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FdA Children’s Learning and Development Distance Learning

This is a Distance Learning programme, and there will be no requirement to attend any of our campuses to complete your learning. However, please note that for the purposes of registration, all students will be registered at our University Campus Doncaster (UCDon)

This distance learning programme is designed for professionals already working, volunteering, or leading in areas within the children`s workforce.

The FdA Children’s Learning and Development is for students from different professional backgrounds such as: childminders; early years practitioners; support assistants working in either a mainstream or special school; teaching assistants; managers or advisors working in the early years sector with a focus on services for children aged 0 to 8 years and their families. Their employment could be in a diverse range of sectors, which may include supporting families in the community, working in family centres, or supporting children in schools.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 5

  • Delivery


    Distance / Online

  • Duration

    2 Years

  • UCAS Code


  • Awarding Body

    University of Hull

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The aim of this online 2-year full time, or 4-year part time programme is to provide a balance of intellectual and practical skills. These students are integral to the on-going development of the early years’ workforce, nationally, regionally, and locally. Students will actively engage in research and enquiry, gaining a critical understanding of the processes within the development of services, enabling them to gain insight and understanding relating to how babies, toddlers and young children develop and how this can be supported.
Graduates of the Foundation Degree Children’s Learning and Development are advocates for babies, toddlers and young children and champion their rights.

A central aspect of the programme is that students will gain the opportunity to examine various ways in which children and childhood may be understood and conceptualised through their understanding of the philosophies, beliefs, and attitudes that champion children’s rights. They will also consider the challenges and intricacies of multi-agency and multi-professional practices and reflect on this within their own professional context.

Course Structure

Level 4
Child Development [20 credits]
Play [20 credits]
Observation and Assessment [20 credits]
Planning Effective learning Environments [20 credits]
Celebrating Difference [20 credits]
Reflective Practice [20 credits]

Level 5
Children, Families and Communities [20 credits]
Safeguarding [20 credits]
Creative Critical Thinkers [20 credits]
Leading and Supporting in Professional Practice [20 credits]
Mathematics in Early Childhood [20 credits]
Research [20 credits]

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time
Additionally, the programme will require approximately 8-12 hours a week of private study to access study materials and engage with wider reading and research.

This vocational award is a work-based course, where you’ll build upon your experience through modules in areas such as child development, safeguarding, creativity and critical thinking, and working in partnership with parents.
The course is delivered entirely online. Each module consists of reading materials and links to relevant and current policies, as well as audio and video materials which are used to enhance learning. You have access to the module tutor via online tutorials. On this course you will be encouraged to become an active enquirer and participant in your own learning.


Progress and achievement are assessed using a variety of methods, such as essays, case studies, ePortfolios, poster and oral presentations, research, and leaflet designs.

Applicants would usually require a Level 3 qualification in a work-related area and at least 2 years’ experience of working within the Children’s Workforce, for example, in a registered early year setting or in a school as a Teaching Assistant

Additional Requirements
A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate is required
•A current satisfactory DBS Enhanced Certificate
•Practitioners are required to either be in paid employment or undertaking a voluntary placement for a minimum of 2 days per week. It will underpin practitioners’ experiences in the workplace through studying a suite of modules that will enhance and support career progression.

GCSE Requirements
Grade 4/C in GCSE English and mathematics is desirable but not essential. If you do not have these qualifications, you will still be accepted onto the programme but would need to realise that future employment might require this.

English language requirements:
IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As part of this programme of study you will be required to have a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will be required to pay the cost of this. A DBS must be in place before you start your placement. You may be able to supply an existing DBS but this must be within 3 years of issue.

This course enables you to build on your experience as an early year’s practitioner and develop new strategies for supporting children and working alongside colleagues and parents.
There is also an opportunity to progress to a year-long distance learning ‘top up’ course to turn your Foundation Degree into a BA (Hons). This will give you further opportunities for further professional development, for example, going onto Teacher Training programmes.

Financial Support

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.

We also have a range of other financial support available.

Course Fees



Additional Costs

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment.)

There may be some extra costs that you might need to make or choose to pay for example:

– Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies
– Printing and photocopying)
– Trips and enhancement opportunities

  • A DBS check will be required, which you must pay for.


Apply or enquire about this course

To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via the telephone number below.

  • Course code: X2D1
  • Institution code: N64
  • Campus name: University Campus North Lincolnshire (UCNL)
  • Campus code: N

Apply on the UCAS website Make an enquiry Call 01724 294125