Children and Young People (Early Years) FdA Level 5

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2024


The demand for highly qualified practitioners to work with children, young people and their families are rapidly increasing. This Children and Young People Early Years FdA Level 5 has been developed with sector employers and designed to help you to develop higher level skills and knowledge to support children.

All of the modules will directly relate to your working environment and this will help you to evaluate and understand practice in more depth. As a University of Derby partner student, you will have access to the university’s virtual learning environment, including University of Derby Online (UDO) and online journals and texts, as well as library facilities.

This programme lasts for two full years and you will need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and work outside of the classroom.

What will I do?

During the first year (full time) you will complete:

  • Higher Education (HE) Study Skills (20 credits - core module)
  • Ethical Practice, Attitudes and Values (20 credits - core module)
  • Work Based Reflective Practice (20 credits - core module)
  • Integrated Services (20 credits - core module)
  • Early Years Provision and Practice (20 credits - core module)
  • Children Playing (20 credits)
  • (Licence to Practice Module – This module is an optional module for the Early Years Pathway and a core module for the Practitioner Status Pathway)

During the second year (full time) you will complete:

  • Research Methods and Practice (20 credits - core module)
  • Secondary Research (20 credits - core module)
  • Understanding Behaviour (20 credits)
  • International Perspectives in Provision - Working with Children and Young People (20 credits - core module)
  • Children and Young People’s Family Rights (20 credits - core module)
  • Working with Parents and Carers (20 credits - optional module)

If you don’t have a licence to practice you can complete an additional portfolio over the two years of study to achieve Early Years with Practitioner Status. (Please see Entry Requirements).

Applicants must be aged 18 or over and working directly with children or young people aged 0-25 years in a voluntary or paid capacity for a minimum of two days a week.

To enrol on this course, you will need a full Level 3 or equivalent qualifications such as:

  • NVQ 3
  • A Levels
  • BTEC National Certificate
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • CACHE or NNEB award
  • Open College Network Credits
  • Completion of a recognised Access to Higher Education course

All applications are subject to approval by the University of Derby (UoD). In order for the University to approve your application we are required to share your personal information. This includes sharing the application form that you have completed to study this course, and in some instances, copies of your maths, English and highest-level qualification certificate.

The course will take you two years to complete, you will attend College for one full day per week, Thursday 1:00pm - 8:00pm.

The course will cost £7600 per year, for two years.

You can apply for a student loan to cover the costs of course fees. You may also be able to apply for various grants and loans to support your learning. Specific advice regarding student loans and other benefits can be obtained from

The careers team based in college can also assist your application. Please contact them via our Information Line - 01205 313218.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

Assessment methods are varied and include for example, written reports, presentations, case studies, essays and reflections. Modules are sector-related, and assessment will relate to your own organisation or vocational setting.

Upon successful completion you could progress directly into employment, onto a top up qualification at university or study the BA(Hons) Education Studies here at the College.

If you are undertaking fulltime study you can apply for a Maintenance Loan, this can be used to purchase materials to assist with your qualification.

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You can download our course guide