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Leading Childrens Learning Development

Validated by York St. John University.

Programme Specification

Course Handbook

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.


Building on the knowledge gained from the Foundation Degree, this course will enhance your reflective practice and personal skills and development, enabling you to excel in your career.

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 ageand will have an expectation that you will have experience of, and access to work with children within this age range.

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.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of a relevant Foundation Degree or equivalent level 5 qualification. A satisfactory DBS, three years of relevant childcare experience. Some experience within a management or leadership role would also be desirable but not necessary.

Applicants with significant relevant prior learning and experience may also be considered.

Course Length

One year full-time

Dates and Times

Course begins September 2021 and will run every Tuesday between the hours of 2.00pm - 8.00pm.

Course Modules

The modules covered are:

  • Child Centred Education
  • Leading a Multi-Disciplinary Approach
  • Developing Inclusive Environments
  • Work Based Project (Research)
  • Critical Perspectives in Education.

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

By studying child development, you will develop an understanding of the environmental factors that can affect children and their growth both physically and emotionally. With this powerful knowledgeyou could progress to a more managerial or leadership role either within your organisation or in another setting.

On completion of this course you could progress to study an MA in Education or Social Work or complete a PGCE in teaching, allowing you to share with others your extensive knowledge.


£7,200Student Finance England funding is available via the direct.gov website.

Additional Costs

No additional costs are expected to occur with this qualification.


Lyn Johnston MA, (BA Hons) MA in Education has been a lecturer with the Early Years and Education team for  10 years. Lyn has previously worked in other colleges and has occupational experience working with young children.

Liza Bradley BA (Hons), PGCE has been a lecturer with the Early Years and Education team for four years. Liza has experience in working in the field of childcare in a leadership role as she managed a private day nursery for many years prior to working at college. Liza has over 15 years vocational experience and completed her BA within the college environment alongside full time employment.

Katie Wheeler

Melissa Hirst



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