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Child Care, Education and Teacher Training

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The Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning is delivered over two years, with the option to progress to the BA for a work-based programme at the University of Reading.

The course is modular and areas covered include: theories of development and learning, the child in society, learning spaces and Professional Skills in the Children's Workforce. In the programme students will develop a number of transferable skills such as communication, information handling and team working.

Entry Requirements

Full-time: 2 years (Although attendance at College is only on a Thursday for 2019) GCSE: English Language at grade C (or 4) or Level 2 equivalent Other requirements: You must be working at least 2.5 days a week in a relevant setting, and are normally expected to have obtained:

  • An NQF Level 3 qualification in a work-related area or equivalent
  • GCSE Mathematics at grade C (or 4) or Level 2 equivalent
  • At least 2 years' experience (which may include voluntary work and/or a placement completed as part of a vocational qualification) of working directly with children within the Children's Workforce, for example, in a registered early years setting or in a school as a teaching assistant.

Please note:

All candidates will be invited for interview as part of the application process. Any candidate who does not fully meet the entry criteria (e.g. who does not have maths GCSE, a Level 3 vocational qualification, or the specified amount of full-time work experience, but may have significant part-time work placement and/or volunteering experience and be able to demonstrate their ability to produce written work that meets the required level) is invited to submit their application, which will be considered on a case by case basis.


Two years experience in a work place setting.


Level 5 Foundation Degree qualification in Children's Development and Learning.


On-going assessment delivered in a variety of methods including: essays, reports, presentations, and a portfolio.

Home Study

This full-time programme requires significant independent study to support learning.

Work Placement

Candidates must be in relevant employment, working or volunteering with children between the ages of 0-11 for a minimum of two and a half days per week. Candidates usually work in early years, primary or SEN settings.


Students could progress onto a full BA degree in the third year delivered by University of Reading (subject to interview). - Progression to the BA Children's Development & Learning (Hons) is possible through a further year of work-based study at the University of Reading. - Students who have completed year 3 often go on to undertake a teaching qualification, including an Early Years Teacher qualification.

Fees and Additional Costs

The fees are agreed with the University of Reading. In the 2018-19 academic year, fees for existing/continuing students are £4,625 per year. For more information on University of Reading fees visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/fees-and-funding/fees-and-funding-ug/home-eu-undergraduate-student-fees/fees-update-undergraduate-uk-eu-students.

Additional Information

Key information from student views collated by UNISTATS is available by following this link: http://www.unistats.co.uk/Subjects/Overview/10004596FT-NFCDLNEW.

FDL4SCDL 192101 Thursday 17/09/2019 11/06/2021 12:30 - 19:30 £4625.00

Please be aware that this course has already started. Please call 01635 845000 to check if spaces are available.

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