problem solving and decision making. You will have the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge through a variety of activities including classroom based, simulated and work related activities.

You will also undertake valuable work experience in both years of study and plan for your own personal career development.

Staff Profiles

Kerry Lemon


School of Social Sciences

Course Leader and lecturer for Foundation Degree Working with Children, Young People and Families, at the NTU Mansfield site.

Careers and employability

Your future career

Upon completion of the FdA Working with Children, Young People and Families, you ​study for an additional year to top up to ​a full degree level, or apply to join the professionally qualifying NTU BA (Hons) Social Work or BA (Hons) Youth Work at level 5.

Graduates from this course are well-placed to take up a variety of careers within the industry and students can go straight into work after their foundation degree.

With an FdA in Working with Children, Young People and Families you can start your career path towards roles such as Teaching Assistant, Early Year Educator,​ Family support worker; Youth worker, or Childminder.

Excellent placement opportunities

The course includes a placement alongside your studies. You can develop your skills and experience in a working environment which is highly valued by future employers. We offer placement opportunities in areas such as family and youth support agencies (youth work, education, social care), charities and local youth groups in the Mansfield area and the Citizens Advice Bureau. You can also use your own work opportunity if suitable.

Why undertake a placement?

  • You will gain vital experience in a vocational position.
  • It will boost your CV and build useful contacts for your future career.
  • There are some exciting and challenging opportunities available

Careers Team

At NTU in Mansfield, our award-winning Employability team is here to inspire and enhance your career planning, whichever path you choose. Whether you wish to go on to further study or to look for job opportunities, we can guide you to be a successful candidate.

Campus and facilities

We are continually investing in our facilities and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has announced an exciting new partnership with West Nottinghamshire College, which will see its higher education (HE) provision delivered from the College’s main campus in Mansfield. Teaching will take place at the College’s £6.5 million University Centre, which opened in 2016 and which is equipped with the latest facilities and state-of-the-art technology. Facilities include:

  • Diner and Courtyard Café
  • Learning resource centre
  • Social spaces
  • Sports hall
  • Student support services
  • Students' Union
  • Dedicated study zones including PC suites

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – DDE, excluding General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, excluding General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

Other requirements:

You may also need to complete:

  • an enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
  • a Prohibition Order check; and
  • a satisfactory placement suitability check.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our brand-new library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our NTU in Mansfield library is home to a wide range of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Printing and materials costs

Students should also budget approximately £100 per year to cover any printing that they may require to support their studies.


If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please call us on +44 (0)115 848 4200 or complete our enquiry form.