Children and Young People - FdA [Full-Time]

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Childcare

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  L590


The Foundation Degree Children and Young People Programme is a vocational programme that includes work related placement opportunities to promote higher level skills and knowledge needed to work in the children and young people sector.

This foundation degree offers two distinct pathways, one designed for those who wish to work exclusively in early years, the other for those who wish to gain broad based knowledge and understanding of working in the children and young people sector generally.

Tutors combine excellent teaching with extensive links to industry, providing you with opportunities to increase your employment prospects.
The programme is delivered in the recently refurbished Parsons Building which contains dedicated IT suites and study areas as well as ‘real world environments.’

"92% of students agree the timetable works efficiently for them" - 2018 National Student Survey

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready Guarantee

All full time students are required to undertake a mandatory work placement for a minimum of 100 hours each year of study, relevant to their intended employment preference. This will provide the opportunity to experience the real working environment within their chosen setting. Previous students have undertaken placements with schools, day nurseries, disability teams and drug and alcohol organisations. The placement element can include relevant paid employment.

The work placement is an essential integral element in achieving the qualification. It is the opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and understanding which are important to progression beyond the Foundation Degree.

Students will be offered the opportunity to take a First Aid qualification which is now a mandatory requirement for all practitioners within the Early Years sector. Those students pursuing a career in Early Years will undertake a paediatric first aid course and those wishing to work with children and young people in the older age ranges will undertake a general first aid qualification.

Who the course is for

This course is for those students wishing to develop advanced skills in working with children and young people.

Qualification Gained

NCG Foundation Degree Children and Young People.

How to Apply


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email

Course Content

Year 1

Personal Development
This module will provide a structured and supported process which will enable you to develop reflective skills based upon your own learning and achievement, and to plan realistically for your own personal education and career development and to support you in developing personal skills and increased self-awareness.

Academic Study Skills
This module will develop you to develop academic skills which will enable you to meet the requirements of study at HE in a variety of contexts and to develop the specialist study skills relevant to your course of study and professional aspirations. You will be required to carry out a diagnostic assessment at the start of the module and then work independently through a series of e-learning packages.

Child Development: Early Years
This module will examine children’s development and learning, providing a solid understanding of the theory and developmental milestones from birth to eight years.

Child Development 8+
This module explores children and young people’s development between eight to eighteen years; examining a range of issues which may influence children’s learning and development from a biological, environmental and cultural perspective.

Equality and Diversity in Practice
This module will examine individual prejudices and biases and explore the judgements we as humans make about one another and about groups within society. The underpinning theories relating to discriminatory behaviours will be studied as will the practices applied within work settings to ensure that all children and young people have access to the same opportunities and are fully included.

The Curriculum Early Years
You will develop knowledge and understanding of the national curriculum covering specific age ranges from birth to seven years. You will apply practical skills essential to work based practice and have the opportunity to observe children using a range of methods and to plan for their future development based upon these child observation records.

Work Related Learning
This module will provide an opportunity for you to understand and reflect on practices and issues within your vocational area, identifying the knowledge and skills required to carry out work related projects and recognise areas of strength and weakness that will enable them to prepare an action plan for further development to support their career aspirations.

Year 2

Professional Development
The aim of this module is to provide a structured and supported process for you to review your employability and transferable skills and further options to study against the professional requirements for your chosen sector or industry. The focus of the module is ‘progression’ enabling you to research and plan your future course of study and / or career options.

Work Based Learning
The aim of this module is to develop the skills, knowledge and professionalism needed through your vocational experience. An appropriate sector related project will be identified in discussion with the placement Mentor and you will be expected to propose, plan, organise and follow the project through to completion by applying strategies learnt in class and within the work setting. The focus will be on vocationally related practice and the module will help to develop research and organisational skills.

This module aims to examine and explore safeguarding legislation and procedures and their impact on children and families with reference to relevant literature, research and legislation. There will be an opportunity to share and enhance knowledge of safeguarding measures and evaluate current provision for children who are at risk from harm.

Working with Parents and Families
In this module you will consider the importance of engaging and working with children, young people and their families. The module will explore the diverse nature of parenting and the impact upon children, young people and work based practice. The ever changing demographic trends and their effects upon work based practice will be discussed in the light of innovative strategies used to engage and maintain working partnerships with parents.

Atypical Development
This module covers the different conditions and experiences that place children’s learning and development at risk. You will explore a range of topics pertaining to atypical development, reflecting on the impact of variables, such as biological influences, the environment, family and culture.

The Curriculum 7 years +
In this module you will develop knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum covering specific age ranges from 7 years to 18 years. The philosophical and historical influences upon the involvement of the National Curriculum will be explored. You will be required to undertake a comparative study looking at the National Curriculum in England with a chosen curriculum elsewhere. The ethos and impact of our current curriculum will be examined critically and compared with alternative curriculum.

Recognition of Prior Learning
This module aims to introduce you to the key concepts and models to enable you to evaluate and interpret the learning, knowledge and skills gained from prior experiences roles and qualifications and may be used to support a successful RPL claim.

Learning Methods

You’ll learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work, reflective accounts and research. You’ll be expected to devote approximately 12 hours per week to independent study. You’ll be assessed through research projects, presentations, examinations and assignments such as a personal development portfolio collated using examples from your work placements.

In addition to work placement you may also participate in simulated activities within our specialist childcare classrooms that are designed to replicate real working environments

Assessment Methods

  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Practical activities
  • Simulated exercises
  • Examinations
  • Portfolio

Progression Opportunities

You may decide to progress from this programme to our BA (Hons) Children and Young Persons (Top-Up) or our BA (Hons) Health and Social Care (Top-Up).

Career Opportunities

Previous graduates have secured employment with Barnardos, YMCA, NSPCC, Streetwise, NHS and within Social Services in roles such as nursery nurses, advisors and family support workers. A number of students have also progressed into roles as teaching assistants within primary and secondary education as well as positions within voluntary, statutory and private services for children and young people.

Entry Requirements

**GCSE grade ‘C or above in Maths and English’ 

• Level 3 qualifications (such as Access to HE Diploma, BTEC L3 Cache L3 ‘A’ Levels to value of 64 UCAS tariff points (New Tariff 2017).

• Enhanced clear DBS – Disclosure Barring Service*.

• Experience in the vocational area of children and young people

• If English is not the students first language they will need an IELTS score of 5.5 or above

**Grade C or higher in English Language & Mathematics are mandatory to achieve employment in the Early Years (0-5) sector.

You will be required to submit two suitable references, complete a satisfactory interview which may include completing initial diagnostic assessment in literacy and numeracy.

*As part of the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) disclosure check, all courses which include a work placement require you to submit several documents at interview for example a passport, birth certificate or driving license.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.