UoS Fd Degree in Education & Care (part time)


Validated by the University of Sunderland, this Foundation Degree in Education and Care runs over two years and 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.

The course mixes academic rigour with practical skills that you can apply directly to your workplace. Modules include `The Social Context of Childhood, `Professional Practice in Safeguarding of Children and Young People’ and `Social Policy and Children’s Well-Being’.

There is also a strong emphasis on personal development with specific modules on ‘Study and Self’ and ‘Thinking Skills, Creativity and Problem Solving’.

In the final year you will design and carry out a project on a topic of personal interest that can be related to your day-to-day employment.

Course requirements

Usually, we require one of the following qualifications in a relevant subject area:
BTEC Level 3
NVQ Level 3
CACHE Diploma in Education and Childcare

In addition, we also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.
You should have at least two years relevant work experience and be employed in a role related to the education and care of young people.

Additional requirements

Applicants are required to hold a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Satisfactory Enhanced DBS checks must have an issue date that is within the last 3 years at the point of enrolment.

What will I do?

Year 1 (Higher Education Certificate Level 1) (national level 4)

  • 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 (Foundation Degree) (national level 5)

  • 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

Periodic reviews by the University if Sunderland mean modules may be subject to change.

The programme is run over three terms and two modules will be delivered concurrently each term (eg. Tuesdays session will be Human Development, Transitions and Change and Thursdays session will be Study and Self).

Teaching and assessment:

Foundation Degrees combine academic study with work-based learning. Teaching methods include practical sessions, lectures, discussions, case studies and workshops. We also encourage you to develop independent study skills.

Assessment methods include evaluation of work experience, reports and presentations.

What will it give me?

On completion of the course you will receive a Foundation Degree in Education and Care.

The course will help you move forward in a career in the education and care of young people. It can enhance your understanding and skills in a range of settings including early years, co-located services and Special Educational Needs, as well as in teaching assistant or support roles.

What can I do when I finish?

If you would like to continue your studies after completing the course, you can `top-up your course with one more year of study. For example you could move on to the Education and Curriculum Studies at the University of Sunderland.

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