Foundation Degree at The Learning & Enterprise College, Bexley Childhood Studies 2020/21

Year of entry

This innovative, work-based course offers you the opportunity to gain a qualification while continuing to work.

We have designed this course specifically for those working on a paid or voluntary basis with children and young people in settings such as schools, nurseries, childcare, fostercare, child minding, youth groups, cadets, or library services. You will explore the relationship between theories of child development and practical application in the workplace where you will gain a valuable understanding of how children and young people learn.

  • learning theory
  • developing positive behaviours
  • curriculum subject areas
  • aspects of special educational needs and inclusion.

This engaging and innovative work-based course offers the opportunity to gain a qualification while continuing in employment. 

The course is specifically designed for those working with children and young people. You may already be an unqualified teacher, a learning support assistant or an adult, other than a teacher, in a school or similar educational setting. 

You can gain valuable experience in your educational setting while developing knowledge and an understanding of how children and young people learn in different contexts through the study of theories related to child development.  

The Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies gives you the opportunity to take an innovative work-based course. You can gain a qualification while continuing to work. Your professional role, combined with this undergraduate ‘work-based ‘qualification can boost your future employment opportunities and may allow you access to study for further qualifications.

The Foundation Degree draws from psychology, sociology, philosophy and the history of education in order to examine child development from a range of perspectives.

You will reflect on a range of issues that affect the development of children and young people.  The course emphasises the role of research and how it impacts on different aspects of children and young people's lives. You will explore the relationship between child development and practices in the workplace through doing practical research tasks.

Year 1

Generic Pathway Modules

Planning for Personal and Professional Development (20 credits)
You will develop an understanding of the concept of childhood and its complexities and learn skills and techniques that will help you in your study of child development. This module will build on your existing skills and enable you to make the transition into Higher Education (HE) and enable you to be more independent and self-managed in your approach to studying, learning and time management. 

Growth and Development (20 credits)
This module will introduce you to human development and give you a framework for understanding growth, development and developmental stages. You will explore the effects of nature and nurture on development and will gain insight into the ways in which theories of development explain and account for processes in development and the difficulties experienced.

Language Development and its Place in Learning (20 credits)
You will explore how human language develops, its principal features and the implications for providing a supportive environment when working with children and young people in a range of settings.

Developing Positive Behaviour (20 credits)
This module is designed to help you understand learning behaviour. You will consider the interdependence of social, emotional and cognitive factors that might be barriers for pupils in their learning.  Approaches and strategies which can support motivation, access, participation and behaviour for learning in a variety of contexts will be studied

Additional Education Needs (20 credits)

The module aims to introduce you to concepts, theory and knowledge about Additional Educational Needs (AEN). Hereby, consideration will be given to a wide range of AEN, their causes and their impact on children’s development and learning.

Supporting Children Learning Mathematics (20 credits)

You will consider the key theory, literature and statutory policy related to mathematics learning and through your developing knowledge you will be able to support children's learning through a range of approaches, materials and resources.

Year 2

Generic Pathway Modules

Theories of Learning (20 credits)
This module will provide you with opportunities for interrogation and critical analysis of the nature of educational theory. Through this process, you will engage with fundamental questions concerning the aims, values and techniques of education as well as its relationship to society.

Language and Literacy (20 credits)
This module will increase your understanding of the 

fundamental importance of language and literacy in learning, drawing on a wide range of intellectual resources, theoretical perspectives and academic disciplines.

Health, Activity and Nutrition for Children (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with an engaging, challenging and critical approach to issues surrounding the health, activity levels and nutrition for children and young people. The module is intended as a broad introduction to a range of aspects that contribute to and result from children’s health, activity and nutrition choices.

Independent Study (20 credits)
You will be able pursue a sustained line of enquiry in an area of interest. Assessment will be through a clear, structured and relevant academic report that relates theory to practice.

Creativity and Learning (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with a challenging, stimulating and innovative approach to understanding the role of creative and cultural development in learning. Students will explore the potential of a broad range of learning experiences in relation to models of practice which emphasise the centrality and importance of creativity as a value and attribute and as a central source of meaning making.

Child in the World (20 credits)
By the end of this module you should be able to evaluate and critique contemporary evidence and debate significant factors affecting children and young peoples’ lives in a global context

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree you may choose to continue to develop your knowledge and understanding of childhood studies by progressing on to the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies, a one-year top up.

Alternatively you may wish to study another area, such as social work, speech and language or art and play therapy.


Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Equivalency Test There will be a charge for any University Equivalency test taken to ender the course. Details are available in the section on General Information for Applicants.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

You will be taught face-to-face on four evenings per module at our partner college, The Learning & Enterprise College Bexley.  You will also be required to engage with online learning during each module and attend on an occasional Saturday. 

The course has the equivalent of 35 taught hours and 75 hours of work-based learning. You are expected to carry out around 90 hours of independent research and study for each module.

Surprising Terms
You are expected to work in child-based setting (this can be a paid or voluntary role) for a minimum of 15 hours per week.  If you are not able to find work in a child-based setting, you may not be able to complete your studies.

This course is subject to special regulations.

 “For me, embarking on this course as a middle-aged career changer, conjured a multitude of concerns. Would I be accepted? I’ve been out of education for so long; can I meet the academic requirements of the course? 

These sentiments were short lived.  From the word ‘go’ I was made to feel welcome by both the staff and my peers – some of a similar age and at a similar stage in life and others who were quite a bit younger than me!

It will stretch you and make you think about things in ways you will have never considered.  At times, it will frustrate you but it will also change you.  You will use and sharpen your skills in so many areas; no two assignments will be the same.  One module may require you to ‘present’ to the rest of your peers whereas another will see you creating a new resource for teaching maths in your setting.  Only with the benefit of hindsight can I now see how broadly I have developed in my ‘summing up’ which has come about because of diverse assessment methods.”  

Matt, Childhood Studies, Foundation Degree

You will be assessed through a range of methods, including individual presentations, poster presentations, resource design, case studies and essays. There is no formal examination assessment.

Accordingly, assessment procedures will take account of not only your acquired knowledge and skills, but also the process of developing skills and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in the world of work.

Applications for this course can be completed online .

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

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

UCAS course code

  • X321 FD Childhood Studies at The Learning & Enterprise College, Bexley
    Campus code L

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 2 years


  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English Grade C (or equivalent)
    A Level (or equivalent Level 3 qualification)

    Higher Level Teaching Assistant status may also be accepted as a Level 3 equivalent qualification

    You may be asked to attend an interview

    Employed (paid or voluntary) working with children or young people in an educational setting for at least 15 hours per week This course is not open to you if you do not meet this requirement. There is no professional placement option within the course.
    Experience of working 6 months (or an equivalent time) in a paid or a voluntary capacity, prior to entry, with children or young people in an educational setting
    Active support of an employer, who must sign your application form and learning agreement

    It is a requirement that all applicants have a current satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

    If you do not have English at GCSE grade C or above you will be required to take and pass the University Equivalency tests for entry onto this course. There is a charge for this test, or. OR, if you have Functional Skills Level 2 (English) you can gain entry onto this course, with the expectation that you will independently complete the University English Equivalency Test, or gain a GCSE English qualification during the course of the programme.

    If you do not meet the entry requirements, but have the appropriate work experience, you may be offered an opportunity to join the course, subject to the agreement of your employer. In this case, you will be required to take and pass the Orientation module.



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