Children and Young People FDA

This Foundation Degree in Children and Young People will open up a range of career opportunities within schools, early years environments, youth work, outreach and working with SEN children. If you are passionate about working with children and child development, this course is the perfect platform to a rewarding career. We also offer the Early Years' Educator pathway as part of the degree which is focused on children aged 0-5 years and gives you a licence to practice in an early years' setting.

The FdA Children and Young People is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Foundation degrees provide a wide-ranging study of the early education and care sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in early education and care practice or related fields. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the early education and care sector, the FdA Children and Young People gives students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for employment, progression within employment or further study.

As part of our work ready guarantee you will have the opportunity to embed a range of employability-related knowledge and skills specific to the early education and care sector. These are embedded throughout the units in the qualification, and include professional identity, relationships with others, support best outcomes for the child and understand global, national and local policy.

All students are required to undertake a mandatory work placement for a minimum of 100 hours each year of study, relevant to their intended employment preference. Please note this is an absolute minimum and you should be keen to gain as much experience in the sector as possible, we recommend one day per week starting as soon as possible in the first year and continuing, at least, until mandatory hours, skills criteria sign offs and the Work Based Learning project in year two are completed.

All students will be observed by a college assessor, additionally, for the EYE pathway, you will be observed on your competency levels in placement in order for you to achieve the license to practice. This will support students and assessors in gathering, monitoring and evaluating learning through placement and in assessing the reflective practice criteria embedded in the units.

  • What will be studied

    Year 1 - Level 4

    • Academic Study Skills
    • Equality and Diversity in Practice
    • Child Development: Early Years
    • The Curriculum: Early Years
    • Personal Development or Recognition of Prior Learning
    • Child Development: 8-18 years
    • Work Related Learning

    Year 2 - Level 5

    • Professional Development
    • Work Based Learning
    • Safeguarding and Child Protection
    • Working with Parents and Professionals
    • The Atypical Child
    • The Curriculum 7 years +

    Part time students will be able to complete the Level 4 modules over 2 years and the Level 5 over 4 years, i.e. 60 credits per year.

  • What are the entry requirements?

    A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points plus at least 5 GCSEs at Grades A-C including English and maths.

    Mature applicants (21 years and above) with suitable background or experience may be accepted without formal qualifications, subject to interview. English GSCE is a requirement for all students.

  • Where does this course lead to?
    • Family, social and community care/work support roles in a range of community-based settings.
    • Senior early years practitioner.
    • Supervision and management roles in children's nursery and other childcare settings.
    • Teaching assistant roles in early education or preschool settings.
    • Care and education support for children with special education and development needs.
    • Children's community-based health support roles.
    • Honours degrees in Early Childhood Studies (Available at Kidderminster College)
    • Psychology and Child Development
    • Child and Youth Studies or related areas.
  • What qualifications will be gained?

    Foundation Degree in Children and Young People

  • How will this course be delivered?

    Attend Kidderminster College for 11 hours a week, with a further 1-2 days in a vocational placement. This can be voluntary or paid work but a minimum of two different settings are required to complete the programme if studying the EYE route. You will be responsible for sourcing these placements although our staff will be able to advise you of suitable settings.

  • How will I be assessed?

    You must complete all taught units over the 2 year programme in order to achieve the full HND qualification. You must also complete the Practical and Reflective Evidence Portfolio (PREP) to reflect your placement experience.

    Assessment is via practice-based observations and written assessments including reports, analytical essays, logs, presentations and seminars.     

  • How to get a place?

    You can apply to the programme via Kidderminster College website:

    HE Applications Form - Kidderminster College

    To speak to a colleague from the team, ring Student Services: 01562 820811


  • Other Information:

    Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

    DBS: You will require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate which costs £50. You must then join the DBS update service which costs £13 a year. This will enable you to change placements during your course without incurring any delay or further DBS costs.

    Uniform: Students will be required to wear a branded college polo shirt and fleece jacket in placement. This has an approximate cost of £20- £30.

    Whilst on this course we would expect you to bring equipment to classes to assist with completing lesson takes, such as:-

    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Memory stick
    • Notepad

    On completion of this qualification you will be prepared for entry to, or progression in a range of careers in early education and care, including: Family, Social and community care/work support roles in a range of community-based settings; senior early years practitioner, supervision and management roles in children's nursery and other childcare settings; teaching assistant roles in early education or preschool settings; care and education support for children with special education and development needs; children's community-based health support roles.


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