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.
Teaching and assessment
Support from your tutor
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. You will be expected to communicate with your tutor and will have the opportunity to meet him/her through regular online tutorials.
You will also be able to gain support from other students on the module through the moderated online forums. You will have a tutor-group forum, moderated by your own tutor and a national student forum. 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 WWYP website will give you the opportunity to benefit from updates about changes to relevant policy and/or the requirements for the different qualifications in working with young people and youth work.
Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.
Support from your workplace
Since this module is a work-based learning module, you will need the support of your regular workplace and from the organisation where you intend to undertake your additional work-based learning experience.
In particular you will need:
- permission to use your work activities as part of the module
- a suitable Work-based Learning Mentor to support you with certain aspects of the module.
The Work-based Learning Mentor is an appropriately qualified practitioner who is identified through negotiating between the student and the employer/ host organisation. The description of a ‘suitably qualified person’ is discussed in section 4.8 of the Work Based Learning Handbook.
The primary role of the Work-based Learning Mentor is to:
- support the student in identifying and securing appropriate experiences relevant to the work-based learning module they are studying
- provide opportunities for the student to reflect on practice through the provision of regular professional supervision of six hours over the duration of the module.
- undertake an observation of student’s practice in the work-based learning setting
- provide feedback on the student’s practice and professional development through the provision of an observation report and an end-of-module report
- confirm that the evidence that student submits is based upon student’s own work with young people.
The Work-based Learning Mentor will be supported through the provision of a Guide (currently the Guide to Good Supervision).
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 WWYP website (contact the Qualifications team on (01908) 653275 for further information if required).
It is important to check with your employer that this support is available in principle before you register.
The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.
You must use the online eTMA system to submit some of your tutor-marked assignments.Your assignment booklet will tell you which method of submission you should use for each assignment.
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 module 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.
Leading work with young people in practice starts once a year – in October. This page describes the module that will start in October 2018. We expect it to start for the last time in October 2019.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Essential Documents