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10:30am - 8:30pm
2 Years
Milnthorpe Road Campus

Education & Childcare

Childcare and education is one of the most exciting and rewarding sectors and one that needs top quality staff at all levels and offers plenty of career choice, working with children of all ages and within various settings.

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Course Overview

The Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services offers an exciting pathway for developing a career with children and young people, including primary teaching and social work. The programme focuses on working with children from 0-18 years, in both education and social care settings. The programme was designed in response to changes in government policy which implied an integrated approach to delivering services to children and young people. It is awarded by the University of Central Lancashire, UCLan.

The full-time route takes two years to complete, studying 6 modules during each year and involves attending lectures over one full day and two days per week in a relevant setting. The course is based at the Main Site on Milnthorpe Road, Kendal.

There is an option to complete modules rather than the full qualification.

The Programme involves the study of 8 core modules, and the acquisition of skills at levels 4 and 5. These include:

Children, Young People and their World
You will explore the factors that influence the world in which children and young people live and the way in which adults can extend and support provision and activities.

Difference, Diversity and Inclusion
You will focus on the various perspectives and legislation on difference, diversity and inclusion. Aspects of children's and young people's lives will be explored in relation to inclusive practice.

Self and Study
You will learn about the study techniques and the importance of engaging in reflective practice, providing the skills you will need to flourish on a degree level course.

Aspects of Learning and Development
You will study developmental psychology and learning theory in order to understand the influences on children's learning and development.

Policy and Practice
You will focus on policies and practices relating to education and social care from within the UK and those from an international perspective.

Promoting Welfare of Children and Young People
You will study how safeguarding of children and young people can be best implemented, through looking at Serious Case Reviews and what they teach us about improving modern-day practice.

Frameworks, Transitions and the Child
You will develop an understanding of the frameworks and legislation that underpin the education and social care sector. Through a case study relating to your own professional practice, you will consider the effectiveness of provision in meeting the needs of a child.

Managing the Professional Role
You will explore the roles and responsibilities in the workplace, linking to your own role. The module concludes with a research study of your choice on an aspect of education or social care.

The course is delivered through traditional lectures, seminars, workshops, peer support, reflective practice and independent study.

Assessment is via essays, projects, oral presentations, case studies and reports; there are no examinations for this programme of study.

The UK Quality Code for Higher Education sets out the expectations that all providers of UK higher education are required to meet. Subject benchmark statements are part of the Quality Code and the links to these are below:

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Entry Requirements

Students who have a relevant vocational qualification, and or A Levels (min 64 UCAS points) will be considered for access to the programme. In addition they will be asked to attend for an interview with a member of the course team. Before an offer of a place on the course is made, where deemed necessary an academic assessment will be required. Students with an relevant HE qualification may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

As part of the entry criteria for this course you will need to have a check completed by the Disclosure and Barring service and this will need to be approved by your placement provider. This does not mean that if you have any previous convictions or warnings that you will not be able to join this programme, but an assessment will be completed as to your suitability to progress on to the programme. Please discuss with us in confidence if you have concerns about the content of your check.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant work or life experience are encouraged to apply.

If you would like to discuss the above, please contact Karen Shaw, HE Coordinator at

Student Finance:
Generally, you will only get student finance if you're doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on certain criteria, please see and our college 'Student Money' pages:

Additional Costs:
For students undertaking a dissertation as part of their course 2 UCLAN dissertation cover sheets will need to be purchased at 1.90 per sheet. Printing is 1p per sheet for black and white copying and 4p per sheet for colour.

After Your Course

Students may use this qualification to enhance their employment opportunities in the education and care sectors, such as a lead professional, or undertake a third year to achieve a BA (Hons) Degree in a range of subjects including Children, School and Families, here at Kendal College or Education and Professional studies at Preston. On completion of a BA (Hons) degree, students may choose to progress to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status or go onto a MA in Social Work.

This qualification is offered in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and is of benefit to those working in a range of settings. The Foundation Degree will enable practitioners, children's services employees, teaching assistants, play workers, and interested students to have access to a higher level qualification that is directly relevant to day-to-day employment and experience.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year.

There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Student Finance (Degree-Level Courses)

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course. Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. For further information please see

It is also possible to pay in full or via instalments.

It is also possible to pay in full or via instalments. The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Please speak to Student Services for more information.

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