You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification.
For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate.
However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer.
A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register.
Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
If you work with children or young people and want to progress both professionally and academically, then this module is for you. This masters-level module will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the ideas that influence current practice; analyse policy and organisational changes; and explore what it means to be a critical, reflective practitioner. The module is relevant to work in a wide range of services with children and young people, including childcare, education, healthcare, social work and youth work ? and covers the whole age range from early years to youth.
Childhood and youth studies is one of the fastest growing disciplines in the UK; it's studied by people who work with, or who are interested in the lives of, children and young people, both nationally and internationally. You don't have to work with children or young people to study this module, but you should be curious about their experiences ? including those of migration, disability, inequality and sexuality ? as well as in their digital and spiritual lives. Based on cutting-edge research, this module explores many different contexts of children's and young people's lives in a challenging and rewarding way.
This module will be of significant interest to anyone interested in the lives and learning of young children, including early childhood practitioners. It will be of particular value to those who want to develop their knowledge and understanding for professional roles linked to careers in education, health and social care. You'll explore why the child's voice is important, by considering different approaches to listening, and the importance of children's participation in early childhood provision and practice.
This module focuses on understanding play and creativity in early childhood from different and diverse personal and professional perspectives. It considers how other children and adults impact on the play decisions and creative choices children make. You will learn about how children express their ideas and interests through play and consider how children participate and are included in play and creative experiences. You will explore how children express their preferences through their play choices and the significance of creative spaces in following their interests.
This module is appropriate for anyone with an interest in the lives and learning of young children including current early childhood practitioners who want to develop their knowledge and understanding in preparation for professional roles linked to careers in education, health and social care.
Is this a good time to be young? What does it mean to be a child or young person today? How is childhood and youth, parenting and family life, shaped by society, politics and economics? How are young lives influenced by gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality and geography? This module takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining these issues, drawing on a range of data, debates, analysis, research and practice. It will develop your study and employability skills and provide you with opportunities to debate issues with academics and other students.
The wellbeing of children and young people is a concern to all, but what do we mean by wellbeing? You will explore this through studying a range of interconnected themes such as relationships, health, identity and safety, as well the broader influences of society, culture, rights and learning. With reference to research, the module will focus on how day to day practice in a range of roles and settings can make a difference to children and young people's lives (aged 0-18) and what skills this might require. This level 2 module will also enhance your study and employment-related skills.
Are you interested in how research can contribute to our understandings of children and young people and learning more about their worlds? This module examines the research process through studies with young children, children and young people carried out in the fields of education, health and social care. It explores topics central to the research process such as ethics, diversity, power and the responsibilities of researchers. This is a project-based module with no exam and it will help you to develop your own research and analytical skills using audio, video and online materials.
Do you have experience of working with young people in informal settings such as youth clubs, youth organisations like the Guides or Scouts, or other groups working with young people aged 13–19 years? Are you thinking about volunteering for such a role, or considering a career in youth work? This certificate is an excellent place to start – even if you’re not yet working with young people, as it’s not until you study the second module (which is work-based) that you’ll need to be working in an appropriate setting. The Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People is designed to develop your knowledge of ethics, values and purposes, and the understanding required to work effectively with young people. You’ll also gain the essential skills expected of professional workers in this field, and be well prepared for further study, enquiry and reflection on your practice.