Young Children’s Learning & Development FD

Designed for those already in practice and seeking to further their career in the field of childcare and education, you will be offered the opportunity to develop your practice with the under sevens, alongside developing your own knowledge, skills and understanding through academic study.

Course Level:
Level 5
2 Years (FT)
3 Years (PT)
Study Time:
Aireville Campus
UCAS Code:
Institution Code:
Validated by:
The Open University

Once the College has finalised its proposals for 2021/22 Tuition Fees more information will be published. Any proposals will be in line with the Consumer Price Index and the College’s Fee Policy. Please note Foundation Degrees are qualifications in their own right and students progressing from a Foundation Degree to a top-up year are subject to a new fee.


The Young Children’s Learning & Development FD is ideal for those already in practice and seeking to further a career in the field of childcare and education. If you are a practitioner qualified at Level 3 with post qualifying experience of working with children this course can offer you the opportunity to develop your practice with young children alongside academic studies. You will be encouraged to consider your qualities, interpersonal skills and areas for personal development which has helped many of our students gain workplace promotions.

The course has two themes: the development, care and education of children from 0-7 and the personal and professional development of practitioners, the key aspects being the understanding of child development and children’s learning. The course integrates academic and work-based learning through close collaboration between employers and programme providers enabling you to develop the skills and knowledge relevant to your employment in early years.

You will gain a valuable network of contacts through College study and you can join The Early Years Forum which has been developed to provide a regional focus for sharing good practice and interpretation of policy changes in a sector that is subject to continual government initiatives.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations and tutorials, which will be supported through group discussion, presentations, individual and group tasks and independent reading and writing. You will undertake work-based and independent directed study requiring reflection on workplace practice.

Alongside the contact hours, you will be expected to undertake 10-12 hours each week (pro-rata for part time study) independent study such as reading journal articles and books, undertaking research and preparing for assessments. Your independent study is supported by the excellent Learning Hub at the Aireville Campus in addition to the College’s Specialist Support Centre. The average class size for this course is 8-10.


The module map provides a list of the modules you will study during the course.
Full-time students will study six x 20 credit modules each year and part-time students will study four x 20 credit modules each year.

Year 1 – Level 4

Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
1 Personal & Professional Development 20 Presentation & Research Inquiry
1 Theories of Children’s Play & Learning 20 Poster Presentation & Essay
1 Introduction to Research Methods 20 Research Proposal as a Presentation & Research Report
Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
2 Promoting Safe Working Practices, Health & Wellbeing 20 Audit & Leaflet
2 The Developing Child 20 Guidance Booklet & Open Book Exam
2 Learning Journeys 20 Portfolio

Year 2 – Level 5

Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
1 Equality, Diversity & Inclusion 20 Report & Presentation
1 Working Collaboratively with Parents, Carers & Professionals 20 Audit
1 Early Years Education & Beyond 20 Report
Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
2 Supporting Young Children’s Language & Communication 20 Essay & Presentation
2 Children’s Rights 20 Essay & Presentation
2 Practitioner Research 20 Research Proposal & Report


Further information on feedback, pass marks and classifications can be found in Regulations for Awards Validated by The Open University.

Entry Requirements

  • 48 UCAS tariff Points (formerly 120 UCAS points)
  • English GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C)
  • 2 references
  • Clear DBS Check

Your choices may include:

  • Early Years Teacher
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Nursery Room Leader and Management
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Family Outreach Support Worker



Your choices may include:

  • Young Children’s Learning & Development BA (Hons) Top-up
  • Early Years Teacher Qualification
  • Primary School Teaching Qualification PGCE, QTS (Primary)

Students wishing to progress to teaching qualifications should check the entry requirements including GCSE English, Maths & Science.

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