Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies

This course is delivered at several locations. Please select your preferred location

About this course

If you are keen to work in childcare, 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 18 years, and is the ideal route into professional childcare, teaching or other work with young people. Providing both classroom-based study and practical 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 childcare sector, whilst also offering excellent opportunities for employment or further study.

What you will study

Students will study the professional aspects of working in childcare, from communication with colleagues to legislation and children’s rights. Pupils will also gain knowledge of all aspects of childhood, from children’s health and development to education and play.

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

Please note: You can apply for this course either through UCAS or directly with the college.

If applying via UCAS please use the following details:
Course Code: LX53, University Code: W01, Campus Code: E

Course fee per year

Tuition Fees: £7,500.00

DBS Check: £44.00

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 acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer: DD Typical BTEC Offer: relevant BTEC level 3 profile of Merit/Pass or Pass/Pass/Pass Typical

Welsh Bacc Offer:Grade C and DE at A Level

Typical Access to HE Offer: Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes

Additionally, GCSE passes in three subjects at grade C or above to include Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent). Alternative acceptable level 3 qualifications include NNEB plus CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education.

Additionally, you should be working in, or have access to, a placement in an appropriate setting to enable you to complete the work based practice requirements. Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required.

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
  • 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
This course is presented in several different locations, please choose the one convenient for you above.


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

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Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

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