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Develop your career working with children and young people. Earn an academic qualification that also delivers practical skills. Boost your earning potential.

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This highly practical two-year course allows you to develop your career in the education and care of young people, without having to give up your job.

Education and Care Foundation Degree is a part-time course which you can study at one of our partner colleges. You'll develop knowledge and skills which you can use straight away in any workplace that involves working with children and young people.

Please contact the relevant partner college to apply for this course.

Why us?

  • 93.4% of our graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
  • Opportunity to ‘top up’ this course to a full BA (Hons) degree over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • 100% of students are satisfied with the quality of the course, according to the National Student Survey 2017

Course structure

This is a highly practical course, which combines academic study and work-based learning. The elements of the course which are taught in the college include lectures, discussions, case studies and workshops.

Your progress will be assessed with evaluations of work experience, reports and presentations. Throughout the course you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff.

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


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

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
  • Bishop Auckland College has over 1,200 students enrolled on full-time courses and provides a quality learning experience for all students.

    Please contact Bishop Auckland College for more information about facilities and location.

    Bishop Auckland College
    Woodhouse Lane
    Bishop Auckland
    County Durham
    DL14 6JZ

    Bishop Auckland College
  • Please contact East Durham College for more information about facilities and location.

    East Durham College
    Peterlee Campus
    Willerby Grove
    SR8 2RN

    East Durham College
  • As a partner college student, you can access the University Library facilities, both online and at our two main libraries in Sunderland. We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on computing topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Some of the most important sources for computing students include:

    • British Standards Online which offers more than 35,000 documents covering specifications for products, dimensions, performance and codes of practice
    • Association of Computing Machinery digital library, which includes full-text articles from journals as well as conference proceedings
    • Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier
    • Archives of publications from Emerald, including over 35,000 full-text articles dating back to 1994 on a range of subjects including technology
    • Business Source Elite from EBSCO Publishing that covers hundreds of journals that include coverage of e-commerce and information management
    Library Services for partner college students
  • Please contact South Tyneside College for more information about the facilities and location.

    Phone: 0191 427 3500

    South Tyneside College – part of Tyne Coast College
  • The course is delivered at Sunderland College, which has specialist facilities for music, dance and drama alongside excellent IT and library resources. As a student, you will also have access to the library and resources at the University of Sunderland.

    Sunderland College is a world-class provider of education, with five campuses located across the city.

    Please contact Sunderland College for more information about facilities and location.

    Sunderland College
    Washington Campus
    Stone Cellar Road
    NE37 2NH

    Sunderland College
  • Please contact Tyne Metropolitan College for more information:

    Tyne Metropolitan College
    Battle Hill Drive
    NE28 9NL

    0191 229 5000

    Tyne Metropolitan College – part of Tyne Coast College


This course is taught at our partner colleges.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you need one of the following qualifications in a relevant subject area:

BTEC Level 3
NVQ Level 3
CACHE Diploma in Education and Childcare

We also require 2 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. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

In addition to these academic qualifications, you should have at least two years’ relevant work experience, and you should be employed in a role related to the education and care of young people.

You must also have:

A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check that has an issue date within three years of the start date of the course.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is £5,500 per 120 credits if you are from the UK or EU.

Please note that this course is not available to international students.

If you need support or have any queries about applying for your finances for this partner college programme, or want to get in touch with our Partnership Liaison team, you can find out more in our Help and Advice article.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night


This course is ideal for people who are ready to step up to the next level in their career working with children and young people.

It will develop your knowledge and skills in a broad range of areas, including early years, co-located services, and Special Educational Needs.

When you have completed this Foundation Degree, you will have the opportunity to 'top up' to a BA (Hons) undergraduate degree. Taking the one-year course BA (Hons) Childhood and Society Studies (Top-Up) will enable you to achieve a full BA (Hons) undergraduate degree.

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