As an FD Young Children’s Learning and Development student at York College, you will be joining a programme with an established reputation for producing graduates who enjoy challenging careers in the early years services. You will study a variety of modules as part of the course including Personal and Professional Development, Play-based Learning, Legal and Professional Responsibilities, Advanced Child Development, Working with Families, Work-related Learning, Leadership and Management, Promoting children’s rights and Supporting children’s learning. You will be joining a programme with an established reputation for producing graduates who enjoy challenging careers in the early years services. Tutors on the Foundation Degree in Young Children’s Learning and Development will work with you, to ensure that you are able to develop the skills and competencies you need to progress in your career. This bespoke support ensures that our graduates achieve the highest possible standards in both their academic achievement and professional lives.
The FdA is awarded on completion of 120 credits at level 4, completed across seven modules. There is a requirement for the student to be employed in the children’s workforce or to undertake a work placement to be able to complete some of the module assessments. Ideally, you will already be working professionally with children and the format of the programme, normally taught on one afternoon and evening each week, will enable you to balance your work and studies. If you are not currently employed in working with children, voluntary work placements can be arranged. Your work will be continually assessed through a number of methods such as assignments, essays and work based research.
On successful completion of the foundation degree, it may lead to employment in the early years services, managers or practitioners in early years settings or work with the Early Years Development and Childcare Partnerships. You may wish to progress to the BA (Hons) Educational Leadership Children’s Workforce at York College or progress on to BA (Hons) Playwork or Education Studies at other local universities. Other progression routes are available in Childhood Studies and Early Years teaching degrees with Qualified Teacher Status.