Course: FdA Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Study Level

Level 5

Course Code



Lowestoft Campus


2 Years



The Foundation degree in Children’s Care Learning and Development is an exciting programme enabling those working in early years to work towards graduate status.

The course is suitable as a pathway to primary school teaching (you must also achieve GCSE maths, English and science). We welcome applications from those working within the childcare sector and from students who may not have child care experience but wish to enter this field.

As these are employment-based learning courses, students will require the support of their employer to successfully complete the qualification. Students need a mentor in the workplace to support them with their studies. These courses emphasise multi-agency working, helping to create a workforce committed to joint working and improving standards of care for children.

For those students who successfully complete the Foundation degree, and who are interested in progressing their studies within the field of children’s care and learning they can progress on to the BA (Hons) Children’s Care Learning and Development. We welcome applications from any student who has achieved 240 credits in higher education (120 credits at level 5) e.g. A Foundation degree related to early years practice.

Students study early intervention, child health and professional practice alongside their dissertation study. Topics offered for dissertation last year included identification of gifted and talented children, the value of home visiting in transitions and whether the school starting age is too young.

For further information and to apply for this course, please visit the University of Suffolk website. 

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