Foundation Degree in Youth and Social Care

L5 Level 5
Full Time
11 September 2023 — 17 May 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

This course has been specifically designed to meet the localised and regional needs within the youth and care sector.
Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, this is an integrated programme, that combines the theoretical concepts that relate to young people, caring for them and helping them to care for themselves, whilst working within the broader care sector. This includes residential care settings, homeless hostels, supported lodgings for young people and youth offending programs. 

Students will develop a flexible and reflective approach to professional practice, founded on the principles and ethos of working with young people within a social care setting. They will develop an increased awareness of the different roles and functions of statutory, voluntary and third sector organisations and the different constraints within the current policy context.

In addition to the Foundation Degree, students have the opportunity to complete the Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Youth Work Practice provided by Adult Learning Wales. This will enable them to register as qualified youth support workers with the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC registration) for qualified youth and community workers, which is a legal requirement to work with young people in youth work settings. An enrolment fee of £50 must be paid for each Level and in some cases a fee of up to £350 may be needed dependent on individual circumstances.

How to Apply: You apply for this course via UCAS.  The ‘Apply Now’ button will take you to the UCAS course page.
You will need the following details:
Course Code – HC02, Institution Code – C16, Campus Code - A, Campus Name – City Centre Campus 
For further information visit Completing your UCAS application.

What you will study

You will study the following modules:

  • Introduction to Working with Young People in Social Care.
  • Academic skills and project research for working with young people
  • Adolescence and well being
  • Creative Group Work with Young People
  • Young people & Society.
  • Supporting transitions in practice 1 (placement learning and critical reflections on practice)
  • Understanding the needs of Young People
  • Safeguarding Young People and Anti-oppressive Practice in Social Care.
  • Applied Research with Young People
  • Working with organisations to improve outcomes for young people.
  • Supporting transitions in practice 2 (placement learning and critical reflections on practice)

In addition to the Foundation Degree, students have the opportunity to complete the Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Youth Work Practice. This will enable them to register as qualified youth support workers with the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC registration) for qualified youth and community workers, which is a legal requirement to work with young people in youth work settings.

Course fee per year

DBS Check: £45.05

Tuition Fees: £7,500.00

Entry requirements

Applications to the course will be considered on an individual basis. Typical entry requirements are detailed below but if you don’t meet these criteria, then your work and life experience will be taken into consideration. Combinations of the qualifications below are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable. Typical A-Level Offer – DD. Typical BTEC Offer - relevant BTEC level 3 profile of Merit/Pass or Pass/Pass/Pass. The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in place of one A-level at the grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements. Typical Access to HE Offer – Pass Diploma with 45 credits at level 3 in a related subject. Additionally, GCSE passes in three subjects at grade C or above to include Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent). A successful interview may also be a requirement for entry onto the course.

Teaching and assessment

  • Written assignments and practical assessments and exams

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

11 September 2023

End date

17 May 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

14 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



Foundation Degree in Youth and Social Care

Accredited by:


Bilingual Learning
What our students say

I did look around colleges before deciding on where to go, but Cardiff and Vale College provided the course information that I wanted. We have done quite a lot of reports and case studies but also looked into how the human brains works, so we can understand many forms of disabilities, both mental and physical. From my time at CAVC I can say that the staff are very friendly, I’ve also made a lot of friends and just generally enjoyed my time here.

Lori Mamo
Health and Social Care Level 3 student

Career prospects & further study

Foundation degree graduates will exit with significant subject knowledge that encompasses the youth and care sector. In addition, they will graduate with a range of professional and applied skills that increases their employability across the field, with a number of potential careers that are diverse and cater for a variety of students who choose to enter further undergraduate/postgraduate study. Following successful completion of this foundation degree, you can continue your studies within Higher Education at the University of South Wales in one of the following:

  • BSc (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice and Youth Justice
  • BA (Hons) Public Services
  • BA (Hons) Youth Studies

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE