Truro and Penwith College

FdA Childhood Education

Designated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and achieving ‘full confidence’ from the Quality Assurance Agency, our national reputation as one of the leading colleges in the country speaks for itself. Study a specialist degree with us. Be part of our close-knit community. Learn from our dedicated staff. You’ll graduate with a degree from a university placed 3rd in the UK and 65th globally in the Times Higher Education 'Young University Rankings 2017'.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • TCEC1104 Professionalism and Interpersonal Relationships

      The focus of this module is to explore professionalism, professional identity formation and interpersonal relationships in educational contexts. It includes concepts of communication and interpersonal skills and divergent value sets that underpin significant working relationships. The module examines how values and ethics contribute to effective working relationships

    • TCEC1105 Theories of Childhood Education

      This module examines influential approaches to teaching and learning. It explores theoretical perspectives, seminal educators and contemporary educational thinkers. Students will explore a variety of approaches to learning, including informal, incidental and spontaneous play experiences, to more structured teaching learning and assessment methodologies.

    • TCEC1107 Curriculum, Curriculum Planning and Age Phase Transition

      This module explores and identifies the significance of curriculum, curriculum planning and age phase transition, in relation to high quality teaching and learning in childhood education. The module includes the theory and practice of transitions at the start and end of the primary National Curriculum. Consideration is given to personal, social and emotional aspects in this module

    • TCEC1108 Special Educational Needs and Disability

      This module Identifies principles and concepts underlying theoretical frameworks and approaches to children with special education needs. The emphasis will be on the individual child and examining how their needs are identified and addressed. The significance of policy, and practice, which will shape educational provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) will be examined.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Truro and Penwith College

We’re one of the leading colleges in the country, delivering teaching and learning to the highest level. With three modern campuses at Truro, Penwith (at Penzance) and Tregye, we provide you with a unique university experience.

Find out more about studying at Truro and Penwith College