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About the course

This course is suitable for you if you are working in schools and colleges with children and young people, and those undertaking an educational role within a care setting. It is a full-time programme offered in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.

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UCAS code

  • X321
  • The university code for Canterbury Christ Church University is C10
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What you will study

You will study 120 credits in each year, making a total of 240 credits.

Year 1 modules

  • Introduction to childhood studies
  • Growth and development
  • Language development and its place in learning
  • Atypical child development
  • Sensory impairment and physical conditions
  • Social and emotional behavioural difficulties

Year 2 modules

  • Theories of learning
  • Language and literacy
  • Independent study
  • Learning difficulties


  • Assessment methods are varied and include practical work, assignments, essays, presentations, short tests and examinations
  • You will need to be able to write at level 3 (A Level) standard; most essays and reports have a word count of around 2,000 words

Entry requirements

  • You should have national level 2 qualifications in English and maths (equivalent to GCSE grades A*-C) and a level 3 qualification (A Level or BTEC).
  • In addition to the above qualifications, you will need to be working in a school or relevant educational setting for 15 hours per week or more and have the support of your head teacher or manager.
  • Enhanced DBS clearance
  • If you do not have the relevant qualifications, you can attend an orientation course at Canterbury Christ Church University before beginning your foundation degree
  • You may need to have GCSE Maths at A*-C or a level 2 equivalent for further study or employment and so we recommend you take one of this alongside the course if you cannot evidence it already

Costs and loans

  • You can apply for a student loan for this course


  • The programme is delivered across 1 day per week 
  • The days are made up of taught lectures, independent study time and tutorials
  • You will be introduced to key topics and concepts during the modules but are required to engage with additional wider reading and research to enhance your chance of success

Moving forward

  • Upon successful completion of the foundation degree, you will be awarded the foundation degree childhood studies
  • After the foundation degree you can apply for a number of programmes that lead to a full honours degree, which then allows you to apply for a range of QTS programmes
  • Employment in education sectors
  • Please note that this foundation degree does not qualify you as a teacher

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