Children Families and Community Health (incorporating the UCPD in Children, Families and Community Health) Foundation Degree (FdA)

About the course

Children, Families and Community Health foundation degree has been developed in collaboration with Leicester College|, and in consultation with local Sure Start Centres, this highly multidisciplinary course is directly relevant and applicable to practice.

With a strong social science influence, the course allows a wide range of people to access higher education. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own experiences to develop your knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues with regards to children, families and community health.

Reasons why you should choose to study Childrens Families and Community Health Foundation Degree at DMU

  • Practical work placements heighten your learning and employability upon graduation
  • Progress on to a top-up degree upon successful completion of the course
  • Flexible teaching, for two to three hours a day, makes this course ideal for people with family commitments and practitioners continuing their professional development
  • Choose to exit the course early and achieve a University Certificate in Professional Development, or continue and complete a Foundation Degree
  • The course allows a wide range of people with varying educational backgrounds to access higher education; with the flexibility to study at a local college, whilst also being a DMU student

Key facts

UCAS course code: LL35

Duration: Normally two years full-time, three years part-time (part-time students should apply directly to Leicester College

Institution code: D26

Location: Leicester College

Entry and admission criteria

UCAS Points

Minimum of 180 points


  • At least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English Plus one of the following:


  • From a minimum of 1 a level. NB - NVQs can be considered in conjunction with other qualifications and as part of an applicant's overall profile


  • BTEC National Diploma - BTEC with Merit/Merit/Pass
  • BTEC National Certificate - BTEC Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC National Award - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (3 A2s) - BTEC with Merit/Merit/Pass
  • BTEC Diploma (2 A2s) Science - BTEC Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (1 A2) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC certificate (1 A1) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications

Access course
Pass. English and Maths GCSE equivalency required, 12 level 2 credits in each subject

Interview: Yes

Work Experience: Paid or voluntary involvement in a course related employment setting beyond school-based experience (should be a minimum of 6 months). Recent written reference from employer on headed paper.

International Baccalaureate:26+

This course welcomes mature students and values their experience. In some cases an alternative experiential and academic profile may be accepted for entry.

You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure application form before starting the course, which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admissions policy. Contact us for up-to-date information. You will also need a declaration form clearance prior to the start of the course.

International Students:
If English is not your first language, we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. International students are required to provide a criminal records certificate clearance from home country prior to the start of the course.

Personal Statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught at Leicester College and enjoy a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Group Work
  • Problem Solving
  • Guided Reading
  • E-Learning

Assessment methods are covered through:

  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Projects
  • Reflective logs

Each module is taught for two to three hours a day over 11 weeks in the school term.

You are expected to engage in additional self-directed study throughout the course.

Course modules

First year

  • Human Body
  • Social Context of Family Life
  • Strategies for Parenting
  • Community Health and Wellbeing
  • Differences and Diversity in Britain
  • Research, Study Skills and Personal Development
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Child Development 0–11

Second year

  • Work Based Practice
  • Working with Families
  • Language and Communication Development
  • Sociology of Health
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Development of Public and Community Services in Britain
  • Early Years, Health and Community Research Studies
  • Lifespan Psychology

Academic expertise

Students of Children, Families and Community Health benefit from being taught   by lecturers from Leicester College, who use their expertise to draw upon your personal experiences at work and in the home and relate them to relevant theories and concepts. 

Industry links and professional accreditation

This highly multidisciplinary course has been developed in collaboration with local colleges, and in consultation with local Sure Start Centres, to ensure it is directly relevant and applicable to practice

Work experience and placements

Work-based placements are a major component of the course, where you are required to work in a suitable setting for a total of 150 hours per year during Level 4 and Level 5; developing your practical and professional skills.

If you are already in employment you are not likely to require a special placement.

Graduate careers

This course will interest those pursuing a career in a caring profession, particularly, but not exclusively, those working with children who wish to extend their qualifications.

Successful completion allows progression to the final year of the Health Studies BA| (Hons), or to the Level 6 ‘top-up’ degrees: Public and Community Health BSc (Hons) or, Evaluating Practice: Working with Children BA (Hons).

Fees and funding

Full-time £6000

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You will benefit from the facilities at Leicester College as well as being a student at DMU and having access to the teaching and learning facilities we offer, including DMU’s award winning library that is open 24 hours a day.

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How to apply

Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website|. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website or via the contact details below.

International students can apply to study at DMU using our online applications portal|.

Customer Service Unit
PO Box 28 
GL52 3LZ, UK

T: 0871 468 0 468

Contact details

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Admissions Team
De Montfort University
Edith Murphy Building
Leicester, LE1 9BH

Online enquiry form|

T: +44 (0)116 250 6070


The University Certificate in Professional Development pathway is open to all; you do not need prior qualifications.

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