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Introduction to working with young people in practice

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This work-based learning module focuses on your own face-to-face work with young people. It will help you to develop the skills and understanding needed to work effectively with young people and support their informal learning. The module supports you to use your practical experiences and the knowledge you have gained from previous study of our key introductory OU level 1 module, Working with young people: an introduction (E108), to understand your current practice better and develop it further. You’ll need to be able to undertake work-based learning, and be working with young people aged 13–19 in a suitable setting for at least five hours a week.

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This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2021.

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What you will study

This module teaches you the necessary knowledge and skills to enable you to take a reflective approach towards your work and your continuing professional development.

It focuses on three main themes:

  • working with young people in context
  • developing relationships with young people
  • working with young people in groups and communities.

Within each of these themes you will be engaging in some small-scale practical work with young people that will become the focus for your learning. You will be addressing the ethical issues that arise from your work, including your approach to anti-oppressive practice and safeguarding young people. In reflecting on your practical work, you will be finding out about the different perspectives young people, colleagues and others have on your work.

As you study this module you will:

  • use examples from your own practical work with young people, and plan and undertake new (small-scale) work
  • be required to think about examples of past and current work, and develop as a reflective practitioner
  • learn how to evaluate your own practice, and present evidence of your professional competence for assessment
  • use online forums to support your own learning
  • attend a compulsory face-to-face Day School which provides an opportunity for experiential learning on the topic of group work. There will be an Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) for those who are unable to attend. This alternative takes place online. Students who fail to attend either the Day School or to take part in the ALE will not be able to pass the module.

Vocational relevance

This module defines ‘work with young people’ as professional interventions where participation is voluntary and the aims are to do with informal education. Such work can be within a voluntary or a statutory setting, but students must be attached to a suitable organisation.

For example, you might be involved in:

  • running a youth club
  • working with young people on a housing estate
  • participating in a faith-based group
  • advising young people on health or careers
  • mentoring young people
  • working with a group of Scouts or Guides
  • working as a counsellor or adviser in a school. 

Entry

This is an OU level 1 module provides core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning to help you to progress to modules at OU level 2.

The module is compulsory in our Certificate in Working with Young People, Foundation Degree and Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People, and BA (Hons) Youth Work.

You are strongly advised to study the module Working with young people: an introduction (E108) prior to starting on this module as the study materials refer back to E108.

At the beginning of the module you will need to demonstrate that you have already gained six months experience of working face to face with young people to support their informal learning. This must be six months working with young people, aged 13-19, for one session two to three times per week or the equivalent in an informal education setting during the last three years.

You must also be currently working with young people to support their informal learning and it is your current and future work that you will use in this module.

As this module leads to a professionally recognised qualification, you must be over the age of eighteen years at the module start date and you will need to:

  • be working within an organisation in a suitable setting
  • have support from your employer for your participation in the module
  • have successfully passed through recruitment and induction processes within your organisation
  • meet the module ‘fit person’ criteria for working with young people, including having an up-to-date criminal records disclosure appropriate for the setting and country in which you are working
  • have access to, or be able to obtain access to, the types of work required by the module. This work must enable you to develop relationships with young people; support groups of young people; and develop community engagement with young people
  • secure a person to perform the role of Work-Based Learning Mentor to take on the roles of: confirming that your evidence is authentic; observing your practice on at least one occasion; and providing supportive professional supervision. Your Work-Based Learning Mentor should be professionally qualified (JNC or equivalent) and must have at least two years’ post-qualifying experience
  • your face-to-face work with young people must be for at least five hours per week. You also need an additional three hours per week planning and evaluating your work with young people. If you do not have the same contact time each week, this figure can be treated as an average. However, the contact must be on a regular rather than a sporadic basis i.e. 135 hours over the duration of the module, but a minimum of 17 hours each month.

Further details of the requirements for studying this module are contained in the Work-based Learning (WBL) Handbook available in electronic format on the WWYP website for existing students, or alternatively from the Qualification team on  (01908) 654218. You will receive a printed copy of the WBL Handbook in the first mailing of study materials.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Outside the UK

The module is only available in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, the Republic of Ireland and British Forces Post Office (BFPO) addresses outside the UK.

Preparatory work

This module will assume you have knowledge of working with young people that is equivalent to successful study of Working with young people: an introduction (E108). Before you start this module, you may find it helpful to collect together your E108 assignments and your work on significant activities which may be contained in your E108 notebook.

If you haven’t studied E108, then you will need to familiarise yourself with the E108 study materials as specific extracts from the materials are referred to throughout.

In addition, it would be helpful to ensure that you are confident using the internet and basic office applications such as word processing.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

Written transcripts of any audio or video components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Other alternative formats of the module materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:

  • help to determine your study requirements and how to request the support that you need  
  • Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
  • using a computer for OU study
  • equipment and other support services that we offer
  • examination arrangements
  • how to contact us for advice and support both before you register and while you are studying.

Study materials

What's included

Five Study Guides, (three printed and two available online), the Work-Based Learning Handbook, the Good Supervision Handbook and a module website with access to online audio-visual materials.

You will need

This module makes extensive use of the E108 study materials, including module reader and audio-visual materials.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2007 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.6 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. If you are new to the OU, you will find that your tutor will be particularly concerned to help you with your study methods. We also offer face-to-face group tutorials – where numbers permit – which we strongly recommend you to attend so that you can make the fullest use of the support that your tutor (and fellow students) can give. Where your tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the module. You will also take part in online discussion forums with other students.  

You will have a tutor-group forum, a forum on professional issues where you can seek professional advice and discuss general issues relevant to the sector. In addition, the award website will give you the opportunity to benefit from updates about changes to relevant policy and/or the requirements for the different awards in Working with Young People. 

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

The first assignment requires you to submit a work-based learning support form, confirming that you have identified a suitable Work-Based Learning Mentor and work place. You will need to submit this in order to pass this assignment and proceed with the rest of the module. As part of your assignments, you will need to have one observation of your face-to-face work with a young person/people. If unsuccessful at the first attempt, you will have a further opportunity to complete an observation. It is a requirement that, by the end of the module, you must have successfully passed an observation of your practice. You will also be required to identify evidence from your practice to support your reflections on your practice. You will be shown how to use evidence effectively and efficiently, avoiding excessive evidence gathering.

Work-based activity

As this is a work-based learning module, you will need the support of your workplace. In particular you will need:

  • permission to use your work activities as part of the module
  • an appropriate person to act as a supervisor to help you reflect on your work-based learning, who can undertake one observation of your face-to-face work and who can confirm that the evidence that you select from your workplace exists and relates to your work, also known as your Work-Based Learning Mentor.

Details of the role of the Work-Based Learning Mentor and who is an ‘appropriate person’ are contained in the Working with Young People Work-based Learning (WBL) Handbook, which will be sent to you with your study materials. Note that your Work-Based Learning Mentor should have a professional qualification in youth work (JNC or equivalent) and at least two years’ post-qualifying experience. This includes teachers who qualified prior to 1988 and who have extensive experience of youth work or similar roles. If you are not able to find an appropriate person from within your own workplace to take on one or more of these roles, then you should find an alternative from another organisation. Further guidance is available in the Working with Young People Work-Based Learning Handbook.

It is important to check with your employer that this support is available in principle before you register.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2014. We expect it to be available once a year.

How to register

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept online registrations for this course. Instead, please read the Entry section of this course description and contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

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Distance learning

The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

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Course facts
About this course:
Course code E118
Credits 60
OU Level 1
SCQF level 7
FHEQ level 4
Course work includes:
6 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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