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BA Hons Leading Childrens Development and Learning

Validated by York St John University.

If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS Code: X392. Institution code Y70.

Click here to view York College’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and an explanation on how fee income will be used to support students.


This programme is a top-up course to convert an existing Foundation Degree in Children’s Development and Learning or equivalent Level 5 qualification into a full BA (Hons) Degree.

The qualification delivers a wide range of knowledge and skills to enable you to gain and maintain employment within the education sector and related sectors. In addition, you will be developing core skills and understanding based on current practice in the education sector, and the leadership skills required to impact upon environments which support children’s learning and development. The course content will consider the learning and development needs of children from 0 - 11 years of age, and will have an expectation that you will have experience of, and access to work with children within this age range.

Entry Requirements 

Completion of a relevant Foundation Degree or equivalent Level 5 qualification. Applicants with considerable skills and experience may be considered.

Our Approach

Teaching will take place mainly in the classroom, however, other practical environments such as outdoor settings and alternative educational settings will be experienced to broaden and develop your learning.

The programme is normally taught one day (afternoon and evening) each week allowing for students to undertake study around existing work commitments. Assessments are conducted in a variety of ways including seminar activities and written work, with students preparing their dissertations with tutorial support either on or off site.

Course Themes

  • Child centred education
  • Critical perspectives in education
  • Leading a multi-disciplinary approach
  • Outdoor learning
  • Developing inclusive environments
  • Early years policy and provisions
  • Multi-disciplinary working
  • Work-based project

Did You Know?

You will be taught by staff who are leading practitioners in the sector and with academic experience in a range of appropriate subject areas. 

Skills You Will Learn

  • In-depth knowledge of the education sector
  • Communication skills with a variety of ages and abilities
  • Motivational skills
  • Organisational skills
  • An awareness of the relationship between practice and theory
  • The analytical skills to graduate as a reflective practitioner
  • The ability to select, test and make appropriate use of resources

Career Progression

  • Nursery Manager
  • Au Pair
  • Early Years Teacher
  • Youth Worker
  • Learning Mentor
  • Family Support Worker
  • Teaching Assistant
  • SEND Teacher


Full time: £7200

How to Apply

You need to apply for this course through the UCAS website.

Katie Wheeler

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