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 may have the opportunity to meet him/her at a number of face-to-face tutorials that you are strongly recommended to attend where they are available. Where tutorials are held, and whether they are face to face or delivered over the phone or electronically, depends on the distribution of students taking each module.
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 our Student Registration & Enquiry Service 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 JNC qualified (or equivalent) person to act as a supervisor to help you reflect on your work-based learning: one person for your regular and one person for your additional work based learning setting
a JNC qualified (or equivalent) person who can undertake one observation of your face-to-face work in leading work with young people
an appropriate person who can confirm that the evidence that you select from your workplace activities exists and relates to your work.
Details of just what these roles are and an explanation of appropriate qualifications and experience are contained in our Work-based Learning Handbook (WBL). You may find that one person within your regular workplace and another person within your additional work-based learning setting 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 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 submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) on paper.
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.
The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2014. We expect it to be available once a year.
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.