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Course details

Year of entry

2023, 2024


2 YRS (PT)

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Course Highlights

Joint 1st in the UK

for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2022)*


in a rare degree subject


course, allowing you to integrate study alongside your work or volunteering

Why choose? this course?

This innovative course is designed for those working or volunteering with children dealing with the impact of trauma. A specialist programme, it provides a vital insight into childhood trauma and post-traumatic growth and ensures those working with the most vulnerable children in society are trained to the highest standard.

The course:

  • incorporates best practice in the sector
  • focuses on key areas that will enable you to become an engaged expert, enhancing your career prospects in this unique subject area
  • *is part of a subject area ranked first in Wales for student satisfaction and joint first for graduate prospects in the Social Work subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022

You will:

  • take part in the annual therapeutic child care conference which provides opportunities to interact with leading national representatives from practice and research within the Therapeutic Child Care Sector
  • study with students on the programme from a wide geographical location across the UK giving opportunities to hear about innovative practice initiatives
  • have an opportunity to ‘top up’ the FdA award to a full BA (Hons) degree in Therapeutic Child Care

Key course features

  • Unique course not taught widely in the UK, allowing you to become a specialist.
  • This degree is work-based and vocationally relevant allowing you to integrate study alongside your work or volunteering.
  • After an initial lecture at the university this course is delivered primarily online using our virtual learning environment via Moodle, including online discussions, seminars and tutorials.
  • The course is taught by specialist staff and there are guest lecturers from local industry professionals.
  • *This course is part of a subject area ranked first in Wales for student satisfaction and joint first for graduate prospects in the Social Work subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022.

What you will study


In year one, you will lay the foundations of your academic study skills whilst also learning the foundations of relationship-based work with children. There is a focus on developing your verbal and written communication alongside learning about the values, knowledge and skills that underpin therapeutic child care.


  • Attachment Theory
  • Child development and Play
  • Study Skills in Higher Education 
  • Child Sexual Exploitation: Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and the Protective Environment
  • Working Together to Safeguard Self and Others


Year two focuses on the application of theory to practice. In year two you will apply theoretical models to promote attachment and trauma-informed practice models. There is a focus on the development of self through therapeutic skills and critical reflection.


  • Professional Development
  • Trauma and Resilience
  • Applied Attachment Theory
  • Creative Methods in the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Sexual Development and the Impact of Abuse


The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

  • All students must be current childcare practitioners and have at least ten hours a week paid or voluntary work within the childcare sector, preferably with children who are ‘looked after’. If you have no relevant employment experience you are advised in the first instance to have an informal discussion with one of our tutors.
  • You must also be able to negotiate time away from your workplace to attend lectures (approximately twelve days each academic year).
  • A-level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People or an NVQ level 3 related to working with children and young people.
  • A GCSE English/Welsh (First Language) (grade C/4 or above) or equivalent. Appropriate AS-level and Level 3 Key Skills qualifications will also be taken into account.
  • You must have access to a computer and internet connection.
  • Completion of the university application form
  • All candidates will be interviewed.

Teaching & Assessment

All assessments are based on your academic study and from gathering information in the workplace. You are assessed in a variety of ways throughout the three years of study, including, essays, portfolio, workbook, presentation, video role-play and reflective commentary. 

Teaching and learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

You will get lots of support especially as you start to develop the skills needed to complete assessments. Feedback will be given during and after each assessment to help you build a variety of academic and practical writing skills.

To add flexibility, a large part of this course is taught online.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability Service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Careers open to graduates of this degree include working with children:

  • In residential homes and schools
  • In foster care 
  • In family support work.

After successful completion of the FdA students often gain promotion within their organisation. Some students go on to top-up their FdA to a full BA (Hons) Therapeutic Child Care. 




Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2023/24 for FdA Therapeutic Childcare are £3250.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees and funding pages.


If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.


If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section