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What makes Learning and Development from Early Years to Adolescence at Ilminster special?

Our two year Foundation Degree is designed for those who wish to gain a higher level qualification in working with children and young people from the ages 0-19 years.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to gain an academic practice based qualification if you are working in the children and young people's workforce. It is ideal for those working in; children's social care, the 'GetSet' services, early years, play work, youth work, a youth offending team, a pupil referral unit, or as a childminder.



Key features

  • Validated by the University of Worcester and run by Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning. Teaching is based in Dillington House, Ilminster
  • Work based foundation degree, with taught sessions held in the evening ideal for those already working in an aspect of children's services, or those who would like to do so
  • The foundation degree is a significant step towards acquiring a full honours degree in the future, with top-up options available in Worcester and the South West

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

Mature students (over 21 years)

If you do not have formal qualifications a non-standard entry route is available.

Under 21 years

4 GCSEs (Grade C/4 or above) to include Mathematics and English, and 32 UCAS Tariff points from a maximum of 3 A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications; for example but not exclusively a CACHE Diploma or Edexcel BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.

All successful applications will be invited to attend a selection day prior to the start of the course. This gives you an opportunity to meet tutors, other students and find out more information about the course. You will be asked to prepare a short piece of writing prior to the session and you will be required to participate in a group discussion.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from 

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

  • Introduction to study skills.
  • Reflective journal.
  • Safeguarding and well-being of children and young people 0-19.
  • Introduction to the development of children and young people.
  • Enabling environments: characteristics of effective learning and development
  • Practice based enquiry.

Year 2


Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The Foundation Degree in Learning and Development Early Years to Adolescence (FDEA) aims to provide staff working in the children and young people's workforce an opportunity to gain a locally delivered foundation degree course, validated through the University of Worcester. It will also enable a progression route to a degree. The course aims to provide practitioners, with the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and experience and to further develop professional understanding, research and communication skills and values relevant to work in children's services.

The University places emphasis on independent learning capabilities that will equip students for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables students to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable students to flourish and be successful.


Students are taught through small group lectures and seminars, experiencing a wide variety of learning and teaching activities designed to meet different learner styles. This will facilitate development of both subject specific knowledge and skills, and transferable knowledge and key skills.

Students will be allocated a personal academic tutor offering three individual tutorials across the academic year. Additionally, all of the tutors on the FDTL provide group and individual student support. This is done face-to-face and through email tutorials.

Contact time

In a typical module students will have around 25 contact hours of teaching. Students will be expected to complete learning activities before and between sessions. In addition to this students are required to be in a work setting related to children and young people for a minimum of 10 hours a week. This can either as a paid member of staff or on a voluntary basis.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, students are expected to undertake around 20 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for final assessments.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

Students will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes professional practitioners from across the fields of study covered by the degree programme. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy and is based on considerable experience of practices in the field.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include essay, reflective evaluation, portfolio, project and case study.

Submissions are spread throughout the academic year.


Students will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and students are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide students with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.


Where could it take you?

The Foundation Degree in Learning and Development from Early Years to Adolescence (0-19) makes a significant contribution to the workforce planning of schools, nurseries, local authorities and related agencies.

It contributes to the promotion of inter-agency and inter-disciplinary working. It also contributes to the requirement to develop career pathways, built on clearer relationships between qualifications that enable staff to progress within and across different sectors.

Completion of this foundation degree places you in a strong position to take advantage of these new career pathways in education and the wider children's workforce.

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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential.

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £13,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2022/23 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

UCAS course code: L530
Institution code: W80
Campus code: G

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Liam Bleeks

Admissions tutor