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Child Development and Education

This course is a top-up to convert the FdA Early Years Care and Education degree (or similar) into a full Honours Degree. The course consolidates the skills and knowledge you have previously acquired, whilst further developing your understanding of working practice.

The programme has been designed to equip you with the knowledge base and capabilities to excel in your chosen profession or alternative graduate opportunities. This is achieved through module content that is specific to particular areas of practice, which is then interpreted and developed through collaborative seminar discussion. You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional vocational and academic qualifications during your studies.

The course is multidisciplinary in nature and studies of the complexities of family life, the continuum of growth and the significance of childhood in contemporary culture and society. You will study children and young people’s development in an ecological context, drawing upon a range of influential factors such as anthropology, psychology, education, welfare, sociology and economics.

You will analyse and critically evaluate the processes that shape childhood and people’s lives, exploring topics that cover the changing nature of childhood, ethical principles in relation to working practice and young people’s rights. The course will prepare you with a broad understanding of early years, children and young people theory and practice, with a focus from birth to eighteen years.

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What will I learn?

Ucas Code: CX83

Award: BA (Hons) awarded by University of Plymouth

Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available

Institution code: S32

Year 1 Studies
Careers & Employability

Upon successful completion of this degree you will have a wide range of career opportunities. You could choose to study towards a Postgraduate Certification in Education (PGCE) or equivalent teaching qualifications, enabling you to work in the teaching and education sector. You could also consider progressing to further study at Masters Level in social work and psychology. Alternatively, you will be able to enter employment in a wide range of roles and professions in either an Early Years or Young Adult setting.

“During my career I have gained a broad range of skills relating to early years education and childcare, and I can now pass that knowledge on to new learners. It’s fantastic to support learners in achieving their goals and helping them find employment in this rewarding industry.”Stefanie Crinks

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

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Have you considered...

We have courses to suit everyone so if you haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for yet, we recommend you take a look at the following courses. We’ve selected these for you based on your interests.

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FdAEarly Years Care and Education

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