Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies

L5 Level 5
Full Time
12 September 2022 — 24 May 2024
Barry Campus

About this course

If you are keen to work with children, or if you are already employed within the sector and are wishing to further your career, then this could be the perfect course for you! This programme teaches the full range of skills for working with children and young people from birth to 19 years, and is the ideal route into professional childcare, teaching or other work with children and young people; it is an ideal professional development opportunity for other professionals such as nurses and health visitors teaching assistants, nursery workers and other childcare practitioners, as well as those wishing to return to study who have previous experience of working in a learning / childcare environment. Providing both lecture-room study and practical work experience, this course has strong links to many local employers, enabling you to develop knowledge and understanding of the issues faced by people working in the children and young people’s sector, whilst also offering excellent opportunities for employment or further study. As part of the course you will be expected to spend some time in an educational environment in order to gain practical experience.

How to Apply: You apply for this course via UCAS.  The ‘Apply Now’ button will take you to the UCAS course page.
You will need the following details:
Course Code – HC01, Institution Code – C16, Campus Code - B, Campus Name – Barry Campus 
For further information visit Completing your UCAS application.

What you will study

You will study the following modules:

  • Leading Work in Children and Young Peoples Services
  • Study Skills for Higher Education
  • Introduction to Research
  • Applying Theory to children and young people’s holistic development.
  • Leadership and Inclusion within childcare practice
  • Curriculum Matters
  • Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing
  • Advanced Practice in Children and Young Peoples Services
  • Play and Leisure
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People

Assessments will be made up of written assignments, reports, seminars, debates and presentations, portfolios, and projects within the workplace.

Course fee per year

DBS Check: £45.05

Tuition Fees: £7,500.00

Entry requirements

Applications to the course will be considered on an individual basis. Typical entry requirements are detailed below but if you don’t meet these criteria, then your work and life experience will be taken into consideration. Combinations of the qualifications below are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be accepted on an individual basis:

  • Typical A-Level Offer – DD in relevant subjects
  • Typical BTEC Offer - BTEC level 3 profile of Merit/Pass or Pass/Pass/Pass in a relevant subject
  • Typical Welsh Bacc Offer - Minimum grade D plus one A Level, grade D in a relevant subject.
  • Typical Access to HE Offer - Pass Diploma with a minimum of 45 level 3 credits all Passes.
  • Additionally, GCSE passes in three subjects at grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent). Alternative acceptable level 3 qualifications include NNEB, CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, Level 3 Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development and Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. A successful interview may also be a requirement for entry onto the course.

Teaching and assessment

  • Written assignments and continuous assessments including portfolio

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

12 September 2022

End date

24 May 2024

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

14 hours per week


Barry Campus
Maps & directions

Course code



Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies


What our students say

I started studying a Level 3 in Childcare Education; I then progressed onto the Foundation Degree. Through that, I’ve met so many new people and I’ve got a new job! The tutors have been amazing, in helping me complete the course. If there are any issues that you have whilst studying then there is plenty of support here for you. It has been tough but really, really amazing at the same time. I’ve had experiences here that I never would have had if I hadn’t studied here. If you’re interested I’d say go for it! You can balance studying alongside your work and the college will support you along the way.

Dominique De Claire
Childhood Studies Foundation Degree Graduate
Bilingual Learning

Career prospects & further study

After completing this course, successful candidates may progress onto the University of South Wales, to top-up their qualification to the BSc (Hons) Childhood Studies.

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Barry Campus
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Cardiff and Vale College,

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