Available for January start

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years, Part-time: 3 to 5 years

Course level




Start dates

January, September, See below †

Course description

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 0–19, to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding. You can choose a specialist pathway relevant to your interests: Early Years, Health and Social Care, or Teaching Assistant. You’ll need to be working* or volunteering in the sector two days per week, or have a relevant vocational Level 3 qualification.

*Dependent on chosen site of study.

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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.

Entry requirements

For information on entry requirements, please contact the partner college you wish to study at.

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Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

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

2019/20 Fees

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

How to apply

Please apply directly to the College 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.

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† Additional information about your studies

Start dates are flexible and include September and January starts.

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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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