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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 the child in the wider community.  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 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Catriona McDonald

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • BA (Hons) in Childhood Practice (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (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 enable the student to investigate a wide range of issues to develop knowledge and understanding of the complex interaction between the developing child and their environment. The course will cover:

  • the importance of understanding the diverse ways in which communities are constituted
  • the importance of developing grounded knowledge and understanding of a range of social policies
  • the impact of social policy on the everyday lives of children and families
  • the importance of developing effective interagency communication.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Written assessment two 3,000 words. Part A and Part B must be completed successfully.

Resit: Resubmission of failed components of written assignment.

Formative Assessment

Students are required to collaborate online and give formative feedback within their action learnng sets. Tutors also give written formative feedback on Part A of the course assessment, prior to students undertaking 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 4 weeks of submission). Feedback can highlight strengths and gives 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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