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Working with Children, Young People and Families - Mansfield FdA

  • Level(s) of Study: Foundation degree / Undergraduate
  • Typical Offer: 64 UCAS tariff points
  • UCAS Code(s): L532
  • Start Date(s): September 2024
  • Duration: Two years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: NTU at Mansfield


Are you ready to take the first step towards making a positive impact on the lives of children and their families? On the FdA Working with Children, Young People and Families course, you’ll study a range of modules to help you become a confident, knowledgeable and effective practitioner.

Taught at NTU in Mansfield, you’ll cover topics and approaches relating to childhood and society. Developed with sector employers, this course is designed so that your academic study directly relates to your working environment.

Whether you plan to go straight into the world of work on completing your foundation degree, or this is your stepping stone to further study, you’ll gain the knowledge and transferable skills you need to progress in a diverse range of areas. You'll be prepared for a future in a variety of careers including education, social and health services, community work and other diverse support work.

  • The course includes a placement alongside your studies, in areas such as family and youth support agencies, charities and local youth groups.
  • NTU in Mansfield is your alternative route to higher education. We've built this qualification with the local job market in mind. Each of our higher education courses is relevant, hands-on and work-focused.
  • On completing this foundation degree, you’ll be well-placed to go straight into the world of work and take up a variety of careers within the sector.
  • You will also be eligible to top-up to degree-level study with the BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families (Level 6) or enter Year 2 of BA (Hons) 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.

Core modules (20 credits each)

Child and Adolescent Development

This module provides the theoretical underpinning as to various factors within the psychological, physiological and sociological development of a young person that may contribute to their current situation and behaviour. Within the module, key theories underpinning child development are examined, drawing upon the perennial debate of whether personality is shaped by nature or nurture. The impact of family and social networks on a young person’s behaviour will be examined and how different types of behaviours manifest will be explored. You will learn how to identify behaviours which are ‘atypical’ and will gain experience in assessing a young person’s case file for risk and resilience factors.

Rights, Ethics and Safeguarding

An understanding of rights, ethics and safeguarding is essential for employment when working with children, young people and vulnerable adults in a range of settings. This module will provide knowledge and understanding of the legislative framework underpinning professional working practices with a focus upon child and adult safeguarding, offender rights and the potential conflict this may have with public protection. The concept of ethical practice is introduced, and conscious and unconscious bias is be examined. You are encouraged to reflect on your own ethical position in relation to the welfare/judicial paradigm.

Social Policy

The purpose of this module is to introduce how the lives of children, young people and families are affected by social policy. You will explore a policy cycle that begins with understanding social problems and moves through applying social values, operating political processes, and evaluating sustainable social outcomes related to UN global sustainability goals. You'll appraise the main institutions of the British welfare state; and explore the operation of political processes by examining what is involved in the making and implementing of social policies. This is to help you understand how the way we respond to society’s issues is shaped by our understanding of  people’s problems, the values we believe in, the processes by which decisions are made and implemented, the interests of key stakeholders in the decision-making process, and the body of past responses that constrain our choices.

Youth Work and Informal Education

Designed to introduce the theory, policy and practice of youth and community work and informal education, the module explores the complexities and processes of inclusive informal education and learning in a range of settings. It will help students develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to work effectively with young people individually or in groups and facilitate their informal learning and personal development. There is also a focus on helping to develop community engagement using group work and a range of interpersonal skills.

Students will develop an understanding of the purpose of informal education and youth and community work and insights into the relevance of different models of practice. You will gain insights into the ethics guiding youth work practice, including issues such as professional boundaries and confidentiality and the challenges of supporting young people from a multi-agency perspective. You will be introduced to the core principles relating to reflective practice.

Preparing for Professional Practice

The aim of this module is to enable students to gain an understanding of the world of work by undertaking work experience with an organisation that provides a service working with children, young people and families. Through the context of work related and work-based learning, you will become familiar with key concepts associated with service delivery, explore the interrelationship between theoretical perspectives and practice, contextualise learning from other modules on the course, and engage in personal professional development planning.

Reflection, Assessment and Intervention Strategies in Social Work 1

This module builds on previous learning in the course to explore the role of social work, the problems encountered, and the assessment methods used in social work. Social workers play a key role in services for children, young people and families particularly where individualised supports is required. This module introduces key concepts of social work for those wishing to explore it as a potential career option and those who will work with social work professionals in other roles within the sector.

Core modules (20 credits each)

Parenting Theory and Practice

Having understood issues around child and adolescent development in Year 1, this module helps you consider some of the challenges that these present from a parents' perspective. Parenting is explored in culturally divergent settings, to parenting children with additional needs to looking at ways in which the wider community may be able to provide parenting support. Family units can be subjected to a range of internal and external pressures, which can affect parents’ ability to manage or create negative or destructive patterns of behaviour. In this module interventions and approaches to support parents and maintain the family unit are explored. Therapeutic parenting as a way of addressing behavioural issues stemming from trauma or neurodiversity (e.g. ADHD or sensory issues) is explored along with techniques for de-escalation and reconciliation.

Reflection Assessment and Intervention Strategies in Social Work 2

This module builds on the introduction to social work practice, in the Reflection, Intervention and Assessment Strategies in Social Work 1 module in Year 1. It focuses on different approaches to intervention in social work, including underpinning theories and their application in practice: the latter leads us into considering interventions in the light of agency policy, professional values and evidence of effectiveness.

Residential Care and Social Pedagogy

Within the children, young people and families sector there has been a significant shift in working practices to ensure there is a holistic approach to delivering services. Drawing from international perspectives, contemporary practices in residential care have started to introduce Social Pedagogy as an approach to corporate parenting. Social pedagogy draws on core theories from education, sociology, psychology and philosophy to interpret how children and young people interact with society and its impact on well-being, learning and growth. It is about meeting the holistic needs of children, young people and their families. This module aims to introduce you to the principles and practice of social pedagogy, the psychological, education, social and philosophical theories behind the approach, and the skills needed to develop effective relationship with children, young people, their families and the multi-agencies supporting them.

Developing Skills for Professional Practice

Building on your work experience, the aim of this module is to provide a more in depth work-based experience, in an area of practice that you would like work in the future. The module will be predominantly experiential in nature to include 150 hours of work placement, where you will collect and build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your skills development. Reflective practice, professional values, interpersonal and communication skills will feature highly in this module.

Social Inclusion

This module will build on knowledge of social policy relating to marginalised groups of people investigated at level 4; this includes, but is not limited to young offenders, BAME, disabled and people experiencing mental ill-health. The module will develop knowledge and understanding of social inclusion and citizenship.  You will explore contemporary social divisions in society, the processes by which these develop into patterns of social exclusion and the policies which have attempted to promote social inclusion. The module also enables the exploration of a range of personal, social and economic barriers which contribute to the ongoing social exclusion of young people. Education exclusion will be investigated, and you will identify and evaluate a range of policies designed to address the needs of particular groups of young people.

Working with SEN and Vulnerable Individuals

This module is designed to help you to develop your knowledge regarding specific SEN, disabilities and vulnerabilities. Concepts of empowerment and constraint in relation to social and medical models of disability and vulnerability are explored and related to practice.

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

Student Profiles

Linda Huddart

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.

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 - Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Course Leader and lecturer for Foundation Degree and BA (Top-up) Working with Children, Young People and Families, at the NTU Mansfield site.

Charlie Porter-Baker - Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Charlie Porter-Baker is a Lecturer in the Department of Social Work, Care & Community at NTU.

Sarah Askin - Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Sarah Askin

Careers and employability

Your future career

Upon completion of the FdA Working with Children, Young People and Families, you ​can study for an additional year to top up to ​a full degree with the BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families (Top-Up), or apply to join the professionally qualifying BA (Hons) Social Work in Year 2.

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.

This course prepares you for careers in the public, private and third sector such as:

  • family support and community development, including outreach and projects to support families in need in social care, education and health organisations
  • non-teaching roles in schools, alternative provision and informal education settings including pastoral care, transition and attendance officers
  • Youth Work roles (further study is required to gain professional status in this area).

This course also provides an excellent foundation into further study to gain a social work qualification.

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. 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. Teaching will take place at the University Hub'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:

  • On-site Café
  • Teaching and Learning Centre
  • Library
  • Social spaces
  • Student support services
  • Dedicated study zones including PC suites

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Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from up to three qualifications
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.

To find out what qualifications have tariff points, please use our tariff calculator.

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 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.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form.

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.