Foundation Degree Childhood Studies 2016/17

This Foundation degree programme is designed to provide an opportunity for those who are working with, or who wish to work in child-related areas, to undertake further study in order to complete the requirements for the award of a Foundation degree in Childhood Studies. The programme is applicable for those with a variety of backgrounds; teaching assistants, unqualified teachers, those engaged in a variety of child and youth related settings, those working with young offenders and those working in areas relating to other teaching and learning environments. Available pathways are ‘generic’ (a generalist route that covers a variety of issues relating to children and young people) as well as a specialist pathway in Special Educational Needs.

It is a requirement of the programme that you have a minimum of 6 months experience of working with children or young people (this can be cumulative) and are working in a child/youth related setting in a paid or voluntary basis for at least fifteen hours a week.

There is an emphasis on developing knowledge, skills and understanding related to the workplace during this programme. All students follow core modules: Introduction to Childhood Studies and Theories of Learning. Other modules relate to different factors affecting child development and how children learn in different subject areas.

Generic programme students study: Language Development, Practical Mathematics and Practical Science and Technology, Behaviour for Learning and Inclusion, and also undertake an independent Study.

Special Educational Needs students study: Disabilities; Autism; Speech, Language and Social Communication Difficulties; Sensory Impairment and Physical Conditions.

All modules consider the various theoretical perspectives against practitioner experience in the work-setting.

The majority of students will progress to BA (Hons) Childhood Studies or BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching, and then onto one of the many routes leading to qualified teacher status. Others progress to social work or children’s therapy related areas (for example speech and language therapy). The programme has therefore been designed to meet the needs of intending teachers and other childcare and youth professionals but is also flexible enough to provide a base for further study related to other areas of work with children, young people and adults.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Applications for this course can be completed online .

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online .

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Department. Please contact:

T: 01227 863691
E :

Alternatively, you may contact the Programme Administrator:

Jane Lingham:
T: 01227 782781

Please note

For the programme you are applying for, the University needs there to be a minimum of eighteen students to be able to run the cohort. If the University is unable to attract enough students then the cohort will not run. Where we are unable to run a cohort the University will contact those affected via the email address given on the application form, the University would also normally expect to offer those affected the opportunity to join the next cohort of the course they have applied for either at the original location that the programme was to run or at an alternative venue (once again subject to the minimum number of students being recruited).

Fact file


  • 2 years full- time (including 'Twilight' options), supported by work- based learning (subject to validation).

Entry requirements

  • A2 level, or equivalent Level 3 qualifications, plus GCSE English Language at grade C, or above (or equivalent). Places are offered subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.




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