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Foundation Degree (FDA) Education and Care

Course Level: 

Level 5

Job opportunities after this course: 

Completion of the Foundation Degree in Education and Care can lead to the final year of the BA (Honours) Degree in Education & Curriculum at the University of Sunderland. The programme is classroom based with tutorial and mentor visits arranged in the workplace. The programme uses the workplace setting to help enhance and develop work-based skills.

Overview of the course: 

This programme is offered by East Durham College working in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The award that you will receive will be from the University of Sunderland.

This Foundation Degree provides a professional development opportunity for those working with young people in nurseries, primary schools, youth centres or similar settings.

The University of Sunderland validated this professional development programme, which is designed to build upon existing knowledge and understanding of children and develop understanding of children in a wide variety of contexts. The programme is classroom based with tutorial and mentor visits arranged in the workplace.

For all the current information on this course on the University of Sunderland's website, please follow this link

This is a new programme with a potential start date of Sept 2020. Although Covid-19 has impacted the delivery of all programmes, we endeavour to ensure the quality of education remains the same. Although this is indeed a new programme, preparations for the delivery of Health and Social Care have been underway for some time. All delivery staff are suitably qualified and have that necessary vocational experience, to facilitate the quality of delivery.

The Full-Time programme will be delivered over two full days and teaching strategies will include face to face lectures/seminars and tutorials, which will be supported by online resources and activities. Learners will be expected to engage with remote delivery and staff have worked tirelessly to upgrade necessary skills to allow remote delivery to be as consistent and efficient as possible.

In the coming months before commencing your studies please contact the Programme Leaders, Paula Kirton, if we can offer any further guidance before joining us:

Paula Kirton:

Entry requirements: 

A professional qualification at Level 3, e.g. CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education, BTEC Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development, BTEC National Diploma in Childhood Studies, Early Years or CACHE Level 3 Certificate for Teaching Assistants, and at least two years employment as a Level 3 employee/er.

In addition, you should have at least two years’ relevant work experience, and should be employed in a role related to the education and care of young people.

• BTEC Level 3
• NVQ Level 3
• CACHE Diploma in Education and Childcare
• GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
• A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check that has an issue date within 3 years at the start date of the programme.

If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements: Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


Year 1

• Study and Self Thinking Skills
• Creativity and Problem Solving

• Human Development
• Transitions and Change

• Diversity and Inclusion

• Understanding the Curriculum

• The Social Context of Childhood

Year 2

• Social Policy and Children’s Well Being

• Professional Practice in Safeguarding

• Children and Young People

• Working Relationships

• Learning Technologies

• Project Design and Development

• Project

How is the course assessed?: 

There are a total of 12 module assignments. Six modules are delivered in the first year and six in the second. Each module is assigned 20 credits, 120 credits per year. Over the two year programme learners will accumulate 240 credits for a total of 12 assignments. Module assignments include presentations, reports, reflective professional diaries and essays.

Further study options after this course: 

Successful completion can lead to the final year of the BA (Honours) Degree in Education & Curriculum at the University of Sunderland which can then lead to entry to PGCE, and Qualified Teacher status.
Alternatively after successful completion of the Foundation Degree students could take the pathway for Early Years Teacher Status. The Foundation Degree could also open the door of opportunity to apply for management positions within the sector.

Length of the course: 

Work based part time, over two years. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6pm - 9pm.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

16th September 2021


*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (04 Dec 2020 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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