What you will study
You will build on your successful experience of work-based learning in Introduction to working with young people in practice (E118) and Leading work with young people in practice (E218). You will demonstrate your ability to plan, undertake, reflect and analyse your practice, drawing on theory and analysis of relevant policy and research to inform and develop your professional practice.
The module will be delivered wholly online and is centred on a topic-based online study planner from which you will link to the relevant parts of the study materials, including audio material.
This module will:
- develop your understanding of work-based learning
- provide an induction to the online learning tools you will be using to support your learning
- develop your understanding of what is meant by the term ‘research’ and the role of research in developing and informing practice
- explore the term ‘policy’ and the changing policy context in which youth work and work with young people more broadly is located
- consider the changing expectations placed on practitioners working with young people and some of the debates around professionalism in work with young people
- develop your ability to work at the level of a professionally qualified youth worker
- assist you to reflect and plan further for your own future learning and professional development, including supporting the learning of others as you work as a qualified practitioner.
This module is the third work-based learning module in the BA (Honours) Youth Work. It is the final module that most students will study before achieving the honours degree qualification and thereby gaining professional qualification as a youth worker in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. The learning outcomes and module content highlight the importance of planning for your future learning and professional development, including through continuing professional development and further study at masters level.
You will learn
You’ll use examples from your own practical work with young people; gather evidence of your ability to work at the level of a professionally qualified youth worker; and prepare to demonstrate this as part of your tutor-marked assignments and in the final examination.
As part of the research block you will identify an aspect of your practice, or an issue related to your practice, that you would like to investigate further and you will plan and begin to undertake a pilot study linked to this. You will also consider the relationship between policy and practice, how practitioners need to be able to respond to policy change and how they can work to find ways of influencing changes in policy. As part of this you will analyse an aspect of policy as it relates to your own practice and discuss aspects of policy with others.
Throughout the module, you will develop skills in online learning and communications. You will be encouraged to discuss and debate ideas and share experiences of practice in online forum discussions. Your learning will be supported by group tutorials, which will also take place online
This module is a compulsory module in our BA (Honours) Youth Work. This honours degree has received professional recognition and provides you with a valuable professional qualification to enhance your career. It is recognised as a professional qualification in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
This module is for you if you are a practitioner currently working with young people to support their informal learning. It is mapped to the National Occupation Standards for Youth Work and will prepare you for professional practice as a youth worker, in a range of roles and settings. You will need to be working with young people aged 13–19 in a suitable organisation.
For example, you might be involved in:
- running a youth club or centre
- outreach or detached youth work with young people
- working in a community-based group that works with young people on social and personal development
- advising young people on health or careers
- supporting the informal learning of young people either outside or within a formal education setting such as a school or college
- working with young people in Guiding or Scouts or in another voluntary organisation.