Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years, Part-time: 3 years

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You can study this course at Buxton & Leek College as part of the University of Derby, or at one of our partner colleges:

Developed with employers

This professional qualification is valued by employers. We’ll help you to become a more confident, knowledgeable and effective practitioner working with children, young people and their families. The course enables those already working, or wanting to work with children and young people aged 0–25, to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding. You can choose a specialist pathway* relevant to your interests: Early Years, Early Years with Practitioner Status, Teaching Assistant, or Special Educational Needs. You’ll need to be working or volunteering in the sector two days per week and have 48 UCAS points from A level or equivalent qualifications.

*Dependent on chosen site of study.

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You'll study through a mixture of theory and practical work, and reflect on your practice.

How you're assessed

There are no exams.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Fees and funding


For fee information, please contact the partner college you wish to study at.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

To study at Buxton & Leek College, apply directly to the University of Derby.

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Please apply to the individual College if you wish to study at:


Demand is growing for qualified practitioners working in children’s and young people’s services. You’ll have the knowledge, understanding, and professional skills to progress in your practice and make an impact on service provision. Previous graduates were promoted to senior roles and others now lead practices.

You can top up to a degree by completing the final stage of a relevant bachelors degree, such as:

In recent years, many of our graduates have continued on to a teacher training course and are now teaching.

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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