Part Time

Subject Area


Course Length

2 Years




Higher Education


Foundation Degree

Course Level


Award to be received

Foundation degree (FdA) Education and Care

Regulatory Body

University of Sunderland

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Who is this course for?

This programme is run in partnership with the University of Sunderland, the qualification you will receive is awarded by the University of Sunderland.

This Foundation Degree provides a professional development opportunity for those working with young people in nurseries, primary schools, youth centres or similar settings. The part-time format of the course allows you to fit it alongside a job within education and care.

This course is for people who work in childcare and education who want to enhance their skills and career prospects and continue with their studies whilst still in work.

What do you need to apply for the course?

Appropriate BTEC or CACHE Diploma in Education and Childcare, or an NVQ Level 3 equivalent.

Additionally, students must have three passes at GCSE Grade C or above which must include English Language, Mathematics and Science may also be necessary if students wish to follow a career path into teaching, therefore potential students may need to study an additional subject or additional testing during the FdA two year programme.

Advice can be given on this matter from Assistant Programme Leaders based across the university/college partnership. All students must also hold a current enhanced DBS check.

All Students must have either a two year or five year post qualifying experience and be working at least 20 hours per week in a voluntary or paid capacity.

What are the key things you'll learn?

The course covers key areas including:

  • The curriculum
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Creativity and thinking skills
  • Childhood transitions
  • Safeguarding children
  • Social policy and child well-being
  • The use of ICT within the curriculum

How you will learn

The course mixes academic rigor with practical skills that you can apply directly to your workplace. There is also a strong emphasis on personal development.

Modules on this course include:

Year 1

  • Study and Self
  • Thinking Skills, Creativity and Problem Solving
  • Human Development, Transitions and Change
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Understanding the Curriculum
  • The Social Context of Childhood

Final Year

  • Social Policy and Children’s Well-Being
  • Professional Practice in Safeguarding of
  • Children and Young People
  • Working Relationships
  • Learning Technologies
  • Project Design and Development
  • Project

For full programme details please see University of Sunderland programme by clicking here.

Where could this course take you?

Through the course you will enhance your professional standing in the workplace and become a more valuable

employee. It could also help open doors to new opportunities.

If you would like to continue your studies after completing the course, you can ‘top-up’ your course to a full BA at the University of Sunderland taking either the Education and Curriculum Studies (Top-Up) Work

based BA (Hons) 1year route or the Education and

Curriculum Studies (2 Year Top-Up) route.

What costs will you incur?

Tuition fees – £4,500 per year

Other course costs:

DBS clearance is compulsory and the current fee is £44.

Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three instalments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.

Purchasing of course texts is optional. You will have full free access to Sunderland College Learning Centre books, journals and internet and computer use and The Murray Library at University of Sunderland.

You will be expected to provide your own pens, paper and folders.