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FdA Children, Schools & Families

For 2020 start

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 5 Children, Schools & Families

This programme has been designed to meet the needs of a broad range of students intending to work or working with children, schools or families.

The programme focuses on the effectiveness and importance of preparation for working as part of a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary team. At the same time it provides a range of opportunities for specialisation related to distinct roles within this workforce.

This foundation degree is essentially the first two years of an honours degree; the third year can be completed as a top-up via a variety of progression routes.

Work-based learning, in its various forms, is one of the major defining characteristics of a foundation degree and you will have the opportunity to reflect upon these learning opportunities in every aspect of this programme.

Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

  • BA (Hons) Children, Schools & Families final year at St Austell
  • BA (Hons) Education & Curriculum Studies final year at St Austell
  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies final year at University of Plymouth
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies final year at University of Plymouth

Possible Careers 

– Teacher (Primary)
– Early Years Practitioner or Manager
– Further Education Lecturer
– Early Intervention Worker
– Family Support Worker
– Speech and Language Therapist
– Special Educational Needs Teacher

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: L592
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply. Applicants will also need to have appropriate work practice with children, young people and their families.

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Course Documents

FdA Children, Schools and Families Handbook (2019-20)
FdA Children, Schools and Families Module Appendix Handbook (2019-20)


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Reflective Practice
  • Developmental Perspectives
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Personal and Employability Skills Development
  • Forest School

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Supporting Transitions
  • Applied Research
  • Multi Agency Collaboration
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Children, Schools and Families – Work Based Learning
  • Optional Module chosen in collaboration with the group

*Modules are subject to change and availability


FdA Children, Schools & Families

Start Date





2 years full-time

Extra Information

1 day on campus per week.

FdA Children, Schools & Families

Start Date





3 years part-time

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

If you come into the International category (non EU*) and Channel Island (inc. Isle of Man) the tuition fee may vary – click here for full fee information