If you are working in an early years setting or are currently in a school as a teaching assistant, the Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning could help you to progress to the next level of your career. It is a work-based programme which will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to progress in your chosen career, without having to give up employment in order to study. It is validated as a Level 5 award and requires you to attend for half a day each week during term time, for two years.

Meet our students Elizabeth Lefever

Elizabeth Lefever

I’ve always wanted to work in the childcare industry and chose this course as the best option to further my career. I like the fact that I have work placements in nurseries and schools to get more experience and become more confident. The support staff and teachers are happy to help and full of encouragement.

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Meet our students Laura Pearce

Laura Pearce

As a teaching assistant, I find the course extremely relevant to my job. The course has taught me a lot about children’s learning development, and I’m applying what I’ve learnt so far within my role at the school where I work. Studying for a degree in Newbury is an advantage to me. I was thrilled that UCN’s partnership with the University of Reading made this possible for me. More...

Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning

  • Description

    Year 1 (Level 4) Modules include:

    • Theories of learning and development
    • Child in society 1
    • Partnership with parents
    • Learning spaces
    • Professional Skills in the Children's Workforce

    Year 2 (Level 5) Modules include:

    • Practitioner research
    • Child in society 2
    • Creativity and critical thinking
    • Supporting learning and development 0 - 11 years
    • International perspectives (optional)
    • Leadership in the children's workforce (optional).

    To participate in this programme you will need a computer and/or device with sufficient internet access. Specific requirements and information on the support available to borrow or purchase equipment can be discussed at interview.

  • Entry Requirements

    All applicants must be 18 years or above, working at least 2.5 days in a relevant setting within the workforce. Ideally you'll have two 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.

    English Language and Maths GCSE at grade C (or 4) or Level 2 equivalent alongside a Level 3 qualification in a work-related area.

    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.

    This course will support you in developing your academic as well as your professional skills. Independent study skills and good time management skills are needed. Students are University of Reading students who are given a full campus card and are able to access Readings library and Study Advice support services.

  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree (FdEd) in Children's Development and Learning Level 5

  • Progression

    There is guaranteed progression to the BA in Children's Development and Learning at the University of Reading on successful completion of the Foundation Degree, which is a 1 year work-based programme. Successful students progress into varied careers within the children's workforce, as well as gaining EYPS or QTS.

  • Assessment

    Students attend College for one afternoon into early-evening session a week. Teaching is through lectures, seminars and workshops, and makes full use of the University of Reading virtual learning platform (Blackboard) for extending discussions and sharing resources. A range of course work is used for assessment - essays, presentations, reports and Wikis. Each module also has an element of work-based assessment through guided professional discussion. The optional modules are taught using blended learning methods of teaching and assessment.

  • Home Study

    Independent study and research to support the sessions delivered at College by your tutors.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    The tuition fee for this programme is £7,900 per year. There is an annual student association fee of £15. At times, students are offered the opportunity to participate in external visits, which may require additional entrance fees and coach costs. Further details will be discussed during induction.

Code Day Start End Times Fees*
FDL4SCDL 242601 Thursday 19/09/2024 06/06/2026 12:30 - 19:30 £7900

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