Children, Schools and Families (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Children, Schools and Families (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Social Work, Care and Community




Under- graduate


Preston and Burnley

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

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  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    1J48; Short form: BA/CSFfe

  • Campus:

    Preston and Burnley (Campus code: Preston: U, Burnley: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. If you’d like to work with children, young people and the services that support them, this course draws on subject areas including education, sociology, psychology, social policy and social work to give you a solid grounding for your career. Taught by academics across two Schools, you’ll examine the services, systems, policies and work practices that relate to children and young people in schools, with families and in care settings. You’ll carry out observational visits and work shadowing activities alongside the academic side of your degree, integrating theory, policy and practice so that you are well prepared for a rewarding career.

UCLan’s Social Work provision was ranked 5th in the UK in the Guardian 2020 University Guide

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Study Skills
  • Information Management
  • Understanding Individuals, Families and Communities
  • Working with Individuals, Families and Communities
  • Asset-based Community Development
  • Student Initiated Module (SIM)
    (Can be taken in place of SWC035 for students who may not be able to undertake that module)

Burnley Foundation Modules

  • Target Award Extended Study
  • Introduction to Chosen Degree Subject
  • Volunteering and Community Action
  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education
  • Developing Academic Knowledge
  • Learning by Experience

Year 2 (level 4)

We offer a range of optional modules that explore topics such as disability, gender, drugs and social pedagogy. The level 4 consists of a broad-based introduction to a number of important topic areas. You will be required to complete the following 6 compulsory modules:

  • Social Construction of Childhood
  • Communication and Social Media Skills in Social Care
  • Introduction to Children’s Services & Systems
  • Development across the Lifespan
  • Learning for Work in Children’s Services
  • Transitions in Children and Young People’s Lives

If you complete all these modules successfully you will be able to progress to the next year of the course or, if you do not wish to continue you will be eligible for the award of a Certificate in Higher Education (Children, Schools & Families).

Year 3 (Level 5)

At level 5 you will be required to complete 5 compulsory modules:

  • Researching with Children and Young People
  • Children’s Services & Systems 2
  • Safeguarding Children & Young People
  • Diversity and Inclusive Practice with Children and Young People
  • Learning for Work in Children’s Services - Consolidation & Continuing Development
  • Students are also required to select one optional module.

If you complete all these modules successfully you will be able to progress to the next year of the course or, if you do not wish to continue you will be eligible for the award of a Diploma in Higher Education (Children, Schools & Families).

Year 4 (Level 6)

At level 6 you will be required to complete 4 prescribed modules:

  • A Dissertation
  • Children’s Services and Systems 3 (Multi professional Working in Children’s Services)
  • International Perspectives on Children’s Lives
  • Learning From Work in Children’s Services
  • Students are also required to select two optional modules.
  • Successful completion of all 18 modules will give you the award BA (Hons) Children Schools and Families.

Part-time students will follow the same programme in terms of required and optional modules, but do so over an extended period of time, typically between 4 and 6 years.

Please note that modules are reviewed annually and may therefore vary, in content or availability, from those listed.

Further Information

This degree provides you with the underpinning theoretical knowledge and practical learning opportunities which will build a firm basis for developing a career working with children and young people and the services that support them. Students who hold a UCLan Foundation Degree in ‘Children, Young People and their Services’ can gain direct access to the final year of this degree. Other relevant Foundation Degrees may also be considered. 

The Children Schools and Families team span a range of disciplines including education, social work, sociology, psychology and social policy. Our academic expertise is informed by research and practice.

The Children Schools and Families degree has very high levels of student satisfaction.

What our students say ...

"Before I came on the course, I wasn’t really aware of the services available to children and young people and how the systems work. The course was very informative and opened my eyes to what it’s really like working in children’s services."

"I am excited at the prospect of widening my knowledge and confidence in the hope that I can eventually give something back and help those less fortunate than myself in finding their voice so that they can live the best life that they can.

Why study Social Work, Care and Community?

The course is unique in that it draws on a range of subject areas including education, sociology, psychology, social policy and social work. Through combining regular work placements with academic content, the course also integrates theory, policy and practice.

You will carry out observational visits and work-shadowing activities in a relevant setting. If you are not already employed in working with children or young people will be expected to undertake 12 days of learning in children’s services setting in their final year.

You will also have the opportunity to access the Erasmus programme for an international exchange. A range of perspectives from different countries are covered in the course.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Industry Links

We have excellent links with a range of placement contacts including primary and secondary schools, youth offending teams, children’s residential care homes, children’s advocacy services, domestic violence centers, early years settings, pupil referral units and family support services.

Professional Accreditation

You will be able to further gain real work experience whilst studying through our established Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, accredited from the ILM.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

You will learn through a combination of teaching, group debate and discussion, practical experience and independent research. Lectures, supported by audio-visual and web-based materials are used to provide essential information, guidance for further work and a framework and stimulus for learning and independent study.

Group activities, workshops, discussions and interactions facilitate the development of interpersonal skills and peer support and learning, and are used to stimulate the application and sharing of information, ideas, values and experience and develop problem solving skills. Field observations and student-initiated placements are used to develop ability in applying and integrating theoretical knowledge to practice and enhance overall employability.

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Course trip to the House of Commons

The course utilises a variety of assessment methods including essays, content analysis, portfolio, presentations and workbooks, a research proposal and a final-year dissertation.

CSF StaffStaff Members in Children, Schools and Families

As a team, we’re committed to offering excellent student support. When you arrive, you’ll be allocated a tutor who’ll oversee your progress and support you throughout your degree. We’re a personable and approachable team who want you to get the most out of studying with us.

The tutors were all very supportive and made lots of time for their students outside of lectures. I have been made to feel at home on this course at Uclan and would recommend to anybody who wants to work with children, young people and their families.


Our graduates have secured jobs working in a range of settings across the spectrum of the Children and Young People’s Workforce including children’s centres, schools, national charities, nurseries and family and community support. Our students have also gone on to obtain professional status in Teaching, Social Work and Early Years.

You can progress onto further study such as the MA Social Work and the MA in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People. Off campus, students can progress to external teacher training courses relating to primary and secondary school teaching.

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