|About this course:|
|Course work includes:|
|8 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)|
|No residential school|
This work-based learning course 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 course shows you how you can use your practical experiences and the knowledge you have gained from previous study of our key introductory Level 1 course in working with young people 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.
This course 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:
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.
You’ll use examples from your own practical work with young people, and plan and undertake new (small-scale) work. You will be required to think about examples of past and current work, and you’ll be introduced to the processes involved in becoming a reflective practitioner. You’ll also learn how to evaluate your own practice, and present evidence of your professional competence for assessment. You’ll learn how to use online forums to support your own learning. You’ll also 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, perhaps because of mobility problems, or geographical location. This alternative takes place online using online communication. Students who fail to attend either the Day School or to take part in the ALE will not be able to pass the course.
The course is a compulsory module in our Certificate in Working with Young People, Foundation Degree and Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People, and BA (Honours) Youth Work.
This course is for you if you are a practitioner currently working with young people to support their informal learning. The course 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 (see Entry below).
For example, you might be involved in:
You are strongly advised to study the course Working with young people: an introduction (E108) available from October 2013 or have studied the discontinued course E131 prior to starting on E118. The E118 materials refer back to aspects of the E108 (or E131) study materials.
At the beginning of the course 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 E118.
As this leads to a professionally recognised qualification, you must be over the age of eighteen years at course start date and you will need to:
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.
The course 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.
This course will assume you have knowledge of working with young people that is equivalent to successful study of Working with young people: an introduction (E108) available from October 2013 or the discontinued course E131. Before you start this course, you may find it helpful to collect together your E108 (or E131) assignments and your work on significant activities which may be contained in your E108 (or E131) notebook.
If you haven’t studied E108 (or E131), then you will need to familiarise yourself with the E108 (or E131) study materials as specific extracts from the materials are referred to throughout this course. Therefore, students bypassing E108 (or E131) and beginning their studies with this course will be required to purchase the E108 (or E131) materials in pack format. Details of how to do this will be in the first mailing of materials for this course.
In addition, it would be helpful to ensure that you are confident using the internet and basic office applications such as word processing.
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.
You will need to make use of a personal computer and the internet. The study materials are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.
Electronic text versions of the Study Guide materials will be available on the award website. It is readable with screen readers and in a form such that where tables within text are produced they can be enlarged. Print materials will be loose-leafed pages. The course Reader from E108 (or E131) should be available on tape if required.
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:
A printed study guide, printed supplementary materials, and a set of electronic course resources.
This course makes extensive use of the E108 (or E131) study materials, including audio-visual materials.
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.
You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.
You will be allocated to a tutor who will give you advice and guidance on the study materials and will mark and comment on your written work. Your tutor is particularly concerned with helping you with your study methods and providing feedback on your assignments. This course usually includes a mixture of face-to face and online tutorials. Although you are not obliged to attend any of these, you are strongly encouraged to take part. How tutorials are held depends on the distribution of students taking each course.
You will also be able to gain support from your fellow students through the moderated online forums. You will have a tutor-group forum, moderated by your own tutor. There will also be 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.
The assessment details for this course can be found in the facts box above.
You must submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) on paper.
The first assignment requires you to complete a work-based learning support form, confirming that you have identified a suitable confirmer, observer, and professional supervisor to support you in your work-based studies. You will need to pass this assignment in order to proceed to the rest of the course. 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, there are two further opportunities to complete an observation. It is a requirement that, by the end of the course, you must have successfully passed an observation of your practice.
It is also a requirement that you attend either a face-to-face day school or take part in the online Alternative Learning Experience instead. You will not be able to pass the course without satisfying this requirement.
As part of your assignments, you will also be required to identify evidence from your practice to back up your reflections on your practice. You will be shown how to use evidence effectively and efficiently, avoiding excessive evidence gathering.
Since this course is a work-based learning course, you will need the support of your workplace. In particular you will need:
Details of just what these roles are and who is an ‘appropriate person’ to take them on are contained in our Work-based Learning (WBL) Handbook, which will be sent to you with your study materials. Note that your observer/supervisor 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.
You may find that one person within your organisation is able to take on all of these roles, simplifying your support network. Alternatively, 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 are encouraged to find an alternative from another organisation. Further guidance is available in the WBL Handbook and a list of employers who may be able to help you will be available on the award website.
It is important to check with your employer that this support is available in principle before you register.
The details given here are for the course that starts in October 2013 when it will be available for the last time.
Students who studied this course also studied at some time:
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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|Course work includes:|
|8 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)|
|No residential school|
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