If you work with children and young people and wish to enhance your knowledge or would like to move into this field, this postgraduate diploma will deepen your understanding and develop your practice. While there is no work-based requirement, you will get the most out of the qualification if you have access to an appropriate setting. You will explore a wide range of issues within a global context, with featured case studies linking theory to practice, including: the family; the law; children's rights; politicised childhoods; participation and voice issues; consumerist childhoods; education; ethnicity and religion; child criminology; child sexuality; and multi-cultural childhoods. There is a strong focus on multi-agency working and inter-professional practice, and you will learn to use critical tools to analyse policy and to reflect on practice in ways that enable you to develop professionally and meet the diverse and changing needs of children and young people.
Key features of the course
•Covers the theoretical and practice aspects of integrated services for children and young people
•Explores the changing policy, organisational, personal and professional contexts in which work with children and young people takes place
•Encourages you to reflect critically on your own and others' integrated practice
Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
•Knowledge and understanding
•Practical and professional skills
Credit transfer is available for this qualification against Stage 1 module E808 only.
On successful completion of 120 credits' worth of required modules you can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Childhood and Youth Studies entitling you to use the letters PG Dip CYS (Open) after your name.
You may also claim the Postgraduate Certificate in Childhood and Youth (K32) if you wish to do so, but not if you have used credit transfer.
Recognition in your country
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