Working with Children & Young People Foundation Degree*

100% overall student satisfaction rate (NSS 2016)

Recently the children’s services have been transformed by the shift towards an integrated inter-agency approach where children’s welfare, including their social care, educational and health needs, is viewed holistically.

York St John University
Course fees
£3,500 per annum
2 years full-time
YSJ Code
Study Abroad
Subject to revalidation in May 2017

Course structure

You will complete either twelve 20-credit modules or ten 20-credit modules and one 40-credit module.

An emphasis will be placed on learning in the workplace through reflection and research.

Level 1 & 2 are equivalent to Levels 4 & 5 of the National Qualification Framework.

Revalidation is likely to  mean that the programme title may change and there may be additional specialist routes though the Foundation degree.

There will be additional modules, which may include:

  • Academic Development
  • Mental health
  • Children and young people's development
  • Rights, risk and safeguarding
  • Additional specialist modules

Level 1

Modules may include:

Working with Children and Young People Foundation Degree | York St John

  • Children, Young People & Values
  • Effective Communication & Developing Positive Relationships
  • Working with Parents & Families
  • Understanding Children’s & Young People’s Development
  • Safeguarding Children & Young People
  • Teams & Team-working within the Children’s Workforce


Level 2

Modules may include:

Working with Children and Young People Foundation Degree | York St John

  • Independent Practitioner Research
  • Understanding Care in a Multi-Agency Context
  • Understanding Life-chances
  • Changing Contexts, Roles & Responsibilities
  • Social Policy & the Wider Children’s Workforce
  • Understanding Risk


Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


You will usually need:

Working with Children and Young People Foundation Degree | York St John

  • A GCSE at grade C or above in English Language (or equivalent)
  • Two A2 Levels (or equivalent)
  • Satisfactory DBS check


You should have access to a workplace where you engage in work with children and/or young people. This might be through an existing paid employment role or through gaining access to a relevant long-term voluntary placement. You should have a minimum of six months experience working with children or young people. Students come to us with a range of qualifications, so please contact us for personal advice.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

£3,500 per annum

Overseas 2016 / 17

This course is not available for International (non EU) Students.

How to Apply

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. 

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Ask a question

Do you have a question about this course? Fill out our form to send a question to our Admissions team. Alternatively, you can call us on 01904 876922.