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FdEd Foundation Degree in Children’s Development and Learning


About the course


The FdEd in Children’s Development and Learning is a work-based programme which will provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to progress in their chosen career, without having to give up employment in order to study. It is validated as a Level 5 award and requires you to attend for half a day each week during term time, for two years.

There is plenty of support available to help you get the most out of your course. You will be allocated a personal tutor who will have regular one-to-one meetings with you. You’ll also nominate someone from within your own workplace, such as a manager or colleague, to become your mentor. Additionally, you’ll benefit from small learning groups and access to facilities at both BCA and the University of Reading.

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Entry requirements


All applicants must be 18 years or above working at least 2.5 days a week in a relevant setting within the sector.

Applicants are normally expected to have obtained:

  • English Language GCSE Grade C (or 4) or Level 2 equivalent
  • Maths GCSE Grade C (or 4) or Level 2 equivalent
  • NQF Level 3 qualification in a work-related area
  • At least two years’ experience of working directly with children within the Children’s Workforce, for example, in a registered early years setting or in a school as a teaching assistant (this may include voluntary work and/or a placement completed as part of a vocational qualification)

CDL students at the end of their first year of study with another partner college that delivers this programme, specifically Bracknell & Wokingham College, Newbury College, Basingstoke College of Technology and Langley College, may be considered for transfer to BCA. 

To be considered for transfer, please email the HE registrar at BCA: registry_degrees@bca.ac.uk


More information


There is guaranteed progression to the BA in Children’s Development and Learning at the University of Reading on successful completion of the Foundation Degree. Progression to Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), Higher Level Teaching Assistant, or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is possible through further work-based study at the University of Reading.