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FdA Childhood Studies

Programme Description



The Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies is a two year full-time or three year part time  higher education course which aims to give students the required theory and knowledge to work with children and young people in a variety of  settings. Work/voluntary experience allows students to apply and observe how theory is put into practice however, this is not a competency based training. The course leads to a Foundation Degree qualification validated by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. A QCF Childcare qualification in professional practice can be studied alongside the FdA.


Programme Features



  • Completion of work/voluntary experience in social care settings that help students to make informed career choices. 
  • A variety of guest speakers for a variety of social care settings provide a wealth of knowledge, experience and recruitment opportunities.
  • No examinations - assessment is by completion of assignments throughout each year.
  • Many opportunities to develop initiative, and group working skills
  • Student support is available ranging from learning support for study skills, through to financial advice and personal counselling
  • A small friendly staff team and small student groups of around 15-30 people

Progression & Employment



Whilst completion of the course does not guarantee progression, students completing the course have successfully undertaken degree programmes in Social Work; Nursing or teaching. Employment is often gained in many local childcare or education agencies. Progression to the BA (Hons) Social Care Studies (Top-up) at Coleg Sir Gar is encouraged.


Programme Content



Students study eleven compulsory modules. The modules are as follows:

Level 4 - Year One:

  • Employment Experience 1 - 20 credits
  • Academic Study Skills - 20 credits
  • Play, Recreation and Development - 20 credits
  • Social Pedagogy - 20 credits
  • Holistic Wellbeing - 20 credits
  • Inclusion and Diversity - 20 credits

Level 5 - Year Two:

  • Employment Experience 2 - 40 credits
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People - 20 credits
  • Using Research with Children and Young People - 20 credits
  • Engagement in Learning - 20 credits
  • Managing Transitions in Services for Children and Young People - 20 credits

Programme Assessment



Assessment is by coursework completed throughout the year. There are no examinations.


Programme Entry Requirements



One A Level or equivalent.

Access qualifications are welcomed.

Mature candidates may be accepted if they have practical or personal experience with no previous qualifications. Decisions are made on an individual basis following an interview.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David welcomes applications on the basis of prior learning.

All applicants must apply via UCAS using the course code L521 and institution code C22.


Additional Costs



Enhanced DBS - £44

Annual registration to DBS update service - £13