City College Plymouth

FdA Childhood Studies

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CITY1107 Developing Professionalism and Reflective Practice

      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.

    • CITY1109 Concepts of Inclusion and Diversity

      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.

    • CITY1110 Learning Environments

      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.

    • CITY1111 Safeguarding and Child Protection

      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

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • CITY1108 Constructions of Childhood

      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.

    • CITY1112 Theoretical Perspectives of Development and Learning

      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

    • CITY2120 Health and Well-being

      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.

    • CITY2122 Leadership and Mentoring

      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.

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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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 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. 

Please contact City College Plymouth to apply for this course:

City College Plymouth

Tel: +441752305300

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.

Find out more about studying at City College Plymouth