Lifelong Learning Centre

Child and Family Studies FD

(Part time) 2017 start

Key facts

3 years part time

Typical A-Level offer: 3 A-level passes or equivalent

Full entry requirements

UK/EU fees: See fees section below
International fees: Not applicable  

This course is available to UK/EU residents only

Contact us

LLC Child and Family Studies Admissions Team

0113 343 3212


This Foundation Degree is designed for people working or volunteering with children, young people and families, who are keen to develop a deeper understanding of their work and focuses on the interaction between professional practice, work-based research and current policy within the sector.

Flexible teaching times allow you to fit study alongside work and family commitments. You’ll be taught by friendly, supportive staff, experienced in working with adult learners and with substantial professional experience in the sector. Our student support service offers advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events throughout your studies.

On successful completion you can progress to either the Child and Family Studies BA or Early Childhood Studies BA top-up degree, depending on the area you want to specialise in.

Our Child and Family Studies Foundation Degree can help you develop in your present employment or access a diverse range of careers, including primary school teaching, social work, youth work and other family services through postgraduate progression routes.

Is this course for me?

You’ll consider theoretical perspectives and approaches along with the key professional and policy developments within the sector. The emphasis on reflective practice will help foster a deeper understanding of your own professional development and the impact on your practice of the professional standards framework. Work experience and continuing engagement with your workplace are key elements of the course.

We know that many mature and part-time students face unique challenges, including balancing academic study with family and employment commitments. For that reason, the Lifelong Learning Centre provides specialist guidance, advice and support to mature and part-time students, from pre-application right through to graduation and beyond.

Depending on your interests, you can choose to progress to either the broad-based Child and Family Studies BA or the more specialist Early Childhood Studies BA

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

Flexible study times enable you to choose to attend classes either one afternoon or one evening a week, depending on which fits best with your other commitments.

Course content

Throughout the Foundation Degree you will develop an understanding of theoretical perspectives and professional practice in relation to core aspects of your role. This includes study of child development, child and family welfare, safeguarding, multi-agency working, social policy development and management. You will also explore ethical, professional, cultural and global perspectives on your work with children, young people and families.

In year 1 core modules will introduce you to skills, theoretical perspectives and practice, child development and policy development in the sector. In years 2 and 3 your core modules will focus on safeguarding, working tougher, a work-based professional practice project, mental health, child welfare and child and family healthcare. You can also choose optional modules from a range of areas including family support, violently and sexually offending young people, learning and development, counselling and SEND.

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, you can progress onto either the Child and Family Studies BA or Early Childhood Studies top-up degree, which will involve a further two years part-time study.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year one


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC1369An Introduction to Childhood and Child Development20
LLLC1370Children, Young People and Families, Policy Development20
LLLC1421Skills, Theoretical Perspectives and Practice in Children and Young People's Welfare35
ODLM1000Studying in a digital age5
Year two


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC1080Safeguarding Children - Family Support and Child Abuse20
LLLC1411Working With Others in Children's Services20
LLLC2251Work based Professional Practice Project20


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC2061Supporting Families? Analysing the Theory and Practice of Family Support20
LLLC2075Independent Study Project 220
LLLC2211Management of Self and Others in Family Support Settings20
LLLC2219Coaching and Mentoring in the Workplace20
LLLC2222Violent and Sexually Offending Young People20
LLLC2228Using Stories to Develop Learning20
LLLC2267Mental Health, Families and Young People20
LLLC2268Introduction to Dyslexia20
Year three


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC2060Child Welfare - Research, Policy and Practice20
LLLC2209Child and Family Health Care20


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC2075Independent Study Project 220
LLLC2211Management of Self and Others in Family Support Settings20
LLLC2219Coaching and Mentoring in the Workplace20
LLLC2222Violent and Sexually Offending Young People20
LLLC2223The Application of Counselling Skills in Learning Settings20
LLLC2228Using Stories to Develop Learning20
LLLC2231Special Educational Needs and Inclusion20
LLLC2267Mental Health, Families and Young People20
LLLC2268Introduction to Dyslexia20

For more information on typical modules, read Child and Family Studies FD in programme catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped to become an independent inquirer. Group sizes are small enough for you to engage actively and be well supported.


Assessments are varied and include essays, projects, case studies, individual and group presentations and posters. This wide range gives you the opportunity to work to your strengths and to gain skills in different forms of expression.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: 3 A-level passes or equivalent

GCSE: English and Maths grade C or equivalent

Applicants must also be engaged in relevant work (paid or voluntary) with a minimum 4 hours contact each week.

Alternative qualifications

Select an option from the list above to view alternative qualifications.

Access to HE Diploma

60 credits overall including at least 45 credits at level 3 of which 25 must be at Merit or above.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative Entry

Alternative Entry Scheme

If you don’t have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to a degree course, our Alternative Entry Scheme takes account of your work and life experience. It usually involves an interview and one or more pieces of work, set and marked by the relevant admissions tutor. If you don’t have the required GCSEs, you will also be asked to take tests in English and maths. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.

If you are a mature student or want to study part-time the Lifelong Learning Centre offers a free, confidential and impartial pre-entry guidance service. Our experienced staff can also talk to you about how you might meet the entry criteria and what support may be available to you.

How to apply

Apply to this course through the Lifelong Learning Centre.

We will treat all applications individually. We’ll take into account an applicant’s life experience and the circumstances in which they have gained prior qualifications and we encourage you to cover these things in your personal statement. We will interview shortlisted candidates.

Admissions policy

Lifelong Learning Centre Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: Not applicable  

For UK and non-UK EU students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250, subject to parliamentary approval of changes to higher education funding. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the 2017 fee in late 2016. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course, as permitted by law. 

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification already held. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

For example, in 2016/17 depending on your circumstances up to £1,670 non-repayable financial support was available per year of from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.

Career opportunities

A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.

A University of Leeds degree will make you very attractive to employers and enhance your career prospects. The Child and Family Studies course provides you with skills that can help you develop in your present employment or access a diverse range of careers, including primary school teaching, social work, youth work and broader family services through postgraduate progression routes. Successful students tend to stay within their organisations but are more likely to progress to managerial positions. Former students have also taken roles in quality assurance, child-minding support and at OFSTED. Others have progressed to postgraduate qualifications that have led to careers in teaching or social work.

Careers support

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre provide a range of activities to support LLC students looking to:
  • explore their career options
  • develop or enhance their employability skills
  • gain work or voluntary experience
  • prepare for promotion, review or a role change at work
  • find and apply for jobs
Read more at Careers support for LLC students and on the University’s Careers website.