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UCEN Manchester

Childhood and Youth Studies

UCAS Code: TY16

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

The Foundation Degree Childhood and Youth Studies has been designed to provide an academic pathway for students or staff aspiring to work at a senior level in the sector, across the private, voluntary, educational or independent and statutory sectors.
The programmes have been developed in response to the changing demands of childcare and the ongoing development of free childcare for children. Whilst focussing on youth and childhood up to 19. This programme will reflect on the growing demand from government to have more teacher led educators educating young children of today.
The course is ideal for those with a passion for working with children of all ages in education or other educational establishments. The programmes explore a number of modules which engage students in reflection from practice and allowing for the students to critically critique the theoretical work of theorist both past and present.
The educational focus of the programme involves students building on existing knowledge and skills to enable their professional and academic development, and supports the concept of lifelong learning and continuing professional development.
There is a clear work-related element that reflects the need to apply knowledge and skills within the workplace and to make tangible links between theory and practice in the educational sector. This will not only provide students with valuable work-related experience but also greatly enhance their employability on completion of the programme.

Modules

Year 1

Child development (20 credits)
This module helps you to develop an understanding of child development from birth to eighteen. You will look at theoretical development to link to child development.

Professional Academic Development (20 credits)
This module is designed to help you learn how to identify your own personal learning aims. You will develop academic writing skills needed to embed with your course. You will engage in personal and professional development planning and, through two pieces of coursework, develop your practice through a short literature review and presentation on a given subject.

Longitudinal Study (20 credits)
This module will allow you to observe a child over an eight-month period to assess the child’s needs and development. You will consider the holistic development of the child and then relate that to the developmental norms of child development. You will present observations carried out on the child along with activity plans that you have designed.

The Importance of Play (20 credits)
This module will allow you to look at the history of play and the theoretical perspectives of play. You will design and implement an activity that will then link to theory and how this will help towards meeting the individual needs of children. You will present your activity for peer reviewing.

Safeguarding Children (20 Credits)
This module will allow you to explore the safeguarding cases that have been with children and young people; you will then look at the legislative guidelines for working with Children and Youth. The academic poster presentation will include information that surrounds all Safeguarding issues and how to spot the signs of safeguarding and how to respond with this information.

Creating Inclusive Environments (20 Credits)
This module will look at creating an inclusive environment for all children and youths. You will look at how diversity can the individual children will need support. This module you will present reflective logs in the form of a written assignment.

Year 2 - Community Services & Working with Families (20 Credits), Understanding and Managing Children’s and Young People’s Behaviours (20 Credits), Leadership and Management (20 Credits), Curriculum Concepts (20 Credits), Industry Based Practice (20 Credits), Research & Evidence Based Practice (20 Credits)

Assessment methods

The course is run in a classroom environment, allowing you to share your ideas and reflections with your peers. You will also receive tutorial support and sessions focused on wider childhood studies curriculum.

Examples of assessments on the course include:
• Personal skills presentation
• Written assignments including essays, reports and reflective journals
• Academic poster
• Personalised portfolio identifying skills development and areas to improve
• Self and peer assessment

The Uni


Course location:

Openshaw Campus

Department:

Care (SPS)

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