Children and Young People - FdA [Part-Time]

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

Subject Area Childcare

Attendance Part-Time

UCAS Code  L590


This course is ideally suited to those who wish to work with children and young people and will prepare you for employment within early years, play work, or as a teaching assistant. The course has been developed with input from professionals working within the vocational sector to ensure that it is industry relevant.

Optional pathway:
FdA Children and Young People (Early Years Educator)*

This pathway is aimed at those whose area of interest lies within the early years sector and offers a full and relevant childcare qualification enabling you to be counted in qualified staff ratios in early years settings.

"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

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

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

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 House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.



Call our friendly team of advisers on 0191 200 4000 and they will talk you through your application.

Course Content

Year one:
Academic Study Skills
Child Development: Early Years
Child Development 8+
Equality and Diversity in Practice
Personal Development or Recognition of Prior Learning
The Curriculum Early Years
Work Related Learning

Year two:
Atypical Development
Professional Development
The Curriculum 7 years+
Work-Based Learning
Working with Parents and Families

Learning Methods

You will learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work, reflective accounts and research. You will be expected to devote approximately 12 hours per week to independent study.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through research projects, presentations, examinations and assignments such as a personal development portfolio collated using examples from your work placement. You may also participate in simulated activities within our specialist childcare classrooms that are designed to replicate real working environments.

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, the 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, 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.