In this module we will introduce you to a number of key ideas that you will build on throughout your studies. We will start by introducing the concept of inclusive education practice and encouraging you to explore your own beliefs and values. You will focus on what it means to educate and how inclusiveness is essential to any argument about meaningful 'education' throughout our whole lives. The focus of this module will always purposefully be the interplay between theory and practice and you will be invited to join a community of thinkers and writers about inclusion and educational practices.
You will work with peers on case studies centred on the concept of the family. You will learn how different professions work together through group tasks.
The module is a combination of academic study skills and problem based learning designed to develop your skills and prepare you for undergraduate study. You will learn skills such as critical reading, academic writing and the importance of referencing. You will learn about working with others to solve problems. Learning Outcomes 1) Carry out defined investigative strategies and communicate results effectively in a given format 2) Use a range of digital tools to complete tasks effectively 3) Collect information to inform a choice of solutions to problems 4) Reflect on own and others' behaviours and capabilities against given criteria
This module will introduce you to the topic of child development. After studying the different types of development and exploring the underlying nature/nurture debate, the content of this module will focus on the social and emotional development of children. The issue of how and why children form attachment bonds to their carers (usually family members) will be examined and then the consequences of having these bonds broken, or not forming close attachment bonds at all, will be explored. How pre-school education affects children’s development will then be covered, looking at the advantages and disadvantages of different types of day-care. There will also be a consideration of how wider society and government policy impact on children’s lives. You will learn several established theories in this topic area as well as the research evidence that supports or does not support these theories. A consideration of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities will be included throughout the module.
The module will introduce you to ethical issues within your field of study. You will explore issues of respect for others, cultural awareness, and equality and diversity in your subject. You will be faced with ethical dilemmas and will need to formulate responses that demonstrate your understanding of what it means to be an ethical practitioner.
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of development during the life course, with a particular focus on child and young person development. You will explore a variety of research and literature relevant to aspects of human development. You will also examine the influence of wider environmental factors such as poverty and also the role of the family and how these can affect the lives of children and young people. As part of your learning you will gain knowledge of societal and political factors, such as race, class, culture and gender and how these can impact on the ways children and young people live and learn in different communities.
This module provides you with the opportunity to consolidate and extend your knowledge by exploring further literature and research relating to community development. Our communities make a big difference to the quality of our lives, supporting social connections, and making us feel valued. As part of your learning on this module you will be able to extend your knowledge about issues that influence communities, such as social policy, social justice, inequalities, diversity and disadvantage. You will also be able to increase your understanding of community work in practice in terms of promoting social support networks and building community resilience and self-organisation through community-led engagement.
This module seeks to introduce you to different concepts about what a community is and how it can be defined. Community can mean a group of people that have and share common interests with each other and by drawing on research and literature you will explore the idea that a community can take many forms, such as family, schools, neighbourhoods we live in or in virtual spaces through social media. You will also examine what makes a community and that despite having commonalities communities can be very diverse in terms of norms, religion, values and customs. As part of your learning on this module you will develop your understanding of what community involvement looks like in terms of people participating and sharing ideas within a community and the benefits this can bring.
This module introduces you to a range of theoretical concepts to explore what ‘childhood’ means in modern society. By exploring the interactions between children, young people, families and society, you will consider how the concept of ‘family’, and family practices, are shaped by wider social influences and social policy. In this module you will also explore the the ways in which a family is seen as a ‘haven’, and children as ‘happy and innocent’, match the reality of children and young people’s lives. You will engage with issues that focus on living in a society where diversity and inclusion are key to community harmony and how social policy interventions can affect life chances.
This module supports you in engaging with different perspectives on power, rights, diversity and inclusion in relation to supporting children, young people and families. When developing your own knowledge and understanding, you will also consider what constitutes inclusive practice and equity within our society. By drawing upon research and literature you will be able to recognise and understand the importance of challenging inequalities when working with children, young people and families. Therefore you will have the opportunity to reflect on your own learning of inclusion, diversity and power relationships which will enhance your practice when supporting children, young people and families.
As part of your learning on this module you will be introduced to current debates around safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. You will be encouraged to explore how policy, legislation and research evidence inform safeguarding practice. You will also consider the roles and responsibilities of all professionals to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults, and as part of this you will be encouraged to reflect on how professionals need to work together. You will explore how risk is managed and how families are supported by multi-agency teams, to ensure the well-being of all children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Research is not just for researchers: as active members of our profession, and indeed society, we all are affected by the research of others. Learning how to conduct your own research gives insight and understanding into such work, and improves your skills as a scholar and as a practitioner. This module prepares you for a successful personal research dissertation in level 6. You will be introduced to a range of techniques and theories on how to gather information, make sense of it, and report it in an effective way.
This module will enable you to critically examine theories, concepts and ideas relating to group work and consider their application when working with individuals in different groups, such as professionals, children, young people and their families. You will learn how important group work skills are becoming as methods for learning and supporting people to live better lives. You will be able to develop your knowledge and understanding of different issues associated to group work. These issues include, power relationships, communication skills, and group dynamics. This module makes explicit the knowledge and skills essential to effective group work for practice. Your learning on this module will provide you with the opportunity to develop your employability skills when working with individuals and groups. These include your mentoring and coaching skills, working as an advocate, managing group interactions, leadership and conflict resolution strategies.
This module gives you the opportunity to undertake a placement in a area relevant to an aspect of your professional practice building on your previous experiences of working with babies, young children and families. You will have the opportunity to further develop your knowledge of the current curriculum (for babies and young children birth to eight) and policy requirements in early years settings and how these are applied in practice. You will also observe and evaluate an aspect of children’s learning and development and you will use research and literature to inform your reflective practice skills in terms of your personal and professional learning.
This module will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the role of the practitioner when working with children, young people and families. You will explore and show critical understanding on the impact of adverse childhood experiences and other social issues that may affect young lives. As part of your learning you will develop a critical understanding of how policy impacts on a range of diverse and vulnerable families and the challenges that policy may present for you, the practitioner, in your day-to day role. Key theories and therapeutic interventions will be evaluated as your professional knowledge and skills of family support are enhanced.
This module will provide you with the opportunity to examine youth subcultures beginning with a historical context relating to the development of ‘youth’ as a subculture. You will then consider how contemporary ideas relating to social, cultural and political contexts of youth subculture have moved over time drawing on a number of sociological theories and concepts to explore issues relating to the lives of young people. These include, gang membership, representation of youth in social media, poverty and inequality, youth justice, and the use of public spaces. You will also extend and consolidate your knowledge of how the social construction of ‘youth’ is seen as ‘problematic’ and a public ‘moral dilemma’ and how these labels influence young people’s developing identity and their transition into adulthood.
This module aims to increase your understanding, knowledge and the practical skills required to work with babies, young children and their families. You will learn about policy and health standards to achieve the health and wellbeing of babies and young children in early year’s settings. You will also gain of knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of an early year’s practitioner when promoting health and wellbeing. By drawing upon literature and research you will develop a critical understanding of the importance of creating a healthy environment, and how you can meet the needs of individual children to enhance their health and wellbeing. This will include the development of planned activities and interventions that promotes babies and young children's health wellbeing and safety that enable them to flourish.
This module provides you with the opportunity to explore theories, principles and concepts relating to third sector organisations, such as Charities, Social Enterprises and Voluntary and Community Organisations and how they provide support for children, young people and their families with local communities. You will be able to develop your understanding of the role of third sector organisations alongside the public sector, social policy, social justice, inequality, welfare and inclusive practice. You will also have the opportunity to apply your learning to the reality of working or volunteering in the third sector and and develop a critical understanding of the challenges facing the third sector, such as sustainability and funding. There is the expectation that you will be able reflect on your ethics and values when working with children, young people and families in community settings that will contribute to the development of your professional learning.
This module is the culmination your study and practice building upon your learning at level 4 and level 5 and provides you with the opportunity to develop your expertise and independent research skills in an area of your choice. This module builds on the proposal you developed for the module Becoming a Researcher that you studied at level 5. For this module you will develop your proposal into a research dissertation in collaboration with a supervisor you will be given. The Dissertation will involve you drawing on a wide range of literature and research to develop a critical review of previous theories, concepts and research around your chosen subject area. You will also have the opportunity to explore research methodology and methods that you can draw upon to develop your own research design. You will have the choice to undertake primary research or secondary research for your data collection to provide you with the opportunity to analyse key findings and reflect on what you have learnt.
This module provides the opportunity for you to explore theories, concepts and ideas relating to how young people and vulnerable adults are located within society. By drawing upon literature and research you will consolidate and increase your understanding of issues such as inequality, diversity, social policy, equity and inclusion. You will also be encouraged to evaluate the extent to which ‘vulnerability’ influences social policy and practice within family and community settings by reflecting upon the role of the practitioner when working with young people and adults. You will be encouraged to analyse strategies which can be developed to empower vulnerable young people and adults. Aspects such as democratic rights and advocacy, decision-making, power relationships, health and well-being and protection from risk will be examined to enable you to develop your professional skills when working with young people and vulnerable adults. By reflecting your own value systems you will increase your awareness of how beliefs and attitudes towards ‘vulnerability’ have the potential to oppress others and therefore hinder the support individuals receive.
This module will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the theories, concepts and ideas of leadership and management in community settings. Drawing on literature and research on community leadership you will analyse the views that community leadership and management benefits from being collaborative and participative in nature, embedded into social networks, shared vision and decision making. You will be able analyse factors which underpin the purpose of community leadership and management such as promoting a social change agenda; change in individual or community conditions and social structures. You will have the opportunity to explore different models of community leadership and management, in particular the notion of transformative and inspirational leadership. You will also appraise some of the key features of a community-orientated approach to leadership and management to strengthen connections with communities and build trust in ways that will benefit children, young people and families.
This module offers you the opportunity to learn about child and youth provision and support from an international perspective. You will have the opportunity to critically compare provision currently offered in the United Kingdom and globally. You will appraise reasons for the diverse approaches adopted in different countries from social and cultural perspectives. You will also be able to critically analyse government policy, curriculum ideologies, professional training and evaluate provision in relation to theories, research evidence and national guidelines/standards.
This module will increase your knowledge of learning in the outdoors for children from birth to 8. You will consider how developing opportunities for learning in the outdoors relates to relevant curricula frameworks. You will research and critically review a range of key theoretical ideas and pioneers in order to evaluate their influences upon pedagogical approaches concerned with learning in the outdoors. This will be supported by reflective and critical investigation considering global pedagogical approaches to learning in an outdoor context. You will apparaise the challenges that practitioners face in developing and providing opportunities for learning in an outdoor context. This module will also develop your own value systems and you will have the opportunity to relate this to your own practice and professional goals.
The module explores the historical, social, cultural and economic contexts of children and childhood. You will appraise how the changing social and cultural constructions of children can impact on the lives of children living in diverse communities and societies. You will make critical judgments of issues relating to rights, diversity, equity and inclusion when working with children, families and communities in the UK and globally. You will also be able to recognise and critically analyse what meaningful participation looks like for children and how their voice and sense of place can be promoted.
The module will explore, using a range of theoretical frameworks, how inequalities are discursively constructed. It will critically examine issues around tackling those inequalities when organising provision to meet the needs of children, young people and families across different agencies.Throughout the module students will be encouraged to the critically discuss the ways in which different social groups are represented within society,for example, through the mass media and government policy, and how they are often marginalised and oppressed as a result of their portrayal in society. It will also consider how oppressive and exclusionary practices, used by relevant agencies working with excluded and marginalised groups in society, can be challenged and resisted.