Childcare and Teacher Training

Supporting Children and Families in Social Contexts Foundation Degree

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September 2021. The course runs over two years on a Monday and Wednesday Evening from 5.00pm to 8.00pm (during term-time).

Entry requirements

  • A Level 2 Literacy qualification e.g. GCSE English Language Grade C (grade 4); Functional Skills Level 2 (previously Key Skills Communication Level 2); Adult Literacy Level 2.
  • A Level 3 qualification e.g. A level, BTEC National or NVQ Level 3.
  • Employer support and at least one year’s volunteering/working experience. Previous relevant work experience and learning may be accredited and assessed as part of the application process.
  • You will also require a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

You will achieve

Supporting Children and Families in Social Contexts Foundation Degree (FdEd)

Awarding Body

Validated by the Leeds Trinity University

UCAS Course Code


Course overview

This course is ideal for anyone who works supporting children in social, family, voluntary, charitable or youth services. It focuses on the skills and underpinning knowledge required in the children and families’ workforce. The topics are relevant to the implementation of governmental legislation, policies and strategies, including learning and social development, communication skills, team working strategies, interventions and health and welfare issues in the field of children’s services.

It will expand the understandings you have developed through your practice and previous experiences and develop academic skills that enable you to carry out your role more effectively.

Course content

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • Working In a Multi-Agency Environment
  • Inclusivity and Diversity
  • Communication and Language (Families)
  • Working with Families or Working with 21st Century Children
  • Children, Families and Social Policy
  • Assessments and Interventions
  • Research-Informed Practice in Social Contexts
  • Developing Social and Emotional Resilience or Understanding Children’s Behaviour
  • Leading and Managing or Developing Literacy

Assessment is through a mixture of reports, essays, presentations etc

Paper, pens, files and books

Church Street Campus
Church Street
S70 2AN

Graduates can progress to further study on the Top-up BA (Hons) Professional Practice and may continue to the MA Family Support or MA in Education.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year. 

Extra information

We offer a service to any  student who has a diagnosis of anything persistent or long-term which might interfere with how they study and manage their day-to- day academic engagement. The service is flexible and shaped around the needs of each individual; it might be consistent support or intermittent support.

For further information please refer to our website.


As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. For further details go to:

A Maintenance Loan of up to £6,904 per year will be available to eligible students living with parents or up to £8,200 per year to those living away from home. EU Students cannot apply.

Students with children or dependant adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: Eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

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For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Supporting Children and Families in Social Contexts Foundation Degree

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