FdA Childhood Studies, Care & Education (UCAS code 51LK)

Course Overview:

This course will equip you with the specialist knowledge and skills needed to support your continued development in this profession of working with children.  It is suitable for those working in Early years or primary school provision to further develop skills to Level 5.  It is aimed at those already supporting teaching as Teaching Assistants/1-1 Support Assistants and Early Years Practitioners to enhance skills and practice in the workplace. 

Level 4 (Year 1 for full-time students and Year 1 + 1st semester in Year 2 for part-time students) develops skills to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of well-established theories, concepts and historical origins of theory. To be able to take responsibility for personal and professional development using reflection and feedback to analyse own capabilities and be able to implement actions of improvement.

Level 5 (year 2 for full-time students and Year 2 2nd semester and Year 3 for part-time students) begins the process of being able to work appropriately with a variety of interdisciplinary groups and teams, showing a critical insight in leadership and management skills. Also to be able to consistently employ appropriate pedagogical and andragogical approaches to achieve the best outcomes when working with children, professionals, colleagues, parents and carers.
The course operates on a fixed modular basis.  Most modules count for 15 academic credits although some are double weighted and count for 30 credits.  Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours.  Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, and assessment activity.

Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester.  All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 240 credits for the Foundation Degree as a whole.  Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5; these are Pass, Merit and Distinction awards.

The full-time and part-time course has one start point in September and each year finishes in June.

Entry Requirements:

Programme/Award: FdA Childhood Studies, Care and Education
UCAS code:  
Entry requirements 2017-18:
  • Our typical offer is 48 UCAS tariff points from at least two A levels, or equivalent
  • UCAS tariff points from Scottish Highers or Advanced Highers are accepted
  • UCAS tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • UCAS tariff points from BTEC level 3 Diplomas are accepted
  • International Baccalaureate:  full diploma, achieving at least 24 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: at least nine credits must be achieved at Distinction grades, with all remaining level 3 credits at Merit grades
  • Edexcel/BTEC National:  Distinction/Merit
  • GCSE English and Maths grade 4 and above  and if you are interested in a teaching career will also require Science
Additional requirements:
  • A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service report
  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years and of having studied within the last five years having achieved the required Level 3 qualification in relevant subjects and two years experience working within the sector.
  • A face-to-face interview will be required before an offer is made.
Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience If you have achieved a qualification such as a Foundation Degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at level

Module Information

This module map provides a list of modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.  You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module handbook and in our module guides. The modules available on the course are as follows:

Module Titles


Year 1 Part-time and Full-time   Semester 1 Level 4


Theories of Thinking and Learning  (part-time and full-time)


Documenting Children’s Learning   (part-time and full-time)


Understanding Curriculum Development (full-time only)


Year 1 Semester 2 Level 4


Child Development and the Life Course (part-time and full-time)


Personal Academic Development (part-time and full-time)


Personal, Social and Emotional Development through Positive Interactions   (full-time only)


Year 2 Part-time Semester 1  Level 4


Understanding Curriculum Development


Personal, Social and Emotional Development through Positive Interactions  


Year 2 Part-time Semester 2   Level 5


Supporting SEN within Inclusive Practice


Working  with Parents


Year 2 Full-time and Year 3 Part-time Semester 1 Level 5


Safeguarding Children and Families


Introduction to Research


Year 2 Full-time and Year 3 Part-time Semester 2 Level 5


Curriculum in Practice


Leadership and Management


Year 2 Full-time only Level 5


Supporting SEN within Inclusive Practice


Working with parents



2 Years (Full-time), 3 Years (Part-time)

Mode of Study:

Full-time & Part-time


The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that each module requires.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module.  Each module has its own assignment brief and assessment method, this maybe set as an essay, report, seminar, presentation or academic poster and counts as your mark for that module.
Assessment for this FdA is 100% coursework; your Level 5 grades will determine your final grade.

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework.  Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. 

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in  (formal coursework assessment).

Note:  You must achieve a pass mark of 40 and above in all modules (Level 4 and 5), all Level 4  modules must be passed as a prerequisite, before progression to Level 5 modules.

Teaching and Learning

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, group discussion and research, visiting speakers and practical activities.  In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  At level 4 you typically have around 10 contact hours per week, consisting of Lectures, Support and Guidance.

The modules will be taught over 30 weeks, divided into two semesters each 15 weeks over the year from September to June. Full-time students will attend all day Wednesday and evening for two years, whereas part-time students attend the evening sessions only over three years.

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study.  Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations.  Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including your own designated computer area, with study pods and quiet study and silent study areas. The learning resource centre offers a wide selection of books and, journal magazines, helpful library staff and support in your printing requirements. You have your own HE lounge where you can relax during breaks with facilities provided such as; use of kettle and microwave and bookdrop box to deposit finished library books when the library is closed.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of the timetabled class contact hours as well as around 15 hours independent learning per week, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours.  While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Level 4 and 5:

For 15 Credit Modules

Scheduled teaching, learning and assessment

36 hours

Independent learning

114 hours

For 30 Credit Modules

Scheduled teaching, learning and assessment

72 hours

Independent learning

228 hours

The Learning Resource Centre staff provide:

  • A comprehensive research and information literacy package
  • Support with accessing both online and physical resources for the course modules
  • Advice with finding resources for individual research projects and dissertations
  • Comprehensive reading lists specific to the course
  • Support and guidance with referencing
Our Disability Advice and Support Service helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team includes lecturers and professional practitioners with industry experience alongside guest speakers providing an added layer of expertise and current practice. 

Course Fee (2018/19):

£6,850 per year (Full-time); £4,500 per year (Part-Time) Please see Fees & Funding for further information relating to fees.

Awarding Body:

University of Gloucestershire

How do I apply:

To study full-time, please apply through UCAS (Institute name: YEOV, Institute code: Y25, Course code : 51LK). For the part-time route, please apply direct to the Yeovil College University Centre by calling 01935 845454 or emailing university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk