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Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People: pathway

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This diploma of higher education is made up of 240 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

Stage 1 comprises three compulsory modules.

You’ll start with Introduction to working with young people (E131) (30 credits) (now discontinued), which sets out the key principles and ideas underpinning work with young people – particularly those aged 13-19 – in areas of practice where their participation is voluntary. You’ll examine the origins and scope of this work; its underpinning values and purposes; and the changing contexts in which it occurs and is implemented. You’ll also explore the roles and responsibilities of practitioners and policy makers and the issues they face – reflecting on your own practice and that of others throughout.

You’ll follow this with a 60-credit work-based module, Introduction to working with young people in practice (E118)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W03-1,module,E118,,1. This is designed to help you develop practical and analytical skills needed to work directly with young people (individually and in groups), with a particular focus on the quality of the relationships you build with them.

Your final module, Leading work with young people (E132)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W03-1,module,E132,,1 (30 credits), introduces key principles and ideas concerning leadership in work with young people. You’ll explore leadership as a process of working with and through others to achieve shared objectives.

Alternatively if you have substantial recent experience of working with young people and knowledge of the theoretical basis of this type of work, you can replace the first and third modules with fast track APEL (accreditation of prior experiential learning) versions: Introduction to working with young people: supported APEL route (EZL131) (now discontinued) and Leading work with young people: supported APEL route (EZL132)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W03-1,module,EZL132,,1.

Stage 2

Stage 2 begins with the work-based module, Leading work with young people in practice (E218)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W03-1,module,E218,,1 (60 credits), will draw on the knowledge developed at Stage 1, and develop the practical and analytical skills you need to lead and manage work with young people.

Next, in Childhood (E212)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W03-1,module,E212,,1 (60 credits), you’ll focus on modern childhood and the differences and similarities between children’s lives across the world. Drawing on innovative, specially commissioned audio visual material, you’ll gain insight into children and young people’s lives in diverse communities. You’ll examine notions of childhood; the range of influences in children’s lives – such as family and school; transitions from childhood to youth; the role of youth in contemporary cultures; and the problems and challenges faced by many young people as they attempt to establish themselves as adults.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically, it takes four years part-time study to complete this degree, but you can take anything from three to eight years.


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