University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Children and Young People's Care and Education (Top Up)

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Course summary

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The BA (Hons) Children and Young People’s Care and Education is a top up for those who have completed a relevant Foundation Degree or HND who wish to study further to achieve a full degree qualification. It is designed for professionals working with children and young people (0-25yrs) in a variety of settings, for example schools, academies, children’s centres, nurseries, SILC’s. Professionals working in the sector need to be able to demonstrate a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of key concepts and principles relevant to the current and emerging workforce. The modules are designed to enable students to personalise their learning in relation to their specialisms in the workplace. The course has been written with employability at the heart of its design enabling students to relate theory to practice in a meaningful way through debates, discussions, presentations as well as written work. We aim to produce capable and well-rounded graduates who will contribute to the local economy and region.

Course details


Modules may include: Research Methods Purposeful Play Family in a Contemporary Context Contemporary Discourse Dissertation

Assessment method

The assessment process is an essential element of the programme design. Methods are varied to support and enhance the module design and structure. Some modules are linked to allow application of theory to practice to be assessed. The tasks and assessment criteria are clearly explained to the students in the module handbooks. Tutors explain these outcomes and methods to the students for clarity. Formative feedback is integral to the teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the course. Students will take part in discussions, seminars and peer review and evaluations on an on-going basis. They are encouraged to share good practice from their work experience with their peers in group work, discussions and seminars. Assessment methods used include- Case studies, Work based projects, Essays, Reports, Presentations, Critical reflection and a Dissertation.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Leeds City College and it's various centres welcome students from across the EU and international students who are already residing in the UK. The College is not currently recruiting students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) whose immigration permission is for education only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted

This course has minimum entry requirements of Foundation Degree in a relevant subject e.g. FdA CCLD, FdA Playwork or similar, with an average grade of 55%, together with a GCSE at grade C in English. Students for part time study will need to be working in the sector and full time students will need approx. 12 hours placement on-going throughout their study. Students wishing to continue into teacher training will need GCSE grade C in Maths and Science also. In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity within the subject area. The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages will need to possess an IELTS band score of 6.0 (with no-less than 5.5 in any one element) or a recognised English Level 2 qualification. Students will also be required to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process (DBS) prior to commencement on placement. All applicants will be interviewed to assess their suitability for this programme of study and may be asked to provide evidence to support their application.

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £3975 Year 1
England £3975 Year 1
Northern Ireland £3975 Year 1
Scotland £3975 Year 1
Wales £3975 Year 1
Channel Islands £3975 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year. As part of this course, you will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and will be expected to pay any fees associated with this. Fees are to be confirmed. Please note that the fees for those starting an 18 month part time Top Up course in the academic year of 2020-21 will be charged at £3975 in the first year and £1988 in the second year of their studies.
Children and Young People's Care and Education (Top Up) at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS