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Young Children’s Learning & Development

Childhood Studies

Key Facts

Level 5
Wakefield City Campus, ASIC Building
Start Date:
September, 2021
2 years or 3 years
Mode of Study:
Full-time and Part-time
Awarding Body:
How to Apply:

You can apply directly to us for a part-time course, please download our Higher Education Application Form, complete the application form and return it to:-

Higher Education Office,
Wakefield College,
Margaret Street,
Wakefield WF1 2DH

Or you can email it to


This course enables those already working, or wanting to work with children and young people aged 0-19, to further develop their skills and knowledge. Study a course that's been developed with employers in the sector, so you know it's relevant and up-to-date.



This course combines study and practical work experience to equip you with a combination of technical abilities, academic knowledge, and transferable skills that are highly desirable to employers. You’ll undertake a placement where you will be able to put your learning in the classroom into practice and boost your employability.

Many practitioners will already have a range of rich and varied experiences of working with children and families. This course will help you become more aware of developmental approaches to learning and to reflect on your own practice, which will extend your professional competence and effectiveness in supporting the well-being of children.

This course is seen by the Government as making a significant contribution to the ladder of lifelong learning providing opportunities for students to progress to further professional qualifications such as our  BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Top-up.

Course Features
  • Huge investment in our new Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre
  • Brand new facilities

Course Structure



You will study a range of theoretical and work-related components which will enhance your understanding of working with children in early years and primary education. You will have the opportunity to choose a topic for a research project which will contribute to your knowledge of a specific area. You will also have the opportunity to choose an optional module (subject to student numbers) based on your future career goals.

Level 4 modules:
• Child development theory and practice
• Safeguarding children
• Employability
• Study Skills
• Understanding children’s behaviour
• Holistic development in early childhood



Level 5 Modules
• Play-based learning
• Children and society
• Primary Education Policy and Practice
• Research Project in Young Children's Learning and Development
• Health Issues in Childcare

Optional Modules (minimum of 10 students required)
• Current Issues
• Leadership and Management in the Early Years



Entry Requirements



A Level 3 Diploma in Early Years or A Levels. Non-traditional entry requirements Applicants with other qualifications may be considered, depending on experience or Applicants for the full-time route who have A Levels or Level 3 qualifications unrelated to the early years and education sector will be considered *Applicants may be required to undertake a short written piece in order to assess writing skills.

All applicants must have a GCSE grade A*–C in English Language *Applicants wishing to APL will also be considered. You will have to provide a portfolio of evidence detailing prior knowledge and achievements.


Points Required

If you’re applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Fees & Funding



Full-time £6950.00 per year, Part-time (3 years)  £4633.00 per year . 


Course Costs Included in the fees




Course Costs Not Included in the Fees



A DBS Enhanced Disclosure is a compulsory requirement of any offer to study on courses which require you to work with children and/or vulnerable adults. Approximate cost £45.00

The everyday costs of studying at University Centre at Wakefield College that apply to all students include:

  • Travel: costs associated with travelling to and from campus. This could be bus or train fares, costs associated with running a car including car parking charges.
  • Consumables: folders, pads, pens.
  • Printing/photocopying: most written assignments are submitted via Turnitin but there are occasions where you may be required to submit work in a printed format e.g. dissertation. There are on campus printing/photocopy facilities across college and binding and additional services in the college library.
  • Subsistence: the campus has food outlets where students can purchase meals, drinks and snacks. Water dispensers are available around the campus for students to refill reusable bottles at no cost.
Bursaries and scholarships



For more information visit our Higher Education funding page.

Other Financial Support



For more information visit our Higher Education funding page.




A degree in early childhood studies is an excellent foundation for a career working with children and young people in many sectors, including health, education and social care

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don’t restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.


Successful completion will provide the opportunity to further your studies with a direct route to the BA (Hons) Early Years Top Up degree at Wakefield University Centre. Past students have also progressed to Primary Teaching Top Up degrees with QTS or PGCE, Youth and Community Top Up degrees and Business and Management Top-up degrees.



The locality of the College and flexibility of the Foundation Degree were all factors in choosing Wakefield, as I have my own Child Minding business that I run from home. I found the tutors very supportive, encouraging and approachable, which is great after being out of education for so long.  I also had great experiences, not only in learning a lot from the course but also in networking with the students and swapping ideas. 

My advice to anyone who wants to get back into learning, or who may be interested in the course, would be just to go for it.  You will have plenty of support from your tutors - so go on and sign up for the course!

Bev Flockton
FdA Young Children’s Learning & Development