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Learning and Development from Early Years to Adolescence (0-19) FdA

What makes Learning and Development from Early Years to Adolescence at Taunton special?

Our two year Foundation Degree is designed for those who wish to gain a higher level qualification in working with children and young people from the ages 0-19 years.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to gain an academic practice based qualification if you are working in the children and young people’s workforce. It is ideal for those working in; children’s social care, the ‘GetSet’ services, early years, play work, youth work, a youth offending team, a pupil referral unit, or as a childminder.

Key features

  • Validated by the University of Worcester and run by Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning. Teaching is based in Taunton
  • Work based foundation degree, with taught sessions held in the evening ideal for those already working in an aspect of children’s services, or those who would like to
  • The foundation degree is a significant step towards acquiring a full honours degree in the future, with top-up options available in Worcester and the South West

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Mature students (over 21 years)
If you do not have formal qualifications a non-standard entry route is available.

Under 21 years
Passes A-C in four GCSE subjects plus one A level at grade C or equivalent points (e.g. 2 AS levels at grade D).

All successful applications will be invited to attend a selection day prior to the start of the course. This gives you an opportunity to meet tutors, other students and find out more information about the course.  You will be asked to prepare a short piece of writing prior to the session and you will be required to participate in a group discussion.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

  • Introduction to study skills.
  • Reflective journal.
  • Safeguarding and well-being of children and young people 0-19.
  • Introduction to the development of children and young people.
  • Enabling environments: characteristics of effective learning and development
  • Practice based enquiry.

Year 2


Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

Students are taught in small cohorts of up to 25 students for one session per week.  Delivery sessions are lively and interactive led by experienced and skilled tutors.


Methods of assessment on the course include: essays, seminars, practical workshops, professional journals, projects and reports.

In addition all students will be assessed on work undertaken within employment.  It is a course requirement that students are in a relevant setting in either a paid or voluntary capacity for a minimum of 10 hours a week.


Where could it take you?

The Foundation Degree in Learning and Development from Early Years to Adolescence (0-19) makes a significant contribution to the workforce planning of schools, nurseries, local authorities and related agencies.

It contributes to the promotion of inter-agency and inter-disciplinary working. It also contributes to the requirement to develop career pathways, built on clearer relationships between qualifications that enable staff to progress within and across different sectors.

Completion of this foundation degree places you in a strong position to take advantage of these new career pathways in education and the wider children’s workforce.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 is £6,890 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this foundation degree in 2017 is £903 per 15 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

UCAS course code: L530
Institution code: W80
Campus code: G


UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.


Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions tutor

Abbie Stevens
Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning
01823 348268