Working with Young People - Foundation Degree (Lancaster University)


Qualification Obtained: Foundation Degree in Working with Young People

Course Overview

This course is predominantly aimed at people already employed by the sector, who want to gain access to up-to-date knowledge and skills directly relevant to their area of work. Throughout the programme, you will develop a sound understanding of the principles underpinning the role of a young people's worker and learn how to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems at work. You will also foster an understanding of the wider, social, political and economic issues related to the care and development of young people.

The recruitment pool for this foundation degree includes a wide range of practitioners such as voluntary youth workers, learning-mentors, teachers, teaching assistants, foster carers, residential care workers, social workers, health care staff, police officers, community officers, drug workers and volunteers in any area broadly involving work with young people between the ages of 8 and 18 years (incl).

It is important to note that the course is not merely about youth in peril or, necessarily, at recognisable risk; it encompasses work with all children and young people between the ages of 8 years and 18 years and seeks to develop knowledge and understanding of young people’s development, needs and aspirations, regardless of economic, social or cultural background. The course is about supporting and maintaining the wellbeing of young people; a positive celebration of later childhood and youth, as experienced by young people and those who work alongside them.

Course Entry Requirements

200 UCAS points or a Level 3 qualification in an appropriate discipline. 

You will be required to be employed (paid/voluntary) within a health and social care setting for a minimum of 1 day per week whilst on the course. 

You will also be required to supply a letter of support from employer (paid/voluntary) at enrolment. 

We welcome applications from those with relevant work experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements.

2017 Entry Requirements

A new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, the new entry requirements are as follows;

A minimum of 48 UCAS points (previously 120) or equivalent from an appropriate discipline.

You will also be required to be employed (paid/voluntary) in the sector within 30 days of the start of the course and thereafter for a minimum of 256 hours per year (average 8 hours per week over 32 weeks). Also, supply a letter of support from your employer at enrolment. Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.

Study Options

Course Code: SM1HE89
UCAS Code: L540
Start Date: 12/09/2016
End Date: 08/06/2018

Duration: 2 Years
Location of Study: University Centre

Course Code: SM1HE89
UCAS Code: L540
Start Date: 12/09/2017
End Date: 08/06/2019

Duration: 2 Years
Location of Study: University Centre

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If you require any further information about this course please contact us on the following:

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01253 504 343


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