Browser does not support script.

Undergraduate course

Education, Children and Counselling Foundation Year

Take the first step in a career that makes a difference. Change lives through teaching, supporting young people and families, or counselling.

Children playing

Consider how issues of equality, diversity and wellbeing impact on the lives of children and young people. Learn about the influence of policy and politics on professional practice. Explore how life for people in York has changed over time, learning about innovations in education and social welfare.

  • Subject to final approval

York campus

  • Duration – 1 year full time then a 3 year full time degree.
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of Education, Language and Psychology

Minimum Entry Requirements

    48 UCAS Tariff points

    1 GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 (or equivalent)

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

Discover why York St John is The One

Course overview

A Foundation Year is an ideal option if you do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree, you have been out of education for a while, or you do not feel ready to start studying at degree level. You will study alongside other students who will go onto different degree courses. We make sure that the content is relevant to all of the available degree routes, but you will also benefit from learning more broadly outside of your chosen specialism. We focus on key concepts that are central to all of these courses, and which will give you valuable background knowledge when you move onto the next level of your study.

You will have the opportunity to build your professional experience by carrying out a 70 hour work placement in a setting suited to your career aspirations. Completing an extended independent project relevant to your course will help you feel more prepared for the increasingly independent study that will be required through your degree.

Studying on a foundation year will help you to refine the academic skills needed for your degree. It is also an opportunity to build your confidence, settle into higher education, and be sure about the direction you will take your study next. You may find that your focus changes and you choose to progress onto a different route. The Foundation Year gives you the flexibility and broad understanding to be confident in your next steps.

Education, Childhood and Counselling degrees available with Foundation Year

This course gives you an alternative route to undergraduate study. Upon successful completion of this course you will progress onto one of our undergraduate degree courses. To progress onto a Primary Education degree you will need to meet further requirements. Further details are listed under entry requirements.

Course structure

How you will study

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. You will study:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will help you prepare for the transition to Higher Education. We will introduce you to the basic principles of academic writing, reading and research which you will use throughout your degree. You will build your confidence as an independent learner, which is essential to university level study.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Explore some of the most significant education and health policies and their impact on those working with children and young people today. You will analyse and evaluate their impact on both children and the practitioners who work with them.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will take a historical approach to the subject, exploring how York’s children, families and education have changed over time. For example, we will consider the influence of Joseph Rowntree: a philanthropist and businessman who had a lasting impact on social reform in the city and beyond.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Becoming a reflective practitioner, able to evaluate and improve your work, is a key part of any further study. This module will support you in developing early professional skills and attributes in a setting aligned to your future development. You will carry out your placement in a setting which aligns with your future development plans.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Understanding the importance of equality, diversity, inclusivity and wellbeing is fundamental to working with children and young people. A commitment to these principles can make a real difference to the life chances of the individuals you will work with. On this module you will explore how these concepts are understood in the context of education, social care and counselling. Through this you will begin to make links between theory and practice.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will work independently (but with supervision and support) on a more in depth project related to the degree course you will progress onto next year. This is a chance to research a topic you are interested in, relating to your chosen course. You will also reflect upon and refine the skills you have developed through your foundation year. This module will help you to transition seamlessly into your next level of study.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

You will experience a range of different learning activities, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Individual tutorials.

For your Placement module, you will carry out 70 hours of work experience, supported by a smaller number of taught sessions. An academic tutor will support you throughout your foundation year.

Outside of taught sessions, you will need to independently engage in further reading. This independent study includes preparation for taught sessions, either individually or in groups, following materials and activities that are provided on Moodle. You will also spend time completing coursework and preparing for your assessments.

You will have access to resources that extend beyond textbooks and journal articles to include voices that are marginalised in the traditional academic literature.

Assessment

Assessment types vary across modules, and may include:

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios
  • Vivas.

There are no exams on this course.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    48 UCAS Tariff points

    1 GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 (or equivalent)

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • 48 UCAS Tariff points
  • 1 GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 or equivalent.

International Students

If you're an international student, you will need to show that your qualifications are equivalent to those above.

Detailed qualification equivalence can be found in our 2020 International Prospectus (PDF18.08MB)

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Mature entry offer scheme

Progression onto degree course

Passing this Foundation Year guarantees your progression onto:

  • Education and Inclusion BA (Hons)
  • Children, Young People and Society BA (Hons)
  • Early Years Education and Care (with Graduate Practitioner Competencies) BA (Hons)
  • Counselling and Mental Health BA (Hons)

If you are applying for:

  • Primary Education 3-7 Years BA (Hons)
  • Primary Education 5-11 Years BA (Hons)

You will need to meet the following criteria by the end of your Foundation Year to progress on to the full degree course:

  • A Pass on the Department for Education Professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy
  • A satisfactory medical report and a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C/4/Level 4 or above (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science
  • Successful interview with the Primary Education team.

If you do not meet these criteria, you will have the option to transfer onto one of the other BA (Hons) courses listed above instead.

Fees and funding

To study for a foundation year, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry onto this foundation year course is:

  • £9,250 for your foundation year
  • then £9,250 per year of your undergraduate degree. 

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for the full duration of your course, including the foundation year and then your undergraduate degree. 

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

For full time study the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this course is:

  • £12,750 for your foundation year
  • £12,750 per year of your undergraduate degree.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

Aspire Card

More to explore

Join us in 2021

Two female students smiling in York

What makes us different

Get in touch

Cookie Settings