Foundation Degree (FdA) in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People

Run by The Mulberry Bush and validated by the University of the West of England, this award-winning, work-based Level 3 course, with an option to continue to a Level 5 Foundation Degree, has been specially designed for practitioners in the childcare sector. It is suitable for those working in education, both mainstream and special, residential care, or health settings working with children or young people who have experienced trauma or mental health difficulties. It is also suitable for foster carers.

The course develops the capacity of students to support the emotional growth of children and young people through meaningful relationships. Students will be encouraged to learn about themselves and engage creatively in group situations. A key concept of the course is recognising the influence of unconscious processes and understanding behaviour as a form of communication.

Learning is theoretical and experiential and students will be encouraged to bring case material from their own work settings. The Foundation degree is a Level 5 qualification. The course is regarded as equivalent to the mandatory Level 3 Diploma and the content has been mapped against these requirements, and the Therapeutic Service Standards set out by the Community of Communities. A progression year to BA (Hons) level is available through the University of the West of England.

Princess Royal Training Award 2021

We’re really delighted to be one of the 48 recipients to achieve the Princess Royal Training Awards for our Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People.

This award is for our commitment to training and development in 2021. You can find out more about the awards here.

Entry Requirements
The course is open to all who have an interest in the subject, regardless of previous academic study, but students may be asked to write a short piece of work to prove they can write coherently at the required level.

The course is based on a work-based learning model and students are required to
have experience of working alongside children/young people throughout the course.

How to Apply
Applications for 2021/22 have now closed. We will open applications for the 2022/23 course in January 2022. To receive an update via email once applications are open please enter your details here.

If you have any questions about the course, or would like any further information, please email Kathy Smith at [email protected]