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If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS Code: 4T9B. Institution code Y70.

If you wish to study part-time follow the 'apply' link at the top of this page and fill out a York College application form.

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 is a specialist programme aimed at those working, or seeking to work in roles associated with children aged 0-11 years in educational care settings and in primary schools.

You will be joining a programme with an established reputation for producing graduates who enjoy challenging careers in the early years’ services. Tutors on the Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning will work with you, to ensure that you are able to develop the skills and competencies you need to progress in your career. This bespoke support ensures that our graduates achieve the highest possible standards in both their academic achievement and professional lives.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry: 32 UCAS Tariff points or equivalent (MMP). Please see the UCAS tariff calculator on the left-hand side of this webpage to work out your tariff point amount.

Non-standard entry: Applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the standard minimum entry requirements will be considered. Applicants will be required to demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter the course through their personal statement.

Duration and Attendance

Ideally, you will already be working professionally with children and the format of the programme, normally taught on one afternoon and evening each week, will enable you to balance your work and studies. If you are not currently employed in working with children, voluntary work placements can be arranged.

Programme Content

As an FD Children's Development and Learning student at York College, you will be joining a programme with an established reputation for producing graduates who enjoy challenging careers in the early years’ services. You will study a variety of themes as part of the course including valuing inclusivity through shared expertise, understanding learning and education theorists, academic skills, communicating in an effective and professional manner and the wider social and economic environment.

Course themes include:

  • Understanding the wider social and economic environment
  • Relating management and organisational theory to practice
  • Communicating in an effective and professional manner
  • Reflecting on own learning and performance
  • Valuing inclusivity through shared expertise
  • Understanding learning and education theorists
  • Supporting children’s learning
  • Academic skills
  • Health and Wellbeing

Assessment Methods

The FD is awarded on completion of 120 credits at level 4, completed across seven modules. There is a requirement for the student to be employed in the children’s workforce or to undertake a work placement to be able to complete some of the module assessments. Your work will be continually assessed through a number of methods such as assignments, essays and work-based research.


On successful completion of the foundation degree, it may lead to employment in the early years’ services, managers or practitioners in early years’ settings or work with the Early Years Development and Childcare Partnerships. You may wish to progress to the BA (Hons) Leading Children's Development and Learning at York College or progress on to BA (Hons) Playwork or Education Studies at other local universities. Other progression routes are available in Childhood Studies and Early Years teaching degrees with Qualified Teacher Status.

How to Apply

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

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.



Katie Wheeler

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