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Awarding Body  University of Derby Course Title  FdA Children's and Young People's Services
Award  Foundation Degree  Award Level  5
UCAS Code X310 Study Mode  Part-Time
Start Dates September 2019 Duration 3 years
  1. About this course
  2. What you will cover
  3. Entry Requirements
  4. How to apply
  5. Careers and employability
  6. Professional Recognition

About this course

The Foundation Degree in Children’s and Young People’s Services has two pathways:

  • Early Years (EY)
  • Teaching Assistant (TA)

This Foundation Degree has been designed for Early Years practitioners who are currently working, paid or voluntary,    in any type of early years setting to study part-time to gain  a nationally recognised qualification building on experience with a focus on extending knowledge and developing practical skills. It is open to Early Years practitioners from a variety of early years educational settings. 

The Foundation Degree builds on your work experience and will involve support from your employer via a mentor. The Foundation Degree is validated by the University of Derby and will be delivered by the College in partnership with the university.


Assessment methods used include:

  • Written assignments, including essays
  • Reports 
  • Oral assessment and presentation  
  • Audits and SWOT analysis

Teaching and Learning

You will study through a mixture of theory and practical work, and reflect on your practice. There are no exams.

The course attendance is usually one evening (5pm – 8pm) per week. In addition to this, students will be expected to attend some tutorials. These are usually arranged on the evening of your study.

As a partner student you will be granted access to the University’s online learning environment ‘University of Derby Online (UDo)’. From within UDo you will be able to access the University’s Library (including an extensive range of eBooks, eJournals, audio and video resources), course resources related to your programme and your grades.

    Course Entry Requirements

    • At least 80 UCAS points (200 as per 2016 tariff) points at A level in appropriate subjects
    • CACHE Diploma in a related subject at grade C or above
    • BTEC National Extended Diploma
    • Other relevat Level 3 qualification
    • GCSE English Language and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above or equivalent

    Other Requirements:

    • Interview
    • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - you can apply at the college
    • Applicant must be employed within the sector i.e. early years/teaching assistant/children and young people related careers or have secured two days per week in an appropriate placement linked to their chosen pathway

Careers and employability

You can top up to a degree by completing the final stage of  a relevant Bachelor’s degree, such  as:

  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood  Studies
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies
  • BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies

Professional Recognition

The course provides the academic skills to go on to be a proficient Early Years Practitioner or Teaching Assistant or,  but also to be successful in almost any other profession that relates to working with young people and children. You can also continue on to a teacher training  course.

What you will cover

    You will study these modules:

Year 1
FdA 1Starting to Study - 4420
FdA 2Equality and Diversity - 4420
FdA 3Early Years Provision and Practice (EYP) or Supporting Teaching and Learning (TA) - 4420
FdA 4Work Based Reflective Practice 1 - 4420

Year 2
FdA 5Integrated Services - 4420
FdA 6Children Playing - 4420
FdA 7Work Based Reflective Practice - 5520
FdA 8Understanding Behaviour - 5520

Year 3
FdA 10Secondary Research - 5520
FdA 11Children's, Young People's and Family Rights - 5520
FdA 12Working with Parents and Carers - 5520
FdA 9Research Methods and Practice - 5520

Online Application & Eligibility Assessment

Note: Please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references etc before starting the application form. You will also need access to your e-mail.

Apply through UCAS [Prefered]

Apply Online Directly

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Fees and Finance

Tuition Fees for Academic Programmes

Tuition fees for Full-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
Higher National Certificate £6,165.00   1 year
Higher National Diploma
£6,165.00   2 years
Foundation Degree FdA £6,165.00   2 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £6,165.00   3 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up
£6,165.00   1 year

Tuition fees for Part-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
Higher National Certificate
£4,500.00   2 years

Higher National Diploma

£4,500.00   3 years
Foundation Degree FdA £4,500.00   4 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £4,500.00   5 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up

£4,500.00   2 years


Undergraduate funding (2018/19)

Student Finance England

Full-time study
The majority of undergraduate funding comes from the Student Loans Company and is assessed by your funding authority. Please visit Student Finance England (SFE) website pages for detailed information.



Eligible Undergraduate students can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £6,165 to cover the full cost of their annual tuition fees. A maintenance loan (for living costs) of up to £11,354 is also available. This can be used to pay for general living costs, accommodation, travel and other course related costs.

The simple online calculator (https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator) will give you an accurate idea of what level of student funding you may be eligible for.

Part-time study
If you are a part-time student on a degree course you can apply for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan. The maximum tuition fee loan you can get if you are a part-time student is £4,625 per year. The amount you get depends on the cost of your tuition fees. Your maintenance loan will be paid at pro-rata of full time study. The amount you get depends on your household income.

The tuition fee loan is paid directly to your university or college.

For more information and downloadable guides, visit the Direct Gov website

Repaying loans
You will not start repaying your student loans for fees and living costs until you have finished studying and you are earning over £25,000 a year. For more information visit the Direct Gov website https:// www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan

Other Sources of Funding
You do not have to apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company to fund your studies. Some students use private funding or employer sponsorship to pay for their course.


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Starting to Study - 4 [FdA 1]

Unit type:Core

Equality and Diversity - 4 [FdA 2]

Unit type:Core

Early Years Provision and Practice (EYP) or Supporting Teaching and Learning (TA) - 4 [FdA 3]

Unit type:Core

Work Based Reflective Practice 1 - 4 [FdA 4]

Unit type:Core

Integrated Services - 4 [FdA 5]

Unit type:Core

Children Playing - 4 [FdA 6]

Unit type:Specialist

Work Based Reflective Practice - 5 [FdA 7]

Unit type:Core

Understanding Behaviour - 5 [FdA 8]

Unit type:Core

Secondary Research - 5 [FdA 10]

Unit type:Core

Children's, Young People's and Family Rights - 5 [FdA 11]

Unit type:Core

Working with Parents and Carers - 5 [FdA 12]

Unit type:Specialist

Research Methods and Practice - 5 [FdA 9]

Unit type:Core


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