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Modules Covered The challenging and absorbing modules are as follows: Level 1: Personal Development Planning Professional Practitioner, Introduction to Research (ethics and research methods, Children and Childhood (historical perspectives of childhood), Enabling Play Environments, Challenges, Risk & Safety, Playwork Theory & Practice 1, and Understanding Children. Level 2: Anti-Bias Practice & Inclusion, Children`s Rights, Practitioner Research (a small research project), Professional Play Practitioner (managing a play environment), Sociological Perspective of Childhood, Playwork Theory & Practice 2 and Play in Special Situations (includes children in hospitals). Teaching Methods The teaching methods on this course include: lectures, practical sessions, discussions, seminars, presentations and workshops. Work PlacementFieldwork You will either remain in your employment in a playwork setting or undertake 350 hours (2 days each week) in an arranged placement for each year of study. Course Overview This new degree will build up your expertise as you develop the relevant technical, vocational and key skills. You will expand your understanding of the organisational and professional contexts of playwork. Our philosophy is to encourage personal reflection and critical thinking across playwork settings and at the same time, help you to become insightful about your own qualities, inter-personal skills and areas for personal and professional development. Course Structure The programme has two stages and each stage is equal to one year of full time study, leading to 240 HE credit points over the two years. Level 1 is made up of eight Core modules that total 120 credits. The Core modules provide you with the supporting key skills, discipline skills, knowledge and understanding for the programme. Work-based employment or placement form an exciting part of the course. At Level 2, your academic study is further developed with seven Core modules that build on the foundations of knowledge you gained at Level 1 through a deeper understanding of playwork theory and practice, sociological perspectives of childhood, children`s rights and anti-bias practice, law and policy relating to playwork and therapeutic play. You will also be put into practice critical thinking and research skills by carrying out research on an aspect within the work-based setting. This stage requires 350 hours work-based learning. Learning Methods All of your learning on the course includes applying your new knowledge in the workplace. Assessment Assessment methods used include: academic essays, portfolios, presentations, case studies, projects and carrying out action research. Entry Requirements Ideally, you should have a Level 3 qualification, relevant experience in the vocational area and a commitment to the area of playwork. Plus either: A level 3 Vocational Qualification in a related discipline OR Two A Levels plus experience of working with children in a professional setting. NB: Some credit points may be gained through prior experience and learning. Mature students without the above may be considered for non-standard entry. A satisfactory enhanced CRB disclosure and health check are also required. You will be asked to attend an interview. What`s Next? Completion of the course will make sure that you meet all the requirements of the main employers in this field. Our graduates have a range of educational progression routes for a final Honours degree year at Stage 3. More Information Duration: 2 years part-time or 3 years full-time

Modules Covered The challenging and absorbing modules are as follows: Level 1: Personal Development Planning Professional Practitioner, Introduction to Research (ethics and research methods, Children and Childhood (historical perspectives of childhood), Enabling Play Environments, Challenges, Risk & Safety, Playwork Theory & Practice 1, and Understanding Children. Level 2: Anti-Bias Practice &...

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