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 hours 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, or alternatively from the Qualification team on (01908) 654218. You will receive a printed copy of this handbook in the first mailing of study materials.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
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.