Childhood and Youth Professional Studies BA

Overview
Learning
Assessment
Careers
Entry Requirements

Overview

The part-time BA Hons Childhood and Youth Professionals Studies course is designed for anyone who works with children, young people or families. The degree is perfect for those who are looking for a new challenge and career development, but who need to carefully manage the balance between work, family and study. While studying on this course, you can:

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of children and young people, and the role of professionals who work with them
  • Enhance your career prospects
  • Study while you work

 

What will I learn?

The central aims of the course are to develop your knowledge and understanding of your own area of work, as well as develop inter-disciplinary thinking and practice.

You will learn more about the principles and practice of working with children, young people and families in your own area of work and find out more about what other professionals do. You will develop your understanding of children and young people’s lives lives from birth to twenty-five and how professionals can support them to grow and flourish. Subjects studied include:

  • The development of children and young people
  • Working with others and developing positive relations
  • Safeguarding and supporting children and young people's health and well-being
  • Inclusive practice and ensuring every child and young person's needs are met
  • Principles and values underpinning practice
  • Developing research skills in practice

How will I learn?

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used which help students to realise how much they already know and to develop their knowledge and understanding:

  • There are taught sessions, workshops, seminars and directed tasks, as well as on-line learning activities;
  • Between taught sessions, you will be encouraged to observe and reflect on your own and others' practice, as well as to read and research;
  • Tutors support and guide you at all stages, and actively encourage managers and mentors from students' workplaces to support your studies;
  • Assignments are based on your current activity or interest in working with children, young people and/ or families and can be posters, portfolios, presentations, booklets and discussions as well as essays and reports.
  • Support and guidance is available to help part-time mature students to develop study and academic skills.

Where and when is the course running?

Usual contact hours for part-time study are 2.30pm/3pm to 6.30/7pm (depending on year group), one afternoon per week.

All students are required to be regularly working with children or young people on a voluntary or paid basis.

University Centre Shrewsbury – Years 1 & 2  – Monday; Years 3 & 4 – tbc    

Additionally, you may also need to attend up to four Saturday sessions (10am - 4pm) each year.

 

Learning

Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

How will I learn?

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used which help students to realise how much they already know and to develop their knowledge and understanding:

  • There are taught sessions, workshops, seminars and directed tasks, as well as online learning activities;
  • Between taught sessions, you will be encouraged to observe and reflect on your own and others' practice, as well as to read and research;
  • Tutors support and guide you at all stages, and actively encourage managers and mentors from students' workplaces to support your studies;
  • Assignments are based on your current activity or interest in working with children, young people and/ or families and can be posters, portfolios, presentations, booklets and discussions as well as essays and reports.
  • Support and guidance is available to help part-time mature students to develop study and academic skills.

 

Programme Structure

Modules for this degree:

Level 4

ED4102 Developing Positive Relationships (Compulsory)
This module aims to focus attention on the central role of effective communication in the development of positive relationships within the setting, the community and with other professionals, to support the development of children and young people.

ED4103 Safeguarding & Child Protection (Compulsory)
This module aims to develop your understanding of the importance of, and mechanisms for safeguarding and protecting children and young people. It will enable you to recognise risks and hazards to the safety of children, young people and families and understand the roles and responsibilities of professionals in reducing them. It will help you to develop a clear understanding of your safeguarding role in order to support the learning and development of children and young people.

ED4110 Self-Review and Transition to Higher Education (Compulsory)
This module involves engagement with two linked processes: an initial, in-depth personal review and self-audit, and then the subsequent identification of appropriate personal and professional development opportunities. The self-review element of the module is designed to help participants uncover skills, abilities, knowledge, beliefs, values and assumptions that are held as a prelude to a consideration of future possibilities for development. This will most typically lead to the negotiation of an approved studies pathway of learning, tailored to meet the needs of the participant (and, if appropriate, the needs of their employing organisation). This is a process is likely to involve the identification of past learning relevant to the proposed programme of study, for which an APL claim may be made.

ED4111 Contexts for Learning and Development (Compulsory)
This module focuses on developing students' understanding of the social, informal and formal contexts in which children learn and develop. You will consider factors that might impact on children and young people’s learning and development. Students will be introduced to concepts such as pedagogy and socialisation, and will consider how our beliefs about children, learning and society affect how we work with children and young people. Students will be expected to critically reflect on their learning from previous modules, as well as their own and others' experience, to support their own learning.

ED4905 Understanding Child and Adolescent Development (Compulsory)
This module focuses on developing students’ understanding of theories of child and adolescent development and the importance of using this to inform their practices. Drawing on student’s own experience, the module will consider the strands and stages of social, emotional, physical, cognitive, moral and spiritual development of children and young people as well as the theoretical base for understanding learning and development.

ED4122 - Practice based Learning (single) (Optional)

ED4123 - Practice Based Learning (single) (Optional)

ED4127 - Practice Based Learning (Double) (Optional)

 

Level 5

ED5101 Diversity and Inclusion in Practice (Compulsory)
This module aims to support the role of the professional in meeting the needs of all children, by examining the broader issue of inclusion, whilst having regard for current legislation. Meeting the needs of all children is a fundamental principle and the content of this module reflects the complexities surrounding a modern, diverse and inclusive Britain.

ED5102 Risk and Resilience (Compulsory)
There is a strong evidence base that identifies risk factors that can increase the vulnerability of children, families and whole communities. Some children and young people develop well despite growing up in high-risk environments; others suffer hardship and long-term damage. This capacity to cope with adversity, and even be strengthened by it, is at the heart of resilience. In this module, students will explore both concepts, and how they apply to a variety of working contexts with children and young people. There will also be consideration of the difference between perceived and actual risk and the implications of these for policy, practice and children and young people’s lives.

ED5103 Supporting and Managing People (Compulsory)
This module will introduce students to theory underpinning management and leadership. Students will identify key roles and functions of management and leadership within their working context and investigate how these are used to support staff and the success of their organisation. Students will also consider the significance of ethical and social responsibility.

ED5104 Children and Young People’s Health and Well-being (Compulsory)
The concept of health promotion connects the areas of physical, personal, social and cognitive development. Maximising child and young person health is paramount in supporting them to achieve their full potential in society. This module aims to examine the importance of health and well-being for children and young people, and provides the opportunity for students to develop strategies for promoting the health and wellbeing of the children and young people that they work with.

ED5122 - Practice Based Learning (Single) (Optional)

ED5123 - Practice Based Learning (single) (Optional)

ED5127 - Practice Based Learning (double) (Optional)

IS5119 - Managing and Leading People (Optional) - by negotiation with the Programme Leader

 

Level 6

ED6101 Children, Young People and Families - Contemporary Issues (Compulsory)
The aim of this module is to stimulate debate and promote critical thinking through identification and analysis of key contemporary issues for children and for young people. It will focus on the changing context of childhood and youth, and consider the significance and impact of key issues of philosophy, pedagogy, policy, theory, government policy and initiatives.

ED6102 Principles Underpinning Practice with Children and Young People (Compulsory)
This module will focus on the national standards that relate to professional groups working with children and young people, and the personally held principles that underpin their own practice. It will promote student engagement with their own beliefs and values to inform the way they work with children and young people.

ED6103 Managing Inter-agency Relationships (Compulsory)
This module will deepen students’ understanding and appreciation of the structures, operations and cultures of agencies working with children and young people. It will help students to be able to differentiate between concepts such as partnership, collaborative, multi-professional and interagency working and identify the implications of these for developing their own practice.

ED6105 Dissertation (Compulsory)
This double module provides an opportunity for the in-depth investigation of a topic of contemporary significance and relevance to your professional context. Through this study, students will be able to integrate concepts, theories, knowledge and skills encountered within the Childhood and Youth Professional Studies programme, debate the issues of the chosen topic with a view to raising questions in addition to the presentation of specific research findings.

ED6106 Developing Practice with Children, Young People and their Families (Compulsory)
In this module, students will develop their critical understanding of how and why quality and outcomes are determined and assessed within teams and organisations. Students will investigate and reflect on why and how practitioners, teams and organisations develop their practice and critically evaluate a variety of approaches used within organisations, as well as reflect and evaluate their own role in the process of developing practice.
 

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Students with prior experience and/or learning may be able to claim ‘Accreditation for Prior Learning’. For example, HLTA certification will be exempt you from completing one module at level 4 (ED4111) as you can claim Accreditation for Prior Learning for 20 credits. A Foundation Degree will exempt you from completing levels 4 and 5 of this programme. Other exemptions may be identified after discussion during the application process and/or the initial self-review module.
 

How will I be taught?

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used:

  • There are taught sessions, workshops, seminars and directed tasks, as well as on-line learning activities
  • Between sessions, you will observe and reflect on practice, as well as carry out academic research
  • Tutors support and guide you in the development of study skills

Usual contact hours for part-time study are 2.30pm/3pm to 6.30/7pm (depending on year group), one afternoon per week.

All students are required to be regularly working with children or young people on a voluntary or paid basis.

        University Centre Shrewsbury – Years 1 and 2 – Monday; Year 3 onward - tbc

Additionally, you may also need to attend up to four Saturday sessions (10am - 4pm) each year.

 

Assessment

The programme adopts the following principles:

  • The use of a range of assessments, including case studies, portfolios, evaluative reports, reflective essays and presentations, are used to enable opportunities for all students to display their strengths.
  • All assessments are used formatively to help students develop action plans to support their own learning and development.
  • Assessments allow students to utilise their professional settings as a context for assignment tasks.
     

Careers

Many students gain promotion or secure new jobs while they are undertaking part-time study. It is not just the additional qualification but also the act of studying for further professional development that is attractive to employers.

With an Honours degree, professional postgraduate programmes for many sectors of the Children's and Young People’s Workforce become accessible including Early Years Teacher Status or the Post-graduate Teacher Education, Youth Work and Social Work.

Higher level study in a wide variety of subjects at Masters Level is also an option.
 

Entry Requirements

GCE A Level

UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent obtained from: NQF/QCF Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject

Cache L3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma for the Children & Young People’s workforce

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma

QAA

Access to HE Diploma

Extra Information

Please note: Students will be expected to be working with children and /or young people in a paid or voluntary capacity at least 8 hours/week, committed to continue working with children and young people and willing to engage in work-based learning and studying in their own time, as well as attending taught sessions. However, applications are encouraged from people who may not have the qualifications listed above.

The Programme Leader will be happy to discuss the requirement of the course and assess prospective students for their suitability based on a combination of qualifications, experience and motivation.

The course allows students to join at different stages of the programme through a system of 'Accreditation of Prior Learning'. Students with previous relevant certificated HE study, and/or considerable experience may be able to claim exemption from specific modules and/or levels. Those with a relevant Foundation Degree or Dip HE can apply to 'Top-Up' to Level 6, and if successfully completed, gain a full BA Hons.

Course content enquiries

Vicki Silver

Programme Leader

  • Email: v.silver@chester.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44(0)1244 511602