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Understanding children and young people

Understanding children and young people is for anyone who would like to train to work with children (0–19 years) or who are just interested in childhood experiences. You will be introduced to topics in childhood studies, child psychology, social work, healthcare and teaching. A single family and their friends and relatives are used to lead you through the issues raised in the first three chapters. This Openings Access module gently introduces you to OU study – ideal if you’re a beginner or returning to study. In addition, towards the end of the module, you’ll try out learning online; the perfect way to gain the basic computing skills you’ll need for the next step in your studies.

This Openings Access module is only available if you live in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.

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Module

Module code
Y176
Credits
15
Study level
OU SCQF FHEQ
1 7 4
Study method
Distance Learning
Module cost
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Entry requirements
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What you will study

This Openings Access module offers a gentle introduction to understanding the experiences of children from 0–19 years. You’ll explore:

  • what babies can do and how adults can help them feel valued and secure
  • the experiences of children at the start of their primary school experience and how adults can offer effective support both at home and at school
  • how older children (up to 19 years) contribute to family life, the importance of friendships to this age group and how adults can support their ’moving on’.

The first chapter looks at early relationships and the development of babies and young children from 0–5 years. You will look at how babies form relationships with people around them and how children in the early years communicate and express their individuality. You’ll also explore the transition of starting school. Considering the experiences of young children will help you to understand the world through their eyes and to identify the support that is available to give them the best possible start in life.

The second chapter, which considers children from 5–11 years, focuses on primary-age children. It considers how our understanding of the composition of family has changed, as well as issues such as healthy eating, which has become a popular item in the news.

The third chapter looks at the relationships and experiences of young people (11–19 years) and the options open to them as they start the transition to adulthood. You’ll look at the challenges of being a teenager, the changing experiences of family life and the growing influence of friendship groups both in real life and on the internet.

These ideas are explored further on the website where you can study two more chapters online. You will have the opportunity to gain skills such as working with podcasts, using online forums and searching the internet for information relating to the subject. This experience will provide you with a gentle introduction to using a computer to support your study, and will equip you with the basic computing skills you will need for the next step in your studies.

You only need to use a computer for the last part of the module once you've completed the main three chapters, so if you don’t currently have one you’ve plenty of time to make arrangements. You can use your own computer or one at a library or drop-in centre. Please note that you can study and pass this module if you don’t have access to the internet and a computer.

Outside the UK

This Openings Access module is only available if you live in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.

If you live in England, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or if you have a British Forces Post Office (BFPO) address, we offer a choice of three 30-credit Access modules:

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will keep in touch by a combination of telephone, written correspondence and, if you want, email. There are no face-to-face tutorials; all tutorials are conducted between you and your tutor on the telephone. Your tutor will help you to plan your work and to think about the ideas explored in the module. Your tutor will also comment on and help you with your written work. At the end of the module you will discuss your progress with your tutor, and you will work together to review your learning.

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You can choose whether to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and end-of-module assessment (EMA) on paper or online through the eTMA system. You may want to use the eTMA system for some of your assignments but submit on paper for others. This is entirely your choice.

The iCMA (interactive computer-marked assignment) must be submitted online.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in June and November 2013 and March 2014 when it will be available for the last time. Each module lasts a maximum of 20 weeks.

Regulations

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)
1 Interactive computer-marked assignment (iCMA)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school


Entry

Like all Openings Access modules, this module is ideal if you’re a beginner or returning to study, we will help you to develop your study skills and become a confident learner.

You can study this module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification, or as a standalone module but whichever option you chose, you will receive all the preparation you need to be a successful university student.

The study materials have been prepared with the needs of new learners in mind. No special knowledge or previous experience of studying is required. This module enables you to use your general knowledge and interests, and gradually build up to university-level study. You will develop key study skills such as time management, note taking, reading for study purposes and reflection on your own learning.

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

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Start End Fee
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No current presentation - see Future availability

This module is expected to start for the last time in March 2014.

Ways to pay for this module

Open University Student Budget Account

The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

  • Register now, pay later - OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
  • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your annual fees and spreads them out over up to a year, enabling you to pay your fees monthly and walk away with a qualification without any further debt. APR 5.1% representative.

Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

Employer sponsorship

Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU qualifications are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to achieve one. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

More than one in 10 OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the qualification you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

  • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
  • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your modules.  

For more information about employer sponsorship speak to an adviser or request a call back.

Credit/debit card

You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

We accept American Express, Maestro (UK only), Mastercard, Visa/Delta and Visa Electron. 

Gift vouchers

You can pay for part or all of your tuition fees with OU gift vouchers. Vouchers are currently available in the following denominations, £10, £20, £50 and £100. 

Mixed payments

We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. You may, for example wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).

For more information about combining payment options, speak to an adviser or request a call back.


Note: Your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is based upon current details for  year 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015.
This information was provided on 24/07/2014.

What's included

Module books, DVD and a website where you can access the online resources.

Digital copies (PDFs) of most study materials, and transcripts of the DVD can be found on the website.  Transcripts are also available on the DVD itself if it is accessed through a computer.

You will need

Access to a telephone (preferably a landline) for contact with your tutor; and the equipment to play and watch a video DVD e.g. a television and DVD player or a personal computer with DVD drive.

You will need access to the internet and a computer to study the last two chapters of this module or if you wish to receive and send email and use our online services.

If you have a disability

Alternative questions will be provided for any assignments that depend on visual or aural material. Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and mathematical, scientific or foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. The study materials are available on audio in DAISY Digital Talking Book format. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.

To do the online element of this module you will need to make use of a personal computer and the internet. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in operating a computer or have concerns about accessing the type of material outlined, talk to the Student Registration & Enquiry Service before registering about the support which can be given to meet your needs.

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.