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Working with Children, Young People and Families - Mansfield 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

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. 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. Students 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.

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.

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.

Social Policy

The purpose of this module is to introduce how the lives of children, young people and families are affected by social policy. Students 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. They 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.

Rights, Ethics and Safeguarding

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 to be examined. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own ethical position in relation to the welfare/ judicial paradigm.

Informal Education, Youth and Community

This 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.

There are six modules in year two each worth 20 credits

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. Students 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.

Skills Development for Professional Practice

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.

Parenting Theory and Practice

This module helps students consider some of the challenges that these present from a parent’s 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. 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.

Working with SEN and Vulnerable Individuals

This module is designed to help students to develop their 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.

Residential Care and Social Pedagogy

This module aims to introduce students 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.

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.

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.

Foundation Degrees are vocationally based and therefore offer opportunities to study alongside work within the sector. Whilst this is a full time course the delivered sessions are condensed into a two day per week timetable to allow students to continue, or start, working with children, young people and/or families in either an employed or voluntary capacity.

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 ​can 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. 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.