Level 5

FD Young Children's Learning and Development

If you are already working in an early years environment, whether employed or in a voluntary position, and are looking for a way to get even better at caring for young people, then the Foundation Degree Young Children’s Learning and Development is the course for you.

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The FD programme is designed to support the integration of theory and practice and develop skills and attributes needed to work with children, young people and adults.

Consideration has been given to the fact that Early Years students and practitioners work in a variety of employment situations and an increasingly wide age range. It is therefore essential that learning activities are responsive to the student profile, key employment demands, current developments in the sector and needs of the wider community through creating businesses and employment.

Therefore, experiential learning is embedded throughout the programme and draws on professional practice, access to an early years setting is therefore essential.



Level 4

·         Professional Practice: Academic Skills (20 credits)

·         Play based learning (20 credits)

·         Observation & Physical Wellbeing the Early Years (20 credits)

·         Child Development (20 credits)

·         Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs (20 credits)

·         Collaborative Practice (20 credits)


Level 5

·         Leadership and Management (20 credits)

·         Professional Practice: Research (20 credits)

·         Implementing contemporary research (20 credits)

·         Enterprise and employability progress in Early Years Practice (20 credits)

·         Early Years Practice (40 credits)


UCAS Code: X301

Fees: £7500



Upon completion of this foundation degree students may wish to progress to the BA (Hons) Young Children’s Learning and Development (Top-up) or pursue a career in any of the following areas:

·         Children’s Centre Manager

·         Early Years Practitioner

·         Early years development worker

·         Day Nursery Manager

·         Out-of-School Manager

·         Pre-School Manager

·         Family support officer/ coordinator


UCAS provides support for young people making post-18 choices, as well as mature learners, by providing information, advice, and guidance to inspire and facilitate educational progression to university, college, or a degree apprenticeship.

We support 1.5 million students every year to explore entering higher education, employment and apprenticeships and manage almost three million applications, from around 700,000 people each year, for full-time undergraduate courses at over 380 universities and colleges across the UK.

If you are going to apply to Universities following completion of your Access to HE course then you will need to apply through this link which provides additional information about applying  they can also provide advice regarding applying for Student finance and that is available here.

Student finance for undergraduates is an important part of the student experience and you may be able to borrow money to help pay for tuition fees and help with living costs. This is all available at the Student Finance website which has a step-by-step guide. Click here for further information.

It is important to note that when you enrol on an Access to HE courseyou can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of a course at a college or training provider in England.

Loan eligibility does not depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

Check if you’re eligible before you apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Your loan will be written off if you then sign up for a Higher Education course AND you have completed in full the Access to HE course.

Entry Requirements

64 UCAS points, IELTS Score: 6.5


Course Info

Full Time Higher Education

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We are proud to collaborate with University of Hull on the validation of this course.

This includes transforming our programmes to ensure that we meet the evolving needs of the sector, giving you the best opportunities for success when you graduate by having a competence-based focus. Find out more about competence-based higher education.

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