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Leading work with young people: supported APEL route

This is a supported APEL (Accreditation of prior experiential learning) module for students with substantial recent experience of working with young people, and substantial knowledge of the theoretical basis of this type of work. It will widen and deepen your understanding of the policies, practices and contexts of working with young people, particularly aged 13–19. You will examine the leadership roles that practitioners adopt and the roles they play as members of teams, organisations and interagency partnerships. The module takes leadership to be a process of working with and through others to achieve shared objectives.

Standalone study only

This module is available for standalone study only. The credits from this module cannot be counted towards an OU qualification.


Module code
Study level
1 7 4
Study method
Distance Learning
Module cost
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Entry requirements
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What you will study

You will complete this module in four months rather than the normal academic year. Through the printed Study Topics, DVD and module reader, you’ll explore and analyse a range of perspectives on leading work with young people. Throughout, you’ll be encouraged to review and analyse your own experiences as a learner and a practitioner.

By the end of the module you will have developed your understanding of:

  • meanings of leadership and management in the context of work with young people
  • planning, setting up and maintaining learning opportunities for young people with diverse needs and abilities in a range of contexts
  • supporting and developing individuals and teams in an organisation
  • managing change and its impact on organisations and practices
  • principles and practices of working in partnership with other agencies
  • principles and practices of evaluation and accountability.

Vocational relevance

This module is aimed at practitioners working in a wide range of settings involving work with young people. You might, for example, be involved in:

  • running a youth club
  • working with young people on a housing estate
  • participating in a church group
  • advising young people on health or careers
  • mentoring young people
  • working with a group of Scouts or Guides.

Outside the UK

This module is available in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and who will mark and comment on your written work. EZL132 does not have any face-to-face tutorial sessions, but you can ask your tutor for advice and guidance. If you are new to the OU, you will find that your tutor will be particularly concerned to help you with your study methods. 

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 module can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

The end-of-module assessment (EMA) must be submitted online. The TMAs are not compulsory and your marks for them will not contribute to your grade for the module, which will depend solely on the EMA. However, they will be very useful in helping you to judge how you are doing with the module, and confirm that you are on track to complete the EMA successfully and pass the module.

In the TMAs, you will be given choices of study material to cover, to enable you to concentrate on the material that is new to you. The EMA, however, will cover the module as a whole. You will be given more detailed information when you begin the module.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in February 2015 when it will be available for the last time.


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.

Course work includes:

2 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school


This is an OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide the core subject knowledge and study skills support needed for both higher education and distance learning, to help you to progress to OU level 2 study. 

You should only register on this module if you have substantial experience of work with young people, knowledge of the theoretical basis of this work and a readiness for study at Higher Education level. To help you judge whether your experience is sufficient, we have prepared some guidance (titled ‘EZL132 or E132 Choice document’) that is available from the Foundation Degree in Working with Young People website. If you have any doubt whether your knowledge and experience are sufficient, you are strongly recommended to register on the parent module E132.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Preparatory work

There are no formal qualification requirements for students joining the module. However, if you have no prior experience of higher education, or if you have not studied for some time, we would strongly advise you to make use of the OU’s wide range of introductory modules and packs.


Start End England fee Register
07 Feb 2015 Jun 2015 £1316.00

Registration closes 08/01/15 (places subject to availability)


February 2015 is the final start date for this course.For more information, see Future availability.
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What's included

Printed study materials, a DVD-ROM, a reader and a website.

You will need

The ability to play DVDs.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2008 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.7 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information (including details of the support we provide).

If you have a disability

The module makes significant use of audio and visual materials that are made available to students on DVD-ROM. These can be played on either a personal computer or standard DVD player.

Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed materials are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. The books are available in a comb-bound format.

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. Find out more about our services for disabled students.