Lifelong Learning Centre

Foundation Degree in Child and Family Studies

an LLC Student in a seminar

Develop a deeper understanding of your work with children, young people and families.

Key Information

Course duration:
3 years plus an extra 2 years for the BA top-up

Full or part-time:

Attendance pattern:
One afternoon/evening a week

BA or Foundation Degree

Where to apply:
Apply directly to the LLC

Contact number:
0113 343 3212

Contact email:

Our Child and Family Studies and Early Childhood Studies programmes provide an opportunity for students to experience the bringing together of professional practice with work-based research, contemporary local and national policy and the theoretical principles which underpin child and family welfare.

After the first three years of study you will receive a Foundation Degree in Child and Family Studies and then progress to complete your BA with a further 18 months of study. Depending on your area of expertise you could progress to either the BA Child and Family Studies which provides a broader learning experience or the BA Early Childhood Studies which concentrates on leadership in children’ centres and the welfare of young children. Alternatively, appropriately qualified and experienced students can enter directly onto the final 18 months of their chosen BA.

The programmes are designed for those working or volunteering with children, young people and families who are keen to develop a deeper understanding of their work. Work experience and continuing engagement with your workplace are key elements of the programme.

On your course you will develop:

  • A deeper understanding of child development, safeguarding children, multi-agency working and theoretical perspectives and approaches in the context of working with children, young people and families
  • The ability to demonstrate a high level of competence in all aspects of the delivery of support to families
  • A greater knowledge of the structures and professional roles involved in working with families
  • A deeper understanding of your own professional development and the impact on your practice of the professional standards framework

The Lifelong Learning Centre has as proud record of supporting students returning to education. Our staff are here to help you to develop your study skills and confidence in your own academic abilities. You will have access to a dedicated team of teaching professionals who also have substantial professional experience within the sector. Individual tutor support is offered throughout the course.

Teaching sessions are held once per week – you can choose to study in either the afternoon or the evening, and you will be taught in small groups to ensure that there is ample opportunity to discuss ideas and ask questions. Tutors will make each session interactive and also provide additional online resources and activities through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). What’s more, as a University of Leeds student you will also have access to all the facilities and wide-ranging opportunities you would expect from a Russell Group institution.

If you are interested in studying full-time you may also be interested in the Child and Family Studies specialist pathway available through our BA Professional Studies programme.