City College Plymouth

FdA Childhood Studies

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Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Developing Professionalism and Reflective Practice (CITY1107)

      This module aims to encourage consideration for professional capacity within working environments and potential implications for outcomes within the sector. Students will evidence their learning and development over the academic year and of their vocational hours undertaken within the sector. Different strategies and methods will be examined and trialled to enable students to link theory and practice.

    • Constructions of Childhood (CITY1108)

      This module aims to introduce and consider the historical construction of childhood as a concept and the subsequent implications to current childhood and family structures, both locally and internationally. This will enable students to consider the future impact for practice within UK and for future outcomes for children.

    • Concepts of Inclusion and Diversity (CITY1109)

      This module aims to introduce and consider the historical construction of childhood as a concept and the subsequent implications to current childhood and family structures, both locally and internationally. This will enable students to consider the future impact for practice within UK and for future outcomes for children.

    • Learning Environments (CITY1110)

      This module will explore and review different learning environments which provide opportunities for children to learn and develop. Considering different concepts locally and internationally will encourage application of different concepts to improve or underpin effective practice and ultimately outcomes.

    • Safeguarding and Child Protection (CITY1111)

      This module will ensure that students have a clear understanding of safeguarding and child protection strategies, guidance and practice. Current policies and initiatives will be reviewed in relation to underpinning best outcomes for children and/or families. Students will review practice with specific settings and consider methods to improve practice and children's awareness and resilience.

    • Theoretical Perspectives of Development and Learning (CITY1112)

      This module will review development according to milestones and consider how different theoretical perspectives may affect this, including biological and environmental factors. Factors will be examined to understand the impact on development as well as the practice of professional practitioners.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Working in Partnership (CITY2119)

      This module aims to introduce the range of services with whom a practitioner may work with for the benefit of children, young people and families. The students will develop an awareness and understanding of different roles and the implications of multi-agency working within the sector.

    • Health and Well-being (CITY2120)

      This module will explore both physical and mental health of children and young people and the impact of this on their development and well-being. Family health will also be considered in relation to the implications to children and young people.

    • Critical Social policy (CITY2121)

      Students will consider the value of current policies and strategies implemented within the sector in relation to effective practice and positive outcomes. Students will also develop an awareness of politics and the role of the government within the specific sector

    • Leadership and Mentoring (CITY2122)

      This module aims to develop skills and understanding for leading, managing and mentoring in a range of situations and activities across different settings which support children, young people and families.

    • Developing Skills for Research (CITY2123)

      This module aims to introduce and develop knowledge and understanding of skills and methods required to undertake quality research and the generic value of research to society.

    • Contemporary Issues Project (CITY2124)

      The aim of this module is to encourage the student to explore and review an area of interest and/or concern in regarding to supporting children and/or young peoples development and outcomes in life.

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

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.
To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

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 City College Plymouth

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 Partnerships 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. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with City College Plymouth

Just one-and-a-half miles from the University of Plymouth, we’re one of the largest colleges in the South West, with two main sites linked by shuttle buses, with a dynamic Students’ Union and Student Liaison Team.
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