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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course is designed for students registered on the BA Childhood Practice degree with a focus on developing leadership and management competencies.  The aim of the course is to promote and encourage the use of workplace based activities as the basis for academic study.  This course is designed to meet the continuing professional development of individuals involved with working with children and students must be employed in a relevant educational setting for a minimum of 12.5 hours per week. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Catriona McDonald

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • BA (Hons) in Childhood Practice (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will extend the student's knowledge, understanding, skills and values in developing the necessary leadership attributes required to support the management of a quality curriculum. The course will cover:

  1. the concept of quality in developing and planning curriculum provision
  2. detailed knowledge of some areas of policy and practice
  3. analysis, comparison and evaluation of examples of implementation of policy into practice
  4. critical analysis and evaluation of management strategies employed in education and child care settings, including the student's own
  5. evaluation of personal effectiveness in the development and maintenance of a quality curriculum
  6. legislative requirements to ensure quality provision in education and child care settings
  7. critical analysis of quality assurance procedures
  8. effective working strategies for staff development and training
  9. reflection on personal learning and development through the maintenance of a professional journal

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Written assignment of 3,000 words (100%). Part A and Part B must be completed successfully.

Resit: Resubmission of either or both parts (dependent on initial result).

Formative Assessment

Students are required to collaborate online in order to share good practice and give and receive formative feedback within their action learning sets. Tutors also give written formative feedback on Part A of the course assesssment before students undertake Part B.


In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment and in sufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessment is provided to students (typically within four weeks of submission). Feedback can highlight strengths and give clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face or telephone tutorials can be arranged for students who require additional support.

Course Learning Outcomes


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