Foundation Degree (FdA)
Leaflet Code: CR26076PT
Courses at UCEN Manchester combine a variety of teaching and learning activities including seminars, lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and independent work individually as well as in groups.
In addition, these primary teaching and learning methods may be supplemented with field trips, work placements, guest lectures, presentations and group activities as applicable to each subject area.
UCEN campuses have libraries equipped with computers and printers for students which can be used in addition to the classrooms and course specific workspaces such as technology suites, workshops, laboratories and artistic/photographic studios.
As well as the software available to students on campus computers such as SPSS the Adobe suite, students are also able to use Microsoft Office remotely from their own laptops and access course materials using the Virtual Learning Environment.
You will be taught by a team of fully experienced teacher educators with a wealth of knowledge from the childcare sector. All staff have or are working towards higher level Master’s and Doctorate qualifications in Education. Our staff maintain strong links with Sheffield Hallam University and regularly update their knowledge and skills with the university and within the industry of education.
• 64 UCAS Tariff Points
• GCSE’S (grade A*-C or equivalent) in both English and mathematics (or be prepared to work towards)
• Diploma in Childcare / CACHE or BTEC or equivalent level 3 qualification
We understand that not all applicants may have these and encourage you to contact us to discuss further options available.
Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.
Non-academic entry criteria
All applicants will be expected to be either working in the sector or be in a position where they can acquire voluntary or paid work in the sector. The work in the sector should equate to a minimum of 90 hours per year which will total 180 hours over the programme of study.
Applicants will require an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. This is a legal requirement to enable applicants to work with children. This Enhanced DBS will need to be in place prior to commencement of the course and the DBS check and process will be organised by UCEN Manchester (irrespective of whether the applicant currently holds an existing Enhanced DBS certificate) during enrolment, registration and induction in line with the attached policy Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks for Learners Policy and Procedure . The DBS application fee will need to be paid for by the applicant.
An Enhanced DBS will disclose all criminal convictions and cautions ever received including those that have been spent. Where a criminal conviction or caution is disclosed during the application process, the relevant UCEN Manchester Safeguarding and DBS policies and processes will be applied in assessing your application.
Where you are subsequently offered a place on the course, the course leader will provide you with the appropriate advice and guidance in relation to career options after graduation. Where an applicant is offered a place having gone through this process, it remains the responsibility of the applicant to acquire the requisite amount of placement hours in order to complete the course
Year 1: Professional Academic Development (20 credits)
Year 1: Safeguarding Children and Young People (20 credits)
Year 1: The Importance of Play (20 credits)
87% Course Work
To download the Tuition Fees information please visit: https://ucenmcr.tmc.ac.uk/study/fees-and-finance/heLearn more
All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing.
When undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work.
You will be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.