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Validated by York St John University

If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. Institution code Y70.

If you wish to study part-time follow the 'apply' link at the top of this page and fill out a York College application form.

Click here to view York College’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and an explanation on how fee income will be used to support students.


The Foundation Degree in Young Children's Learning and Development is based on a modular framework at Level 4 and Level 5; each offer 120 credits. Some students may gain flexible points of entry to levels by gaining APL or APEL. The course is designed to build academic understanding.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry:
48 UCAS Tariff points (please see the UCAS tariff calculator on the left-hand side of this webpage to work out your tariff point amount)
Literacy and Numeracy at Level 2
2 years of relevant childcare experience
A Placement of at least 300 hours per year
A satisfactory DBS

Non-standard entry: Applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the standard minimum entry requirements will be considered. Applicants will be required to demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter the course through their personal statement.

Duration and Attendance

Full-time: 2 years 

Part-time: 3 years 

It is anticipated that you will be working professionally with children, giving you the opportunity to earn while you learn. If you are not currently employed in working with children, voluntary work placements can be arranged.

Programme Content

Level 4 Units

Personal and Professional Development 1
Play-based Learning
Legal and Professional Responsibilities
Advanced Child Development
Working with Families
Personal and Professional Development 2
Work-related Learning 1

Level 5 Units

Leadership and Management
Personal and Professional Development 3
Personal and Professional Development 4
Work-related Learning 3
Work-related Learning 4
Promoting children's rights
Supporting children's learning


Coursework is continuously assessed through assignments, essays, presentations, reflective practice journals, portfolios and work-based research.


On successful completion of the award you will be able to practise as a Senior Practitioner. It is anticipated that it will lead to employment in the early years services, registration and inspection, managers or practitioners in early years settings, or work with the Early Years Development and Childcare Partnerships.

Successful holders of the Foundation Degree in Young Children's Learning and Development will be awarded 240 credits. Progression will lead to BA (Hons) Educational Leadership - Children's Workforce (validated by York St. John University) at York College. There are arrangements for progression on to BA (Hons) Playwork or Education Studies at other local universities. Other progression routes are available in Childhood Studies and Early Years teaching degrees with QTS.

Course Fees

  Fee 2017/18 (starts) Fee 2018/19 (starts)
Full time £6165  £7200
Part time £3080 £3600

*International Students should call the International team at York College on 01904 770425.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.



Katie Wheeler

Melissa Hirst

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