Lifelong Learning Centre

Child and Family Studies FD

(Part time) 2020 start

Key facts

Start date:
September 2020

3 years part time

Typical A-Level offer: 3 A-level passes or equivalent e.g. CACHE level 3
Full entry requirements

UK/EU fees: To be confirmed
Financial Support Available

Work Placement: No

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. Building on your previous experience, the course focuses on the interaction between professional practice, work-based research and current policy within the sector. This includes study of child development, child and family welfare, safeguarding, multi-agency working, social policy development and management. You'll also explore ethical, professional, cultural and global perspectives on your work with children, young people and families. 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 continued engagement with your workplace are key elements of the course.

Part-time study allows 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.

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.

On successful completion of your Foundation degree you can progress to a top-up degree to complete your BA Child and Family Studies with a further two years part-time study.

Additional support

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.

Course content

In year 1, core modules 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 together, a work-based professional practice project, mental health, child welfare and life chances. You can also choose optional modules from a range of areas including family support, violently and sexually offending young people, learning and development and counselling.

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

The list shown below represents 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
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
LLLC2219Coaching and Mentoring in the Workplace20
LLLC2222Violent and Sexually Offending Young People20
LLLC2285Working with Change, Conflict and Crisis with Children and Families20
Adolescent and Middle-Years Development20
Children Look After and the Care System20
Year three


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC2060Child Welfare - Research, Policy and Practice20
LLLC2284Changing Children's Life Chances20


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC2075Independent Study Project 220
LLLC2222Violent and Sexually Offending Young People20
LLLC2267Mental Health, Families and Young People20
LLLC2285Working with Change, Conflict and Crisis with Children and Families20
Adolescent and Middle-Years Development20
Children Looked After and the Care System20

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Child and Family Studies FD in the course 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.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


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 e.g. CACHE level 3

GCSE: English and Maths grade C/4 or equivalent

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.

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

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

Alternative Entry

If you don’t have the required A-levels or GCSE qualifications, you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme. As part of this you may be asked to take tests in English and maths and to write an essay.

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. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.

How to apply

Apply to this course through the Lifelong Learning Centre.

Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions team, and if you’re successful you’ll be invited to an interview which will involve a piece of writing. If you’re entering through the Alternative Entry Scheme you’ll be sent details after your interview.

Once you’re made an offer you’ll be asked to engage with KickStart. This is a pre-entry programme designed to ease your move into studying at the University of Leeds. You’re welcome to contact us for further information.

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 Admissions Policy 2020


UK/EU: To be confirmed
International: To be confirmed

Tuition fees for 2020 entry 
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2020, the fee for 2020/21 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK and non-UK EU undergraduate students are decided by Government and may vary if policy changes.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2020/21 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

Visit our Brexit page for the latest information on the effect of the UK's planned exit from the EU on current students and applicants to the University.

You will study at 67% intensity (80 credits) each year of your course. Fees for 2019/20 are £6,167 (67% of £9,250). The fee you are charged in future years will be calculated as a proportion of the full-time fee agreed for that year.

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.

Part-time fees
Fees for part-time courses 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.

Depending on your circumstances, non-repayable financial support is available 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 you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.

The Child and Family Studies Foundation degree can help you develop in your current role or access a diverse range of careers, including primary school teaching, social work, youth work and broader family services through postgraduate progression routes in teaching or social work.

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.

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.

Course Terms and Conditions