The London College

Children and Young People

Part Time Course

Award Foundation Degree
Course Title FdA Children and Young People
UCAS Code X310
Award Level 5
Start Dates September 2020
Study Mode Part Time - 3 years
Awarding Body University of Derby
UK Student £4500

The Foundation Degree in Children and Young People has two pathways:

  • Early Years (EY)
  • Teaching Assistant (TA)

This Foundation Degree has been designed for Early Years practitioners who are currently working, paid or voluntary,    in any type of early years setting to study part-time to gain  a nationally recognised qualification building on experience with a focus on extending knowledge and developing practical skills. It is open to Early Years practitioners from a variety of early years educational settings. 

The Foundation Degree builds on your work experience and will involve support from your employer via a mentor. The Foundation Degree is validated by the University of Derby and will be delivered by the College in partnership with the university.


Assessment methods used include:

  • Written assignments, including essays
  • Reports 
  • Oral assessment and presentation  
  • Audits and SWOT analysis

Teaching and Learning

You will study through a mixture of theory and practical work, and reflect on your practice. There are no exams.

The course attendance is usually one evening (5pm – 8pm) per week. In addition to this, students will be expected to attend some tutorials. These are usually arranged on the evening of your study.

As a partner student you will be granted access to the University’s online learning environment ‘University of Derby Online (UDo)’. From within UDo you will be able to access the University’s Library (including an extensive range of eBooks, eJournals, audio and video resources), course resources related to your programme and your grades.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 80 UCAS points (200 as per 2016 tariff) points at A level in appropriate subjects
  • CACHE Diploma in a related subject at grade C or above
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Other relevat Level 3 qualification
  • GCSE English Language and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above or equivalent

Other Requirements:

  • Interview
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - you can apply at the college
  • Applicant must be employed within the sector i.e. early years/teaching assistant/children and young people related careers or have secured two days per week in an appropriate placement linked to their chosen pathway

What you will cover

Year 1

  •   FdA 1 Starting to Study - 4
  •   FdA 2 Equality and Diversity - 4
  •   FdA 3 Early Years Provision and Practice (EYP) or Supporting Teaching and Learning (TA) - 4
  •   FdA 4 Work Based Reflective Practice 1 - 4

Year 2

  •   FdA 5 Integrated Services - 4
  •   FdA 6 Children Playing - 4
  •   FdA 7 Work Based Reflective Practice - 5
  •   FdA 8 Understanding Behaviour - 5

Year 3

  •   FdA 10 Secondary Research - 5
  •   FdA 11 Children's, Young People's and Family Rights - 5
  •   FdA 12 Working with Parents and Carers - 5
  •   FdA 9 Research Methods and Practice - 5

Careers and employability

You can top up to a degree by completing the final stage of  a relevant Bachelor’s degree, such  as:

  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood  Studies
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies
  • BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies

Professional Recognition

The course provides the academic skills to go on to be a proficient Early Years Practitioner or Teaching Assistant or,  but also to be successful in almost any other profession that relates to working with young people and children. You can also continue on to a teacher training  course.

How to Apply

Please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references etc. before starting the application form. You will also need access to your e-mail. New Students landing page

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