Foundation Degree inChildren's and Young People's Services

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Our Foundation Degree programme aims to equip you with the tools to become a successful practitioner by emphasising the importance of critical reflection and work-based experience. Studied part-time over three years, the Foundation Degree aims to give you a firm grounding in children’s and young people’s services. For the duration of the course, students must be working for at least 16 hours per week within the sector. This can be paid or voluntary.

Awarded by:

University of Derby

Course Content


The Early Years Pathway is a three-year course aimed at individuals who have a keen interest in early years education and who have at least one year of experience working with children aged 0-5 years. This course is ideal for practitioners wanting to study a Higher Education course whilst actively working in the industry.


This course is designed for experienced teaching assistants who want to develop their professional knowledge and understanding through a combination of theoretical and practical study. Whichever pathway you choose, this programme will develop you as a confident, knowledgeable and effective practitioner. Your academic study will be reflected in your practical work, and your working environment will be used for projects, activities and research. With an emphasis on employability and transferable skills, everything that you learn in college will be relevant to your everyday practice, and you will need to identify a workbased critical friend who can support and advise you.


Year 1

  • Starting to Study
  • Early Years Provision and Practice OR Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • Work Based Reflective Practice (1)
  • Equality and Diversity

Year 2

  • Integrated Services
  • Children and Young People Communicating
  • Understanding Behaviour
  • Work Based Reflective Practice (2)

Year 3

  • Working with Parents and Carers
  • Research Methods and Practice
  • Children, Young People and Families' Rights
  • Secondary Research

Entry Requirements

A relevant Level 3 (or equivalent) qualification.

Progression Opportunities

Graduates of this course with a pass/40% are automatically considered for progression onto our final-year BA (Hons) Education Studies degree. Other students have completed degrees at university or furthered their careers in the early years and primary sectors.


Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

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Key Facts


  • September 2020

Mode of Attendance:

  • Part Time



Course Duration:

3 Years

Programme Costs: (Per Year)

  • Part Time (PT):
  • UK / EU Residents: £4,500
  • Non EU: £4,500

Please contact the HE Student Registry for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 20/21KPK0011

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