Please note: When planning your studies, please make sure you check the final start date of the modules so that you can be certain of completing within the available timeframe.
The two compulsory modules have limited availability in their current versions. Children and young people’s worlds: frameworks for integrated practice (E807) has a final start date of October 2016 and Critical practice with children and young people (K802) has a final start date of October 2017. Five of the optional modules also have a final start date of 2016.
We therefore recommend the following study order:
October 2015 - Compulsory module (E807)
October 2016 - Optional module(s)
October 2017 - Compulsory module (K802)
As a result, particularly if you are a new student, your overall time to study these modules could be reduced from the standard 7 year completion period referred to in the qualification regulations.
You should be prepared for study at postgraduate level and have the minimum of a Bachelors degree (in any subject) from a UK University (or equivalent).
The research project option in E807 is only available if you are a UK resident as you will need to have successfully obtained an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance check (or equivalent in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). Students in Scotland will also need to ensure that they meet the requirements of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme. Further details can be found at www.pvgschemescotland.org. The criminal record check must be appropriate for the setting in which you intend to carry out your research. The DBS (or equivalent) must bear the same name as given in your post-registration agreement form. You also need permission from your employer to undertake this work. If these conditions cannot be fulfilled then you must choose the E807 literature review option.
Please note: It is a legal, rather than an Open University requirement, that you must obtain Enhanced DBS clearance in order to work with children on E807. This is the responsibility of you and your employer and not The Open University. If you are in doubt about your eligibility, or to find out more, you should contact the relevant agency in your country for more information.