Health and Care of Children and Young People (FdSc)

  • FdSc Health and Care of Children and Young People
  • FdSc Health and Care of Children and Young People

92% of UWTSD’s Social Work students agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to – NSS 2018.

Working in the Health and Care of Children and Young People is changing in Wales. Health and Social Care services are merging. There has never been a better time to become skilled in the sector.

Do you want to find a career or progress within the Health and Care of Children and / or Young People?

Do you want to achieve a qualification that will provide opportunities and open doors for you to work within a range of roles within the sector?  Then this is the course for you.

The Foundation Degree Health and Care of Children and Young People is a two year programme. It is taught in the evenings as a full or part time qualification to give you the opportunity to work within the children and / or young person sector.  The course itself offers a wide range of skills and knowledge for those wishing to work with children and / or young people in a wide range of roles. It is not only an excellent starting point for those unsure of their employment goals within the sector, but can open doors in employment which last throughout your career.

You will need an employment or volunteer placement to study on this programme. We can help you source one if necessary. We also offer a high level of support to help you develop the professional, practical and academic skills needed to succeed.

We offer flexible programmes which work around you and your life as much as possible. All our courses are offered as FULL or PART time programmes.  We offer flexibility within all our part-time routes across all our programmes within the Health Portfolio.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 4T0H
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
2 years
Start Date: September

Scholarships and Bursaries

School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education
Contact Name:
Amanda Owens
Contact Email:
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The BSc Health and Care of Children and Young People is offered as a BSc (3 years) and FdSc (2 years). The programme provides the knowledge and skills needed to work in a range of roles with children and young people and builds upon your working environment and experiences to enable you to upskill and progress in the sector.  The course is purposefully broad to enable you to work with children and / or young people in a range of settings, including:

  • Education
  • Early years / nursery
  • Social work / social care
  • Youth and community
  • Judicial system
  • Working with health needs and special needs
  • Learning and development

We can offer you the opportunity to visit the campus and meet the teaching team. We will answer any questions and if required a one to one informal chat can be arranged. Please email the named contact at the top of the screen if you would like to know more.

First Year

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Personal and Academic Development
  • Supporting Abilities and Behaviours
  • Understanding Children and Young People’s Development
  • Workplace Practice: Employability Skills Level 4
  • Managing Organisations

Second Year

  • Children and Young People’s Health, Wellbeing and resilience
  • Introduction to Research
  • Learning for Children and Young People
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Children, Young People and Families
  • Workplace Practice: Inter and Multi Agency Working

Modules FdSc

Why Choose this Course?

This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods.

The opportunity to take on public or voluntary sector work experience is a key theme throughout all our programmes. We will work with you to find the placement which suits your future goals.

We are proud of our strong student support and study skills development programme. We will also equip you with wider skills such as interview skills, mentoring and life coaching skills within the first year.

The Health Portfolio boasts a high rate of employability within 6 months for graduating students. A number of graduates also progress to postgraduate studies.

Health Portfolio Programme Team:

Health Portfolio Directors:Amanda Owens and Tania Davies

  • Year 1 Managers: Karen Hudson and Felicity Page
  • Year 2 Manager: Karen Burton
  • Year 3 Manager: Beth Cummings

Course Tutors

Assessments include; essays, exams, reports, presentations, reflective blogs and professional portfolios.

You will be asked to utilise information technology communication and organisational skills for your assignments.

Assessment FdSc

Applicants will require AT LEAST ONE of the following:

  • 32 UCAS points or equivalent.
  • Or at least three years’ experience in related setting (this could include entrance interview and written test depending on your employment experience)
  • Or Access Diploma at 45 PASS credits
  • Or independent applicant (i.e. over 21 years old) with relevant life experience*
  • DBS update system a requirement for ALL UWTSD applicants

*You may be given pathway options in this instance

Entry Criteria

We have a very strong employment support and work experience system within the Health Portfolio. We work with three health boards as well as a variety of public and private organisations, companies and charities in the Health Sector within West Wales to build opportunities for all our students. 

Career Opportunities

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs. Students may wish to purchase textbooks for modules, such as Research Project, but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade.

We also offer short courses for businesses and a Pathway course for applicants with no formal qualifications wishing to enter the sector or higher education*

*subject to validation