Children's Care, Learning and Development - Foundation Degree

Children's Care, Learning and Development - Foundation Degree

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This course is validated by The Open University


This Foundation Degree gives you the opportunity to study in the field of Childcare and Education.

The course aims to give you the opportunity to research a range of subjects which relate to the current childcare and education sector.

Modules have been designed to allow you to explore contemporary issues relevant to the sector, but also to embed your learning in the context of professional practice.

Duration 2 years Full Time or Part Time
Study mode Full Time or Part Time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72224-10
Fee £7,250 Full Time or £3,625 Part Time (per academic year)

What you learn

Over the two years you may study:

Level 4

  • Skills for Academic Development
  • Supportive Learning Environments
  • Supporting Holistic Development
  • Practitioner Skills for the Early Years Educator
  • Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable People
  • Supporting the Unique Child

Level 5:

  • Learning in the Early Years
  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Supporting Language Development
  • Leadership and Management
  • Research Informed Practice
  • Social Policy and Families 

There are 10 guided learning hours a week and the student is expected to devote a significant amount of extra time on personal learning and practical development.

Benefits / Skills you will develop

The course will enable you to develop your professional knowledge and skills and apply it to current practice.

How you will be assessed

A mixture of lectures, tutorials and seminars will be used. The lecture programme will impart the necessary principles and concepts.

The seminars will be a mixture of student and tutor led sessions considering practical examples of the principles and concepts.

The tutorials will take the form of individual support and feedback for students by tutors or other students. Tutor led sessions will be held to provide an opportunity for students to work on examples and case studies in the areas covered by the lectures.

Student-led tutorials will consist of action learning activities, discussion groups and report-back sessions which allow students to develop their research, communication and teamwork skills. All students have an on-going placement which will be a rich source of their learning.

Students will be encouraged to make links from theory to practice and plan for their future development.

Work based practice is an integral part of each module and forms a fundamental part of the teaching strategy.

Students will be encouraged to move from dependent to more independent and autonomous learning from level 4 to level 5 of their study.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area.

Full time students will study two days per week and part-time students will study one afternoon and evening per week.

Programme Specifications

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please see the following link:

Entry requirements

This course has minimum entry requirements of 1 x E in a relevant A level or a pass in BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or another vocational level 3 qualification, together with a GCSE at grade C in English. However, candidates receiving this minimum offer would need to demonstrate experience in and commitment to their chosen Foundation Degree subject.


A typical offer is likely to be 2 x D at A level, or a Merit profile in a relevant BTEC National Diploma/Certificate, together with a number of GCSE grades at C or above including English.


International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages will need to possess an IELTS band score of 6.0 (with no-less than 5.5 in any one element) or a recognised English Level 2 qualification.


Students for part time study are required to hold a relevant level 3 childcare qualification and will need to be working in the childcare and education sector in a suitable placement. Full time students will need approx. 10-12 hours a week, voluntary or paid placement in a suitable setting on-going throughout their study.


All students will be interviewed prior to selection on the course and have opportunity to discuss placement requirements.


APEL/APCL may be possible dependant on qualifications and experience.


Students will also be required to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process. (DBS) prior to commencement on placement.

Additional Costs

As part of this course, you will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and will be expected to pay any fees associated with this. Fees are estimated to be around £60.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is L521 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

If you wish to apply for one of our part-time Higher Education courses, please apply here

What's next

Progression to the BA (Hons) Children's Care, Learning and Development (Top Up) offered by Leeds City College.

Teesside University, Leeds Beckett University and other HEIs also offer opportunities for further study.

Future Progression in the Childcare and Education Sector.

Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite