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Health, Social & Child Care

Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies

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This programme will suit students wishing to develop a broad range of knowledge and skills relevant to working with children. This includes nurses, health visitors, early years educators, nursery workers in the public and independent sectors, social workers and people working in the youth justice and law enforcement sectors.

Modules in year 1 of the programme are: Values and Diversity, Research, Communication and Partnership, Child Development, Play and Recreation & Employment Practice. Modules in year 2 of the programme are: Curriculum Matters, Safeguarding Children and Young People, Health Trends & Developing Professional Practice (Management of Change).

In order to fulfil the course requirements learners are expected to gain voluntary or paid employment in a setting with children or young people working a minimum of 600 hours over 2 years.

Entry Requirements

Entry criteria detail a typical offer but the College considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. If you have any queries regarding your offer please contact our Admissions Team.

Typical offer:  2 A Levels at D grade or MP/PPP profile from a BTEC Level 3 qualifcation and three GCSEs at Grade C or above, to include English and Maths (or equivalent qualifications).

Career Prospects

The recognised progression route for this course is the BSc (Hons) Childhood Studies - top up degree.

Graduates have employment prospects in a wide range of childcare disciplines, for example: play worker, child/family worker, support workers, childcare managers, learning support workers and teaching assistants. 

Study Mode



Afan / Brecon Beacons* / Newtown*

Course Length

2 years full-time

Course Time



University of South Wales


You will have to complete presentations and written assignments as you progress through the programme. One module requires a practical assessment.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is ‘a method of assessment that considers whether an individual can demonstrate that they can meet the assessment requirements for a unit through knowledge, understanding or skills that they already possess and do not need to develop through a course of learning’. If individuals can produce relevant evidence, that fully meets learning outcome requirements then RPL can be given for their existing knowledge, understanding or skills.

Additional Notes

The tuition fee for 2015 entry was £6750. Please visit our fees page for fee information for 2016 entry. *Subject to numbers and validation UCAS Code: L520

Contact Details

Rebecca James 01639 648361
Tania Davies 01686 614409
Claire Bumford 01686 614278