• LevelLevel 4 & 5
  • Duration2 Years
  • Awarding bodyThe Open University


This Foundation Degree course aims to recruit students who have a desire to work with young people, adults or families in a range of different professional environments and organisations.

The focus of this course is to inform students on work- based opportunities connected to different working sectors in preparation for future careers and employment. In addition, it aims to provide a broad -based underpinning of knowledge & understanding in relation to social and contemporary issues, policy and professional practice.

Career pathways linked to this course are:

  • Family Support and Outreach Work
  • Health & SC Settings-Support Workers
  • Youth Justice & Probation Services
  • Youth Work/Sport & Community Projects
  • Fire Service
  • Prison Service
  • A range of Voluntary/Charity Services-MIND/My Sisters Place/CAB/Drug and Alcohol Services
  • Local Authority-Housing Organisations
  • Local Government Admin Services/Fostering/Adoption Services
  • Local Authority/Private –Assisted and Supported Living- Learning Disabilities/ Mental Health/Children
  • Looked After by the Local Authority.

Course Information

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01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Level 4 study year 1:

  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Individuals (20)
  • Social & Contemporary Issues Facing Young People & Adults (20)
  • Policy & Political Perspectives (20)
  • Understanding Organisations (20)
  • Higher Education Study Skills (10)
  • Developing Skills For Working Practice (30)

Level 5 study- year 2:

  • Participation and Inclusion for Individuals with Additional Needs (20)
  • Working within a multiagency environment (20)
  • Developing Community Based Approaches (20)
  • Understanding approaches to learning and behaviour (20)
  • Work-Based Project (40)

Entry requirements

Potential applicants should hold Level 3 qualifications. Placement experience is an essential feature of the FD Social and Community course. All undergraduate students are expected to find themselves a suitable work-based placement prior to enrolling on the course. This should be linked to a career area of interest. If this is not achieved by the time the student enrols onto the FD course, then support will be given to assist in finding a work-based placement.

The course is assessed through module assessments linked to assignments.

Fees are paid via a student finance loan at present the 2022/23 fees for Foundation Degrees are £6900 per year.

A laptop is provided via the College/University Centre.

Please apply online. Our team will make contact with you for further details to arrange an interview. If your application is successful we will formally offer you a place via UCAS.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to apply directly to us then please press the apply now button at the top of this webpage. If your application is successful we will formally offer you a place on the programme and upload your application to UCAS for you.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

If you are worried about the cost of higher education, it might help to know there are a range of financial support schemes available to help with course fees when studying at Middlesbrough College. Our Student Services department can offer advice and guidance when students apply for a loan or bursary.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from the town centre. As well as being just a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from a bursary that can help with the costs of travel.


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