Family Support and Wellbeing - Foundation Degree

Course Code: SM1HE98

UCAS Code: 3V4S


Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
14/09/2020University Centre2 Years / £8,335 per year Apply
14/09/2021University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per year Apply
How you will study with B&FC for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course Overview

Looking for a rewarding career pathway where you can make a positive contribution to families’ wellbeing? 

Designed alongside employers, the Foundation Degree Family Support and Wellbeing combines the right level of theory with practical experience to equip you for key roles within family support practice.

Family support typically involves working with hard-to-reach families. Our lively and varied curriculum will prepare you to promote effective family development sensitively and meet families’ welfare, health and safety needs.

The course is taught by industry specialist tutors, 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.

Whether you’re starting or advancing your career, the programme is a springboard to excellent career openings and progression in the areas of family support within children’s centres, pastoral support/mentorship in schools and colleges, residential childcare, coaching and mediation. 

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 or equivalent from an appropriate discipline. You will also be required to be employed (paid/voluntary) in the sector whilst on course and thereafter for a minimum of 256 hours per year (average 8 hours per week over 32 weeks) and 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.

Qualification Obtained

FdA Family Support and Wellbeing

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

Values and PrinciplesSM4MD11520Mandatory
Health and Wellbeing PracticesSM4MD11620Mandatory
Development and ResilienceSM4MD11720Mandatory
Sociological Perspectives Child and FamiliesSM4MD11820Mandatory
Policy and Provision Family SupportSM4MD11920Mandatory
Introduction to Academic Study ShacSM4MD15420Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Working with Crisis and ConflictSM5MD16520Mandatory
Specialist Therapeutic PracticesSM5MD16620Mandatory
Contemporary Issues Family SupportSM5MD16720Mandatory
Principles of Safeguarding and Ethical PracticeSM5MD16820Mandatory
Leading Managing Family SupportSM5MD16920Mandatory
Work Based and Placement LearningSM5MD17020Mandatory

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 Handbook

Programme Specification