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Collaborative Working with Children, Young People & Families FdA

What makes Collaborative Working with Children, Young People & Families at Worcester special?

Many of us wish to make a positive contribution to the lives and welfare of children, young people and families. However, it is not always easy to decide what particular profession or contribution builds upon our strengths and enflames our interests.

This course prepares you to engage effectively and sensitively with children and families at all levels of early intervention. It is designed to offer you a breadth of experience in collaborating with children, young people and families, through academic activity and on-placement practice opportunities.

Key features

  • Gain a breadth of experience in collaborating with children, young people and families
  • A Flexible and Distributed Learning style which means that your academic study blends both distance learning and 10 taught face-to-face sessions each year (held on Saturdays)
  • Unique to the University of Worcester, this course is designed in partnership with national employers within children’s services

What is flexible-and-distributed learning?

The flexible-and-distributed learning (FDL) route integrates:

  • Regular engagement with online learning activities accessed via a virtual learning environment (ten per module each academic year)
  • Live webinars with course tutors
  • Face-to-face workshops on Saturdays (eight each academic year)
  • Attendance at a Centre for Children and Families Annual Conference
  • Work and practice-based learning activity (six practice-based learning tasks each academic year)
  • 600 hours (minimum) of practice experience in approved workplaces or placements over the duration of the course  

The FDL nature of this course means that you will use email, telephone and webinars to make most contact with your tutors, in addition to the independent and collaborative online activities posted to the virtual learning environment each fortnight. You will see your tutors and fellow students face-to-face at the course’s Saturday workshops.

You will also benefit from the support of your university Personal Academic Tutor and work-based learning co-ordinator in addition to university-wide support of Student Services and Library Services among others.

Each member of your teaching team is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. The team includes former leaders of early intervention services, including local family welfare services and education welfare services.


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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

56 UCAS tariff points

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above (including English), or recognised equivalent

A current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Course leaders will consider non-standard entry routes also

All applicants who are working or undertaking voluntary work placements with children, young people and families will be required to provide:

  • a statement of support from your current employer or voluntary placement to provide the time, opportunity and provision of support for work-based requirements and release to attend university-based study, when appropriate
  • and a testimony or reference from an appropriately qualified referee
Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Indicative Course Content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

This course hosts an annual conference at which students and practitioners discuss and debate how to integrate research with practice.

Course modules at Levels 4 and 5 include:

  • Transmission, Transaction & Transformation
  • Childhood to Adulthood: Nature, Nurture & Culture
  • Family in the 21st Century: Diversity & Child-centred Support
  • Interventions & the Adaptive Professional: Crisis & Child-centredness
  • Children’s Welfare & Current Political Landscapes
  • Safeguarding Children’s Rights in Family Contexts
  • Employability in Landscapes of Current Child Welfare Practice
  • Long Study
  • Practice-based Learning Portfolio

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of:

  • Online learning activities (ten per module per academic year) accessed through Blackboard (virtual learning environment)
  • Regular live webinars with module tutors
  • Face-to-face workshops on the university campus (eight Saturday sessions per academic year)
  • Practice-based learning activity (amounting to a minimum of 600 hours in approved work or placement over the duration of the whole course).

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to undertake independent, in-depth academic research of an area of family support practice of particular interest to you. You will produce a long study in your final year, engage in innovative placements emerging in the new landscape of collaborative work with children, young people and families and, especially, balance full- or part-time study with work and life. 

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 6 – 12 contact hours of teaching.  The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year, you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. 

Typically, class contact time will be structured around:

  • Online learning activities launched each fortnight
  • Online webinar tutorials to support each online learning activity
  • Face-to-face workshops that usually fall about six weeks apart

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 12 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve using the online learning activity to integrate practice-based learning with the course’s learning outcomes. The course provides you with the support to develop reflective and reflexive dispositions towards learning in work.

A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning. 

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes former leaders of early intervention services, including local family welfare services and education welfare services. 

Teaching is based on research and consultancy; 100% of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles [link].


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  

Assessment methods include individual and group presentations, reflective logs and essays, a long study and the construction of a professional webfolio.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

Four assignments in January and four in May. The January assessment marks are weighted 30% of your overall mark for each module. The May assessment marks are weighted 70% of your overall mark for each module to enable you to respond positively to feedback offered by tutors in the earlier assignments. The January and May assessments balance face-to-face presentations and electronically submitted written work.

Year 2

As per Year 1, except the long study does not have a January assessment point. Instead, it is submitted in May. Year 2 assessment methods also include presentations, webfolio construction and a reflective essay.


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

You will also receive ongoing feedback through Blackboard, the virtual learning environment, where you will upload your formative writing and reflections. This feedback is always oriented towards building on your strengths to prepare you to submit your very best work for final assessment.    



Where could it take you?

Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and professionalism to work on behalf of the wellbeing of children, young people and their families across children’s services and to adapt their learning to specific demands of the employment and policy landscape.

Graduates can also choose to progress to Early Years Initial Teacher Training and/or the Integrated Working with Children and Families Top Up degree.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

This foundation degree comprises eight 30-credit modules, which cost £2,313 each for students registering in the academic year 2018/19.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses. In addition, you will need to cover the cost of travelling to and from approved workplaces and placements in order to meet the requirement that you spend no fewer than 600 hours in practice over the duration of the course.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course leader

Stuart Gallagher
01905 855052