To study this qualification you will need to be working with young people by the time you begin studying the second module in Stage 1, as it involves work-based learning.
The work-based learning continues in Stages 2 and 3. To study these modules you will need to:
be working with young people, aged 13 to 19, in an informal education setting such as a youth club, scout group, or voluntary organisation, or working in a school or college in an informal education role. For Stages 1 and 2, you need to be working for a minimum of five hours a week (135 practice hours in total). For the Stage 3 work-based learning module, you need to be working six hours a week (174 practice hours in total).You may be in paid employment or working as a volunteer
have the permission of your employer to study, and identify work-based learning support from appropriately qualified individuals in your organisation
obtain the necessary clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (England and Wales), or have passed a Disclosure Scotland, Access NI or Garda (ROI) check.
It is your responsibility, and that of your employer, to ensure you meet these requirements. It’s also very important that you feel confident you meet the specific module requirements at the point of entry to the qualification. You and your employer will be asked to confirm these requirements when you register for the work-based learning modules. If your circumstances change at any point during study of this qualification, you will need to keep us updated.
When you register for the Stage 1 work-based learning module you will also be asked to confirm that you have recent experience of working in an informal education setting or role. A suitable level of prior experience might be six months of one session (two/three hours) per week during the last three years.
As you progress to the Stage 2 work-based learning module you will need to work in a different setting from that in Stage 1 for at least 111 out of the total 135 practice hours.
Note: if you are studying in Northern Ireland or in the Republic of Ireland, your practice hours on the Stage 3 work-based module will need to include a minimum of seven weeks of block placement (30 hours a week).
To study this qualification you must also:
be living in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, the Republic of Ireland or have a British Forces Post Office (BFPO) address outside the UK.
If you are unsure whether you meet these entry requirements contact the Working with Young People Team on 01908 654218, or send an to FELS-WWYP@open.ac.uk.