Foundation Degree

About the Course

We believe that having a well trained workforce is essential to supporting good practice and developing good outcomes for children and young people which is why we are proud to offer our award-winning Level 5 Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People.

Developed by the Mulberry Bush and the University of the West of England this course is ideal for child-care professionals working in education, care and health sevices, in particular those who work alongside children and young people who exhibit behavioral, social and/or emotional difficulties.

The course develops the capacity of students to support the emotional growth of children and young people through meaningful relationships. Students are 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.

Specifically, the course seeks to develop the following skills and capacities:

  • An understanding of psychodynamic and systemic theory in relation to children and young people
  • An ability to relate the course to their direct experiences in the workplace
  • The significance of attachment disorders and interruptions to child development
  • An ability to reflect on themselves, their roles in groups and to use lived experiences as a therapeutic tool for learning
  • The ability to communicate therapeutically with children and young people

“The course has provided me with a link between the theory and the practice, and vastly broadened my understanding and appreciation of the statutory frameworks that underpin the work.” Former Student

Awards and Accreditation

100% student satisfactionIn the 2019 National Student Survey for England the course received a 100% student satisfaction rating and was awarded the National Training Award in 2012.

The course is accredited by APPCIOS

This programme is an excellent example of dedication to student learning. it is a pleasure to see the sensitive, skilled and encouraging approaches used to enable student learning, and to see the positive effects of this as students progress and develop through the accumulation of their work within modules” Dr Viv Dacre

How to Apply

Applications for 2021/22 will open in March 2021.

Register your interest in the 2021/22 course and be notified when applications open here.

The UWE Application Form for Undergraduate Study can be downloaded here and once completed should be returned to:

Kathy Smith,                                                                                                                                  Course Administrator
The Mulberry Bush
Learning & Research Centre,
93 High Street,
OX29 7RH

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.

Further Information

The course information booklet has lots of information including some great FAQs – you can download a copy here.

If you have any questions at all about the course, or would like any additional information please get in touch with Kathy Smith by emailing or by calling 01865 594700

Mulberry Bush Outreach


The Mulberry Bush Learning & Research Centre
93 High Street
OX29 7RH

Tel. 01865 594700
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