Newcastle College University Centre

Children and Young People Newcastle College University Centre Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Newcastle College Group


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This course is ideally suited to those who wish to work with children and young people and prepares 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 year’s sector and offers a full and relevant childcare qualification enabling you to be counted in qualified staff ratios in early years’ settings. You will undertake a work placement as part of our work-ready guarantee. You will also be offered the opportunity to study a First Aid qualification which is now a mandatory requirement for all practitioners within the Early Years sector. If you wish to pursue a career in Early Years you will undertake a paediatric first aid course. If you are looking to work with children and young people in the older age ranges, then you will undertake a general First Aid qualification. You will undertake a work placement for a minimum of 100 hours in each year of study, relevant to your intended employment preference. This will provide you with the opportunity to experience the real-working environment within your chosen setting. Previous students have undertaken placements with schools, day nurseries, disability teams and drug and alcohol organisations. Some work placements can include relevant paid employment. 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. You may wish to pursue further study and progress onto to our BA (Hons) Children and Young People (Top-Up) degree or our BA (Hons) Health and Social Care (Top-Up) degree.

Course details


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, Safeguarding, The Curriculum 7 years+, Work-Based Learning, Working with Parents and Families

Assessment method

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. 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.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code L590
Institution code N23
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
A level CC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma Please e-mail
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C(4) in GCSE Mathematics and English Language. Those wishing to undertake the Early Years Educator Pathway must hold grade C(4) in GCSE English Language and Mathematics or a minimum of a Level 2 in Functional Skills.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM
Scottish Advanced Higher CC

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

A satisfactory DBS clearance will be required to undertake this
course and must be obtained within the first month of joining
the course.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,000 * Year 1
England £9,000 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 * Year 1
Scotland £9,000 * Year 1
Wales £9,000 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Newcastle College University Centre
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

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