Youth Studies - Foundation Degree

Course Code: SM1HE110

UCAS Code: L540


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Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
12/09/2022University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per yearApply

Course Overview

Course timetable                                                                                          

indicative Duration: 1 day a week
Day/s of week: Monday
Time: 09:15am - 5:30pm
Indicative Delivery 100% On-site at the University Centre Campus

Looking for a rewarding career pathway where you can make a difference to the lives of young people? 

Designed alongside employers, the Foundation Degree Youth Studies combines the right level of theory with practical experience to equip you for key roles that positively impact young people aged between 10 and 24.

The youth sector can be a highly challenging field of work. Our lively and varied curriculum will prepare you to successfully engage and safeguard young people, while facilitating their personal, social and emotional development.

The course is taught by highly qualified tutors with a wealth of youth sector experience, online and at our dedicated University Centre in Blackpool. We offer a safe and friendly learning environment, smaller classes and dedicated one-to-one support – particularly welcomed by those who haven’t studied in a while.

Through our close employer links, you can look forward to excellent career progression within residential children’s homes; fostering and adoption services; youth justice services; mentoring and advocacy roles in the areas of mental health, social care or domestic abuse; and pastoral roles within secondary and further education settings.

Since the programme is awarded by Lancaster University, you will graduate with a UK top 10 university qualification. If you progress to our one-year top-up programme you could convert this qualification to a full honours degree, enhancing your career prospects further.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline:

  • MPP from Extended Diploma or MM from Diploma in relevant level 3 such as Children and Young People's Workforce 
  • English Language grade C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2. If not achieved must work towards and achieve in first year of study
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component

Additional Requirements:

  • All applicants must provide a letter of support from their employer confirming proposed work experience 
  • If no Level 3, a minimum of a relevant Level 2 qualification such as Health and Social Care, Child Care Learning and Development, Children and Young Peoples Workforce achieved within the last two years.
  • 12 months hands on experience in the workplace with service users (does not include administration)
  • You must hold a current DBS

A professional discussion may be required prior to offer if you do not meet the exact entry criteria


Qualification Obtained

FdA Youth Studies

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Intro to Social Policy and WelfareSM4MD13320Mandatory
Child and Adolescent DevelopmentSM4MD13420Mandatory
Management and LeadershipSM4MD13620Mandatory
Working with Young PeopleSM4MD13720Mandatory
Introduction to Academic Study ShacSM4MD15320Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Work Based Research ProjectSM5MD18520Mandatory
Professional DevelopmentSM5MD18620Mandatory
Contemporary Issues in Youth WorkSM5MD18720Mandatory
Looked After ChildrenSM5MD18820Mandatory
Child and Adolescent HealthSM5MD18920Mandatory
Youth JusticeSM5MD19020Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Specification

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Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
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