Children and Young People - FdA (Part Time)

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

Subject Area Childcare

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Part-Time


Children and Young People is a programme with children and young people at its centre, which has, and is developing, its own evidence and research base and is underpinned by several other subject areas. It is a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and global area of study that draws on subjects such as education studies, health studies, social work and social policy, psychology, and sociology.
Academic subject knowledge encompasses both critical awareness and understanding of issues, theories and research related to children and young people. You will examine the various ways in which children and childhood may be understood and conceptualised.
The linking of theory and practice (praxis) is integral throughout the Foundation Degree. In addition, we encourage professional development and offer the opportunity for you to meet the requirements of particular statutory or regulatory bodies, through the structure and content of the programme.

Students will be offered the opportunity to take a paediatric First Aid qualification which is now a mandatory requirement for all practitioners within the Early Years sector.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is for those students wishing to develop advanced skills in working with children and young people.
The Early Years Educator option on this Foundation degree is for those wishing to work with children aged 0-5years and who do not already hold a level 3 ‘full and relevant’ childcare qualification.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will gain a FdA Children and Young People (Early Years Educator)

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

Year 1

PRD100 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.

ACS100 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

RPL100 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.

WRL100 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.

CYP 101 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.

CYP 102 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..

CYP 103 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.

CYP 104 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

Year 2

PD200 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.

WBL200 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.

CYP 201 Safeguarding
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.

CYP 202 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

CYP 203 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.

CYP 204 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 evolvement of the National Curriculum will be explored. You will 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 curricula.


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

Will be assessed through a range of methods, including, poster, presentations, essays, portfolios.

Progression Opportunities

Some FdA graduates choose to continue their education following their graduation and this course provides an ideal platform for further study onto a relevant BA (hons) 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 64UCAS 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, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs


Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.