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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 3

Weeks: 28

Hours: 3.00

Start: 13/09/2021

Days / Times: Tuesday 16:30 to 19:30

Tuition (£): 4334.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The demand for highly-qualified practitioners to work with children, young people and their families is rapidly increasing.  Developed with employers in the sector and delivered in partnership with the University of Derby, this Foundation Degree in Children and Young People 0-25 will equip you with the skills to meet this demand.

Your academic study will be directly related to your working environment, with projects, activities and research designed to enable you to reflect upon and develop your current everyday practice.

Whether you choose to study on the Early Years, Teaching Assistant or Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Pathway, this course will enable you to become a confident, knowledgeable and effective practitioner.

The course is delivered over 24 weeks commencing in September each academic year. Lectures are three hours in duration and delivered by highly qualified staff who have excellent academic and practical backgrounds and experience in Children’s and Young People’s Services.

You will be expected to undertake independent study for at least an additional 100% of contact time. An important part of the course is the ability to become a reflective practitioner, a skill which will be developed throughout the duration of your studies.

This three-year course will run with a minimum of ten students and takes place at the Derby College Roundhouse Campus.

The course is regulated by the OfS and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.

All students have access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages.

The programme will run with a minimum of ten students.  In 2020-21 we enrolled ten students on this programme

Entry requirements

All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. 

As an applicant, you should:

  • Be working directly with children or young people aged 0-25 years in a voluntary or paid capacity for at least two days per week 
  • Have achieved a full Level 3 qualification

You will also need:

  • GCSE English at grade 9-4 or A*-C

A certificate for each of these qualifications will be required at your interview and can be sent via email too. If you have not completed your qualification or need to apply for a copy of a certificate, approval from the University of Derby will be provisional until a copy of each certificate is provided.

You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.

All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby. 

Course Content

The course is made up of three pathways so you can specialise in an area that is relevant to your everyday work.

You will study the core modules and pathway modules, with option modules related to your chosen pathway:

Pathway Modules:

  • Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • Early Years Provision and Practice
  • Understanding Behaviour
  • Introduction to SEND
  • Supporting Learners with SEND

Core Modules:

  • Higher Education Study Skills
  • Work-based Reflective Practice
  • Ethical Practice, Attitudes and Values
  • Integrated Services
  • International Perspectives
  • Research Methods and Practice
  • Secondary Research
  • Children’s and Young People’s Family Rights

Optional Modules:

  • Children and Young People Communicating
  • Working with Parents and Carers

How will I be assessed?

You will learn through reflective tasks, work-based activities, presentations, tutorials and the use of online resources. There are no exams so you will be assessed using your work-based activities, creative presentations and essays.

Everything you study will be relevant to your everyday work. You will also have the support of a 'critical friend' as well as the tutors and academic support staff at College.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


Please note that published course fees are per year.

What can I do after this course?

The Foundation Degree in Children and Young People provides the perfect progression platform for further study on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, BA (Hons) Education Studies, BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies or the BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability at the University of Derby, depending on the pathway studied.  It will also enhance your career prospects within your chosen profession. 

This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.


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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Harli-Marie Richards

Harli-Marie Richards

Exploring the rewards of a childcare career

Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus. Before embarking on her apprenticeship,
Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.

It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.


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