Higher Education


The Foundation Degree Arts Children and Young People is a programme for those working, or wanting to work, with children and/or young people from birth to twenty-five years of age in a wide variety of education and care settings. This part-time course enables both qualified practitioners (already employed in the children’s and young people’s sector) and student practitioners to develop further academic and vocational knowledge, skills and understanding and to apply these in their work with children and young people. The Foundation Degree Arts Module Framework is comprised of a set of common Core Modules, sharing the same philosophies, understandings and values for practitioners working in an integrated children’s and young people’s sector with children and young people 0– 25 years of age. A number of specialist practitioner option modules have been designed so that practitioners and student practitioners can select from these to meet their personal, professional and employment needs and interests.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are usually 48 UCAS points from A level or equivalent qualifications such as:

• NVQ 3
• BTEC National Certificate
• BTEC National Diploma
• CACHE or NNEB award
• Open College Network Credits
• Completion of a recognised Access to Higher Education course

For further information for UCAS points please visit www.ucas.com

Five GCSEs including English and Maths at Grade 4/C or above or equivalent such as; Key Skills, Functional Skills or Higher Diploma qualifications. It is recognised that not all experienced applicants had the opportunity to achieve five GCSEs or equivalent. While these are preferred, individual circumstances and qualifications may also be considered.

You will be required to write a short essay at the time of interview to demonstrate the ability to understand or make use of written material and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English.

All applicants will be required to attend for an interview

We will also consider information included in your application. We will want to see that you are enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from university level study.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) will be in negotiation with the Programme Leader.

Placement requirements;

As this is a work-based learning qualification, you should be employed or undertaking a voluntary placement of two days per week within the context deemed to be relevant to Children’s and Young People’s sector (Mandatory Placement).

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place on the course. All applicants must give consent for the college to record their DBS number. The University of Derby requires confirmation that this has been completed prior to enrolment. Please consult with your employer/placement provider regarding DBS requirements and costings.

There is a requirement for a work-based practitioner who will act as a critical friend throughout the course. It is your responsibility to find a suitably qualified critical friend to support your professional development during the course.


The qualification consists of twelve 20 credit modules as follows:

Level 4

Core modules:

-Higher Education Study Skills
-Ethical Practice, Attitudes and Values
-Integrated Services
-Work-based Reflective Practice
-Supporting Teaching & Learning OR Early Years Provision & Practice OR Introduction to SEND

PLUS one Level 4 optional module.

Level 5

Core modules:

-International Perspectives in Provision & Practice in the CYP Sector
-Children’s, Young People’s and Family Rights
-Research Methods and Practice
-Secondary Research
-Supporting Learners with SEND OR Understanding Behaviour

PLUS one Level 5 optional module.

Personal Development Planning (PDP) is threaded throughout the foundation degree. You are required to reflect on your personal, professional development and vocational practice through work-based learning and assessment.

The programme is delivered through a blended teaching and learning approach utilising a diverse and innovative range of learning and teaching modes including the use of e-learning, on-line resources and audio-visual resources, lectures, seminars, tutorials, work-based learning, project supervision and guided independent study.


There is no examination; assessment throughout the programme is through 100% coursework.

The emphasis of the assessment methods for this programme is for you to produce assessed work that will be topical, innovative and current to reflect working practices. Assessment methods used include:
• Written assignments, including essays
• Reports
• Oral assessment and presentation
• Audits and SWOT analysis

Awarding body

University of Derby - www.derby.ac.uk


Upon completion of the Foundation Degree in Children’s and Young People’s Services with a pass or more it is possible to progress with a direct entry to a University of Derby (www.derby.ac.uk) Level 6 Honours Programme (entry onto the final year of the following degrees):

Early Years Pathway – BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, BA (Hons) Education Studies

Teaching Assistant Pathway – BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies, BA (Hons) Education Studies

SEND Pathway – BA (Hons) SEND, BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies

You may be able to apply to other universities for entry onto Level 6 of similar degree courses.

Additional information

Additional help and support is available to you should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410062.

Duration and Times

Start date: 29/09/2021

End date: 22/05/2024

Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Days of week: W

Number of Weeks: 34

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