This course has a strong ethos in which the approach during the teaching sessions is designed to accommodate social and emotional aspects of learning.
The sessions will be interactive in a seminar rather than lecture style and will involve making links between theory, practice and policy, drawing on everyone’s experiences and reflections as learners and professional practitioners, whatever their starting point.
You will be encouraged to explore and test different approaches in practical settings and to gather evidence to evaluate strategies, as well as reading widely and critically within this field.
The sessions will include inputs, readings, discussions, practical workshops, role plays, discussions, activities and reflections as a whole group, in pairs and with tutors. The assignments are flexible to allow choice, so as to be relevant to each individual’s concerns and circumstances. Support for written assignments will be given through structured guidance, email and face-to-face advice, feedback on draft writing and formative comments on each final assignment. Peer support and collaborative working will be encouraged.
You will be taught by experienced academic tutors from the Faculty of Education with additional inputs from practitioners. The course draws on expertise within the Family Links partnership with the Faculty of Education which also offers wider networking opportunities and access to case studies and research to enhance your studies.
You will have access to the full facilities of the University and as a part-time student you may find the e-library particularly helpful. There is also a virtual learning environment providing access to a wealth of materials and guidance to support your studies.