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Working with Children, Young People and Families FdA

  • Level(s) of Study: Foundation degree / Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): L532
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • 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
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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.

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.

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.

Getting in touch

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

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

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.