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FdA Young Children's Learning and Development

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Course Details

Sub Title In order to maintain the high value of our courses, any new degree qualifications or changes to existing courses have to go through a validation process with our new university partners to ensure that our qualifications meet the requirements for an award from their institution. Our foundation degrees and top-up BA hons degree programmes are currently subject to validation for 2017 entry. As soon as the new validations are confirmed, course information details will be updated and all applicants will be informed of the changes.
Location University Centre - Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 5
Start Date September
Duration Full time: 2 years, Part time: 3 years
Time of Day Day
Mode of Study Part time, Full time
Awarding Body Leeds Beckett University
Offering Code FD4CLD
UCAS Code X300
Programme Design and Overview This course combines study and practical work experience to equip you with a combination of technical abilities, academic knowledge, and transferable skills that are highly desirable to employers. You’ll undertake a placement where you will be able to put your learning in the classroom into practice and boost your employability. Many practitioners will already have a range of rich and varied experiences of working with children and families. This course will help you become more aware of developmental approaches to learning and to reflect on your own practice, which will extend your professional competence and effectiveness in supporting the wellbeing of children. This course is seen by the Government as making a significant contribution to the ladder of lifelong learning providing opportunities for students to progress to further professional qualifications such as our BA (Hons) Early Years (Top up) course.
Indicative Content You will study a range of theoretical and work-related components which will enhance your understanding of working with children in early years and primary education. You will have the opportunity to choose a topic for a research project which will contribute to your knowledge of a specific area. You will also have the opportunity to choose an optional module (subject to student numbers) based on your future career goals. Level 4 modules: Child development theory and practice Safeguarding children Employability Study Skills Understanding children’s behaviour Holistic development in early childhood Level 5 Modules Play-based learning Children and society Leadership and management in early years care and education Research Project in Young Children's Learning and Development Health Issues in Childcare Optional Modules (minimum of 10 students required) Current Issues Primary education policy and practice
Delivery Methods Sessions involve a range of learning opportunities including group work, formal lectures, workshops, case studies, and practical activities. Along with the structured sessions, you will engage in directed and self-directed study. As such, a high level of personal commitment is expected. Full time Hours: 9 hours of delivered lessons per week, plus 18 hours of self-directed study per week. Students are also able to access 3 hour per week of tutorial support for study at level 4 and 2 hours support for level 5. Part Time Hours: 6 hours of delivered lessons per week, plus 12 hours of self-directed study per week. Students are also able to access 3 hour per week of tutorial support for study at level 4 and 2 hours support for level 5. Please note the above hours are additional to the placement hours • Full time 12 hours placement • Part time 6 hours placement
Nature of Assessments on the Programme Knowledge is assessed by means of assignments, reports, portfolios, assessed presentations and a delivered micro-teach. You will also need to demonstrate your competence in your workplace or placement and you will have the opportunity to choose a topic for a research project that will contribute to your knowledge of a specific topic. You will also be required to be employed in or undertake mandatory placement in an early years setting for a minimum of 12 hours per week full time and 6 hours per week part time.
Entry Requirements Minimum 120 UCAS tariff points from relevant Level 3 study such as a Level 3 Diploma in Early Years or A Levels. Non-traditional entry requirements Applicants with other qualifications maybe considered, depending on experience or Applicants for the full-time route whohave A Levels or Level 3 qualifications unrelated to the early years andeducation sector will be considered All applicants must have a GCSE grade A*–C in English Language *Applicants wishing to APL will also be considered. You will have to provide a portfolio of evidence detailing prior knowledge and achievements.
Attendance Expectations Full time: 2 years, 2 days per week and 12-18 hours employed or in a placement in an early years setting. Part time: 3 years, 1 day per week and 12 hours employed or in a placement in an early years setting.
Attendance - Please note A compulsory placement is required for both Full and Part-time routes (unless in employment with in the Early Years sector). Placement should be an Early Years setting of your choice, e.g. Childminder, private day nursery or key stage one class within a primary school. Full time: 9.00-17.00 2 days per week on campus, plus 2 days placement (totalling 12 hours per week) for 30 weeks per year. Part time: 9.00-17.00 1 day per week on campus, plus 1 day placement (totalling 6 hours per week) for 30 weeks per year.
Fee Information

These fees relate to 2018/19

Annual Tuition Fee : Full-time £6750.00 per year, Part-time £4500.00 per year

Full-Time All eligible full-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit:

Part-time Home and EU students on their first higher education course who are studying at least 25% of a full time equivalent course can apply for a non-means tested tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. For more information, please visit:

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Additional Course Costs

A DBS Enhanced Disclosure is a compulsory requirement of any offer to study on courses which require you to work with children and/or vulnerable adults. Approximate cost £45.00

Further details on DBS disclosures can be found at GOV.UK, by contacting the DBS information line on 0870 9090 844

Students are also liable for costs relating to:

  • Purchase of books; approximately £240.00
  • Campus parking (Wakefield Campus only;) approximately £4.00 per day
  • Travel to and from campus: £5.50 per day on public transport
  • Travel to and from placement; £5.50 on public transport
  • Stationary: approximately £30.00
  • Trips and visits: approximately £60.00
  • Printing; approximately £50.00

The following costs should be used as a guide only. Arrangements apply to 2016 entry.

Printing and photocopying costs:
There is no charge for course hand-outs, handbooks etc. Students will receive a printing credit of £10 per annum from the University Centre, after which students will have to pay for extra credits.

Library overdue charges:
Overdue charges apply to all library loans to encourage you to return any resources you borrow on time. Overdue charges are 5p per day per book.  There is no charge for e-books rentals.

Graduation Ceremony:
When you graduate, we will invite you to your graduation ceremony. It is free for you to attend, however, to take part you will need to pay to hire an academic robe to wear during the ceremony. Details can be found here:

Financial Support Information

The government provides financial assistance to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. To find out more, visit the website at:

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email:

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please contact the Financial Support Team. Get in touch on 01924 789283 or email:

Further Study Successful completion will provide the opportunity to further your studies with a direct route to the BA (Hons) Early Years Top Up degree at Wakefield University Centre. Past students have also progressed to Primary Teaching Top Up degrees with QTS or PGCE, Youth and Community Top Up degrees and Business and Management Top up degrees.
Career Opportunities Graduates of this course have a range of options including careers within primary teaching, management within an early years setting, early years teaching, and child development specialist roles, Family support, Parent Liaison.
How to Apply

Full-time: Please apply through UCAS
Part-time: Please complete a part-time HE/Professional application form.

If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

Admissions Process For details on higher education admissions procedures, please see the 'Admissions Code of Practice' document on the Wakefield College website:
Pre-enrolment Preparation In order to prepare yourself for the commencement of your chosen programme, you are advised to engage in study skills literature, Cottrell, S. (2013) would be advised.
Group Size An average group size of 15-24 is expected for both routes The programme will only be viable if there is a minimum of 10 students in total.
Disability Support Information

We’re committed to a programme of support to ensure that the Equality and Diversity policy is fully effective. We recognise the importance of effective support mechanisms in enabling all students to achieve their potential and will continue to improve provision for students with a disability.

The Additional Support Service is responsible for supporting disabled learners and those with language support needs. The earlier you request support, the quicker it can be provided, so if you know you’ll need support or adjustments, contact us in good time before your course starts. Get in touch on 01924 789120 or email us at:

Terms and Conditions The successful completion of the course can only be achieved if the compulsory placement hours are fulfilled and competency checklist signed by the placement supporter.
For Further Details

Full and Part time route: FdA Young Children’s Learning and Development Programme Leader Johanne Child 01924 789498

Having always had a passion to work with children, I returned to education in 2000 and gained my BTEC National Diploma in Early Years in 2002. I worked in the sector for several years alongside studying for my degree. I was fortunate enough to gain experience in many areas of the sector from schools and holiday clubs to private day nursery’s and eventually became the pre-school room co-ordinator. In 2006 I graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a 2:1 in Behavioural Science and then again in 2007 with a PGCE. I decided to move into the post-compulsory education sector in 2007 and have taught at levels 1 to 3 on childcare courses as well as teaching in the higher education sector. In October 2012 I achieved my Masters’ Degree in Education and I am hoping to begin a Doctorate of Education in the near future. My specialisms lie in the sociological and psychological aspects of child development and how society and family influence child development.

Case Study

"The locality of the College and flexibility of the Foundation Degree were all factors in choosing Wakefield, as I have my own Child Minding business that I run from home.

"I found the tutors very supportive, encouraging and approachable, which is great after being out of education for so long.  I also had great experiences, not only in learning a lot from the course, but also in networking with the students and swapping ideas. 

"My advice to anyone who wants to get back into learning, or who may be interested in the course, would be just to go for it.  You will have plenty of support from your tutors - so go on and sign up for the course!"  Bev Flockton, Foundation Degree in Early Years.

Course Groups (W) Higher Education
Subject Area (W) Childcare/Early Years
Client Group (W) Higher Education, 19+, International
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