University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Children's Care, Learning and Development

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Course summary

TEF Bronze

University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.

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This Foundation Degree gives you the opportunity to study in the field of Childcare and Education. The course aims to give you the opportunity to research a range of subjects which relate to the current childcare and education sector. Modules have been designed to allow you to explore contemporary issues relevant to the sector, but also to embed your learning in the context of professional practice.

Course details


Over the two years you may study: Level 4 Skills for Academic Development Supportive Learning Environments Supporting Holistic Development Practitioner Skills for the Early Years Educator Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable People Supporting the Unique Child Level 5: Learning in the Early Years Developing Professional Practice Supporting Language Development Leadership and Management Research Informed Practice Social Policy and Families

Assessment method

A mixture of lectures, tutorials and seminars will be used. The lecture programme will impart the necessary principles and concepts. The seminars will be a mixture of student and tutor led sessions considering practical examples of the principles and concepts. The tutorials will take the form of individual support and feedback for students by tutors or other students. Tutor led sessions will be held to provide an opportunity for students to work on examples and case studies in the areas covered by the lectures. Student-led tutorials will consist of action learning activities, discussion groups and report-back sessions which allow students to develop their research, communication and teamwork skills. All students have an on-going placement which will be a rich source of their learning. Students will be encouraged to make links from theory to practice and plan for their future development. Work based practice is an integral part of each module and forms a fundamental part of the teaching strategy. Students will be encouraged to move from dependent to more independent and autonomous learning from level 4 to level 5 of their study.

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
A level DD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma M: 24 credits A typical offer would be based on students achieving their Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits, 24 of which are to be at Merit.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM

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.
Children's Care, Learning and Development at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS