Postgraduate Certificate in Integrated Practice in Childhood and Youth
This postgraduate certificate course is designed for graduates coming from a background in childhood and youth studies, sociology, health and social care, anthropology, psychology or education. It would suit both those who already work with children and young people and who wish to enhance their knowledge as well as those who wish to enter this field. The postgraduate certificate requires you to study either one of the two 60-credit modules which are compulsory modules in both the Postgraduate Diploma in Integrated Practice in Childhood and Youth (E78) and the MA in Childhood and Youth (F55).
This qualification aims to develop advanced theoretical and integrated practice knowledge about children and young people. It is designed for those who work with or for children and young people in a wide range of settings, and for those with a general interest in the study of childhood and youth.
The aims and outcomes are closely linked to the Common Core for Skills and Knowledge for the Children’s Workforce Development Council, which has four broad aims to:
- support the development of more effective and integrated services
- introduce a common language among professionals and support staff
- begin to break down some of the cultural and practice barriers within the children’s workforce
- promote more flexible development and career progression.
In addition to these general aims, the specific aims of the qualification are to:
- develop critical analysis skills relevant to integrated practice
- provide the necessary knowledge and skills base to understand the lives of children and young people, and how this impacts on integrated practice
- develop appropriate conceptual skills to be able to link theory, practice and experience.
Teaching, learning and assessment methods
The teaching, learning and assessment are linked to the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children’s Workforce. They are geared towards the development of professional skills through a critical engagement with policy, analysis of organisational structures and reflection on personal practice. Multi-agency working and inter-professional practice has a central focus.
Knowledge and understanding is taught through diverse study materials including multi-media. You will develop your advanced knowledge and understanding through critical engagement with material provided in the Readers and reflection facilitated by activities in the online learning guides. Assessment is through tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and/or end-of-module assessments (EMAs).
Face-to-face tutorials, virtual learning communities (in tutor groups) and assignment feedback are designed to build on your academic study skills over the life of the course. You will have opportunities to develop your critical analysis of policy and practice. Key to this will be a developing ability to draw good practice out of theoretical frameworks.
You will develop your cognitive skills through critical analysis of diverse study materials, which cover various aspects of children’s experiences at both local and global levels. You will analyse and critique the ideas that influence current practice, analyse recent changes in the organisation of services, especially moves towards greater integration, and explore what it means to be a critical, reflective practitioner.
This qualification is designed for people working with children or young people as well as those with a more theoretical interest in the subject and if you have no access to a practice setting you will not be disadvantaged in any way and will be able to use examples from the study materials for assessment tasks.
This qualification offers graduate professionals working with children and young people an opportunity to advance academically and professionally. It also enables those with a related degree but not currently working with children and young people to move into the profession and will help those people considering a move between professions within the sector. In addition this qualification serves the continuing professional development needs of senior members of the workforce and those in, or aspiring to, managerial and supervisory roles. This postgraduate certificate course is an opportunity to gain a qualification as you work towards your masters degree. The content of the qualification will be relevant to graduates working in early years provision, education, social work, nursing, healthcare, youth work, youth justice or the voluntary sector.
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