Loughborough College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Derby

Children & Young People

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Course summary

Our Foundation Degree programme aims to equip you with the tools to become a successful practitioner by emphasising the importance of critical reflection and work-based experience. Studied part-time over three years, the Foundation Degree aims to give you a firm grounding in children's and young people's services. For the duration of the course, students must be working for a least 16 hours per week within the sector, this can be paid or voluntary. The Foundation Degree in Children & Young People fall into two pathways:

  • Early Years Pathway ( Part Time)
The Early year's Pathway is a three-year course aimed at individuals who have a keen interest in early years education and who have at least one year of experience working with children aged 0-8 years. This course is ideal for practitioners wanting to study a Higher Education course whilst actively working in the industry.
  • Teaching Assistant Pathway (Part Time )
This course is designed for experienced teaching assistants who want to develop their professional knowledge and understanding through a combination of theoretical and practical study. Whichever pathway you choose, this programme will develop you as a confident, knowledgeable and effective practitioner. your academic study will be reflected in your practical work, and your working environment will be used for projects, activities and research. With an emphasis on employability and transferred skills, everything that you learn in college will be relevant to your everyday practice, and you will need to identify a work-based mentor who can support and advise you. Features and Benefits
  • Study a course that provides you with the essential skills and experience to enhance your employability or prepare you for further study.
  • Study in a supportive environment, with a range of services at your fingertips to help you reach your full potential.
  • Be a full member of Loughborough Students Union- consistently voted No.1 for student experience.
Progression Opportunities Graduates of this course with suitable grade profiles are automatically considered for progression onto our final year BA (Hons) Education Studies degree. Other students have completed degrees at university or furthered their careers in the early years and primary sectors.


Year 1 modules: Starting to Study, Early years provision and practice or Supporting Teaching and Learning, Work Based Reflective Practice (1) & Equality and Diveristy Year 2 modules: Integrated Services, Children and Young People Communicating, understanding Behavior & work Based Reflective Practice (2) Year 3 modules: Working with Parents and Carers, Research Methods and Practice, Children's Young People and Families Rights & Secondary Research.

Assessment method

The programme uses a variety of assessment techniques to ensure that you can demonstrate the range of learning outcomes. Subject knowledge and understanding is assessed through examinations, coursework essays, coursework reports, individual or group presentations, written evaluations, debates and posters will be used as other forms of assessment. These also assess a range of transferable skills, including confidence in academic written communication

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A relevant Level 3 (or equivalent) qualification At least one year of experience working within the sector (the placement element of some relevant Level 3 qualifications does qualify) For the duration of the course students must be working for at least 16 hours per week within the sector (this can be paid or voluntary) We welcome applications from mature students over the age of 21 and may be flexible in our normal offer if you show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience of working within the industry.

Additional entry requirements


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4500 Year 1
Scotland £4500 Year 1
Wales £4500 Year 1
Channel Islands £4500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £4500 Year 1

Additional fee information

The cost of some activities are not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. A summary of the costs that you may be expected to pay, and what is included in your fees can be found on our website
Children & Young People at Loughborough College - UCAS