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The PG Dip Counselling Children and Young People is one of the only postgraduate courses of its kind and offers a unique blend of knowledge and skills practice, and provides a pathway to many exciting opportunities within the field of therapeutic work with young people. Read more
The PG Dip Counselling Children and Young People is one of the only postgraduate courses of its kind and offers a unique blend of knowledge and skills practice, and provides a pathway to many exciting opportunities within the field of therapeutic work with young people.

The programme is for you if you are a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist looking to continue your professional development and enhance your career prospects with in-depth training in counselling children and young people.

You will develop an appreciation of the differences in working with this group as opposed to adults, and of the theories and practical skills necessary to communicate and connect with this client group. The course is highly experiential in nature and you will use your own ‘inner adolescent’ and a wide range of creative tools in learning how to work therapeutically with children and young people in both formal and informal settings.

Additional benefits of this course include the opportunity to gain an insight into children’s services and the legal and ethical challenges of working with this age group, a practice placement in a school or youth setting and a learning package which includes block teaching and distance learning, enabling you to study and work in tandem.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1649-pg-dip-in-counselling-children-and-young-people

What you will study

- Module 1: Counselling Children and Young People: Contexts and Practice Settings (30 Credits)

This module positions counselling services and practice settings within the wider network of provision and encourages you to examine and understand the policies and aims of the settings in which you work as well as to work, in partnership with other professionals and with parents.

It encourages you to examine the ethical issues and dilemmas which face those working with this client group as well as the issues of diversity and equality within their settings. It addresses those important areas of safe, ethical practice and encourages you to find a balance between a children’s rights perspective and child protection.

The module incorporates a practice placement and invites you to use this practice learning to address all the necessary practice issues, including those of assessment and evaluation of service.

- Module 2: Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People (30 Credits)

This module has an explicit focus on the skills and knowledge necessary to create a framework within which to counsel children and young people. It provides a sound base in the theories of child development and attachment which affect the child and adolescent’s emotional and cognitive growth, and also examines the social and personal issues which are common to many young people seeking help. It explores the ways in which many mental health problems manifest themselves in young people and equips you with the necessary creative tools with which to address these issues and to connect with young people with diverse needs.

Students may choose to exit the course or continue to complete the
MA Counselling Children and Young People course by studying a research Dissertation.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This course will enable you to become part of a new generation of professionals working within schools and other formal and informal youth settings.

On completion of the Masters, there may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities.

Assessment methods

The diploma is assessed through a combination of essays and skills practice as well as through a supervisor’s report on practice based learning and a portfolio of reflective practice.

Attendance

The course is taught over six blocks of Fridays/Saturdays once a month from October to March with an additional two Fridays, one in September and one in April.

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This multidisciplinary course aims to promote an advanced level of knowledge and understanding underpinning practice in the area of Counselling with Children Young People and their families. Read more
This multidisciplinary course aims to promote an advanced level of knowledge and understanding underpinning practice in the area of Counselling with Children Young People and their families.

Course content

This exciting course supports students in developing skills and theoretical knowledge of counselling with children, young people and their families. It is designed for individuals with a significant interest in counselling work with children, who may be practitioners from health, social or voluntary services who work in some capacity with children and young people, or who may be graduates of psychology and other cognate disciplines, social and behavioural sciences, education, health, social care and related fields.

The course is taught by experienced counsellors and therapists with a varied background, supported by some practitioners from allied professions (e.g. psychology, social work, nursing, psychiatric nursing, law and psychiatry).

Students of Counselling with Children and Young People can graduate with either a Postgraduate Diploma or an MSc.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference

The CAHMS Conference at the University of Northampton is a three day conference, and you have the option of either volunteering for a couple of hours and attending for free, or pay (last year it was about £15 per day) to cover the cost of lunches and printed materials.

Course modules (16/17)

-Understanding Mental Health in Children and Young People
-Core Skills for Working with Children and Young People
-Counselling with Children, Young People and Families
-Counselling Children, Young People and Families in Practice
-Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
-Dissertation and Research Methods

Methods of Learning

Lectures, workshops, one-to-one, private study, online activities, group work, role play.

Schedule

Formal teaching takes place and on one to two full days per week for full-time students and on one full day per week in the first year and one full day approximately every other week in the second year for part-time students.

In addition, there is a three day taught intensive session for all students three times per year (first year only). In addition to this, students will be expected to attend one-to-one tutorials at least twice per trimester.

Assessments

The assessment strategy is designed to include a broad range of assessment methods, in order to ensure that students have the maximum opportunity to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes for the programme. These include: essays, case studies, self-reflective log books, critical reviews, video recorded role plays and oral presentations. There are no examinations.

The Research Methods and Dissertation module supports the students in completing a supervised but original and independently undertaken research and it is assessed through a 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation.

Facilities and Special Features

-The MSc promotes an advanced theoretical understanding of Counselling with Children and Young People, integrating opportunities to develop practical and professional counselling skills.
-The programme equips students with a working knowledge of child development, psychological difficulties in children and young people in their contexts and counselling based skills for working with them and their carers within an an eco-systemic perspective integrating Systemic Family Therapy, CBT, and Creative therapies.
-This is developed through roleplays, small group process and other skill oriented taught sessions. Supervised placement in a counselling context is mandatory to the enhancement of skills.
-In addition, opportunities for students are structured into the programme to engage in personal development, self-awareness, reflective practice and to benefit from the supervisory relationship. Our CAMH conference (see highlight video below) is an excellent example of extra opportunities available as part of the course.
-Our experienced course team includes specific expertise in CBT, systemic family therapy, Creative therapies, Play therapy and Gestalt approaches, who are able to teach students and integrated approach to counselling with children and young people.

Careers

As a professional master programme, the MSc CCYP leads to a counselling qualification and opens a range of employment possibilities up for its graduates (e.g. private practice, educational and healthcare institutions, community and youth work services, third sector organizations, residential facilities). Graduates may take the MSc as a stepping stone towards further postgraduate study (e.g. Clinical Doctorate).

For students with a first degree in psychology (which is Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) accredited) further postgraduate training opportunities will include doctoral training on British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited courses in Counselling Psychology. Graduates of the programme will be able to work as a counsellor in a range of settings such as healthcare and educational institutions, residential facilities and community and youth work agencies.

For students with a professional background (such as teaching, nursing and social work) the programme will strengthen your skills and competencies and allow you to develop a strong specialism in children’s mental health. You will have the skills to appropriately position yourself as a counsellor and will have a good critical and in-depth understanding of professional practices when working with children, young people, families, parents and carers.

Work Experience - A supervised placement practice of a minimum of 100 hours is compulsory.

On-course requirements

To count towards a professional body accreditation, such as UKCP or BACP, the course require students to undertake a supervised placement practice of a minimum of 100 hours and a minimum 40 hours of personal therapy with an approved and BACP or UKCP accredited counsellor or therapist. A student membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a professional indemnity insurance and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are also mandatory. These requirements imply additional costs on the top of the fee.

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If you want to equip yourself with the knowledge and skills needed to develop service provision for children and young people, our MSc is for you. Read more
If you want to equip yourself with the knowledge and skills needed to develop service provision for children and young people, our MSc is for you. It will develop your understanding of the societal and political influences that impact on children and young people, as well as promoting effective joint working between and across sectors and agencies.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/children-and-young-people

Whatever your background and experience in working with children and young people, this course will help you develop skills to benefit the young people you work with as well as boost your own career. You'll enjoy lively debate through sharing your experiences with your fellow students who will themselves be drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to children and young people. In fact, inter-professional practice is central to the whole course and you'll learn to build on your practice with children and young people to support the whole multi-disciplinary team that may be working with an individual or group, both within your workplace or in a wider social care context.

Careers

Working with children and young people can be a very rewarding and challenging experience and there's a wide variety of settings you might choose to work in. Our MSc will equip you with an enhanced level of expertise to build your career in your chosen sector, whether that’s healthcare, social care, education or other related fields.

- Links with industry and professional recognition
We work closely with a wide range of different employers who provide services for children and young people, including those in healthcare, education and social care. Our course has been developed to meet the needs of practitioners across the whole spectrum of services for young people and children.

Core modules

Safeguarding Children and Young People
Significant Events in Childhood
Research Proposal
Major Project

Optional modules

Advanced Communication
Collaborative Practice for Integrated Care
Global Leadership

Please note that you will choose one of the above optional modules. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

Assessment of your study is through a diverse range of methods, depending on the modules you choose. Examples include essays, portfolio work and production of an action plan. You will, above all, be working towards completion of a major project of at least 15,000 words to receive your Masters award.

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MA Counselling Children and Young People is one of the only Masters courses of its kind. It offers a unique blend of knowledge and skills practice, and provides a pathway to many exciting opportunities within the field of therapeutic work with young people. Read more
MA Counselling Children and Young People is one of the only Masters courses of its kind. It offers a unique blend of knowledge and skills practice, and provides a pathway to many exciting opportunities within the field of therapeutic work with young people.

The MA is a two-year course, made up of one year’s training on the Postgraduate Diploma Counselling Children and Young People plus one year completing the Masters research and dissertation stage. On completion of the USW Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People you may choose to exit the programme with your Diploma, or you can carry on to complete the MA by undertaking a research project and writing it up in the form of a dissertation. If you already have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People, you can apply to join the Masters research and dissertation stage directly.

The PG Diploma stage covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of counselling children and young people; on the Masters research and dissertation stage you will learn about research methods for studying Counselling Children and Young People and will undertake a research project of your choice.

Further information on the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People course is available here

The University of South Wales has an established national reputation for excellence for its delivery of a range of counselling and psychotherapy courses.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1265-ma-counselling-children-and-young-people

What you will study

- Dissertation:
Following the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma Counselling Children and Young People, you will have the opportunity to research and write a 20,000 word dissertation on a topic relating to counselling children and young people.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This course will enable you to become part of a new generation of professionals working within schools and other formal and informal youth settings.

On completion of the Masters, there may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities.

Assessment methods

20,000 word dissertation.

Facilities

- Play and creative materials
- Sandtrays
- Hand held cameras

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The MSW in Social Work is a 2-year, full-time, postgraduate degree course. The qualification is recognised throughout the UK and it’s expected that in due course it will meet the criteria for recognition in the EU and elsewhere overseas. Read more

Why this course?

The MSW in Social Work is a 2-year, full-time, postgraduate degree course.

The qualification is recognised throughout the UK and it’s expected that in due course it will meet the criteria for recognition in the EU and elsewhere overseas. The course is based on the Standards in Social Work Education (SiSWE) and is to be validated by social work's professional body in Scotland, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

The course provides a stimulating blend of university-based teaching and agency-based learning opportunities across both years.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/socialwork/

You’ll study

You'll undertake a range of taught modules, a dissertation and assessed placements in a range of social work service settings.

Work towards the Masters dissertation is mostly scheduled for the period beyond Year 2 of the programme. You’ll be told of the arrangements during year 1.

Teaching staff

The School of Social Policy and Social Work has a long and rich tradition of education, research and consultancy in social work. It brings together a staff group with extensive experience in the varied areas of social work practice i.e. children and families, criminal justice social work and community care.

Facilities

The Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (a multi-million pound development funded by the Scottish Government to support research and training in residential child care), the Centre for the Child and Society, and Community Care Works are all based within the School and contribute to teaching in the course as well as to research and consultancy.

Relevant work experience

We normally expect you to have had at least six months full-time work experience, or its equivalent in part-time work, at the point of the application.

We’re more concerned with the quality of experience than whether or not it’s paid. It’s useful to think about experience in three dimensions - duration, range and depth. While longer and more diverse experience is of great value, depth (or quality) is perhaps more important since this is what allows learning and professional development. Often experience is "deeper" in contexts where supervision is offered regularly, allowing for in-depth discussion in practice issues and dilemmas. Undertaking relevant reading and training while working often helps people to "deepen" the quality of their work experience.

- Criteria for work experience
The following indicate the kinds of criteria we look at in considering the relevance and suitability of your work experience:
- does it involve direct contact with people either as service users e.g. individuals, families or groups where the focus is on helping them live with or manage major difficulties in their lives, or in stimulating collaborative ventures to seek social change?

- does it develop critical awareness of the range, depth and complexity of social and personal problems and the variety of individual and agency responses which can address these?

- does it develop basic knowledge of the functions of social work, social care and/or community development agencies?

- does it develop skills in helping other people in difficulty e.g. skills in identifying and assessing problems, jointly planning and supporting a response to them or coping with stress?

- does it provide opportunities to reflect on, and take action to combat, discrimination and oppression in people's lives?

- does it generate an awareness, and an ability to act in the light of the value dilemmas involved in both helping activities and social change activities e.g. reflecting on the tensions between individual rights and freedoms and collective social obligations?

- Relevant work settings:
- work may be undertaken in a wide variety of settings e.g. community-based offices, residential provision, day care services, community organisations.
- work may be carried out with a range of client groups. These will commonly be people who experience various forms of disadvantage.
- it should be supervised by a member of staff of the status and experience to provide a reference indicating suitability for entry to social work education.

Personal qualities

The kinds of personal qualities which we look for in an applicant include:
- the ability to convey genuine warmth and interest in people
- an ability to see strengths and potential in even the most difficult circumstances and people
- a genuine interest in difference and diversity and an obvious ability to adapt and change
- a willingness to question conformity and risk discomfort in challenging attitudes which encourage discrimination and complacency
- the ability to support people who live with difficult, sometimes worsening circumstances
- an ability to help people set and follow their own agendas while being capable of asserting your authority where their welfare requires it
- being level-headed and helpful in the face of people's distress, pain and anger, even when it's turned on you
- a quiet confidence in your own ability and the capacity to argue and defend your views in a constructive way
- satisfaction in helping manage and, where possible, resolve conflict, but never at the expense of sacrificing the interests of vulnerable people
- taking enjoyment from both using your own initiatives as well as working accountably as part of team
- the ability to accept constructive criticism and learn from your mistakes
- a passion to fight for the rights of disadvantaged people

Communication skills

The communication skills which we would expect all applicants to demonstrate would include the capacity to:
- engage appropriately with a wide range of people
- communicate expressively, fluently and convincingly in verbal and written form
- understand, calculate and present accurately, basic numerical and financial information
- possess at least a basic understanding of information and communication technology and be able to acquire sufficient competence by the end of year 1/level 1 of the course

Age

There are no specific age restrictions for undertaking the course although funding bodies may impose an upper limit. Employability on course completion is a factor in selection.

Professional suitability

All entrants must register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and meet suitability criteria regarding offending history, employment record etc.

Overseas students

As with home students, overseas applicants should be able to demonstrate their motivation, aptitude and preparedness for social work training. You must have substantial relevant paid or voluntary work experience. In addition, you must have a recognised degree or an equivalent qualification.

Application for entry to the course must be made through UCAS. The subsequent selection process is broadly the same as for UK and EC applicants. However, in order to ensure that applications from out-with the UK are given full consideration it is advisable that in addition to applying to UCAS you should send additional information directly to us. This should include:
- detailed information about degrees held and the awarding institution(s)
- where English is a second language please provide information about your levels of proficiency in English
- details of work experience, with particular reference to the aspects referred to in the guidelines on work experience
- a statement about reasons for wanting to study in the UK
- financial arrangements for meeting the cost of tuition fees and living expenses during the two year course
- an indication that you would be available to come to the UK for interview. Applicants who are not able to come for interview may be asked to supply additional written material and/or references.

Learning & teaching

The teaching and learning approach is student-centred and aims to promote reflective learning. Our key approach is problem-based learning which is universally recognised as an effective way of developing the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed by busy professionals.

The course is taught through lectures, seminar groups, simulations and individual skills rehearsal with a commitment to use interactive e-learning wherever relevant. At the heart of the course is practice learning in social work service agencies with formally assessed placements being undertaken in both years.

Assessment

Our assessment methods consist of regular feedback on specific tasks related to teaching and learning as you work through a module.

Modules are formally assessed in a range of different ways, including essay, report, presentations and peer group assessments.

Careers

Qualified social workers are increasingly valued. Promotion and career development opportunities are excellent. Social workers can be found in:
- Local authorities - from main-grade workers to directorate level. Social workers will be providing, managing, purchasing and organising services to people with very diverse needs across the life span in different settings

- Voluntary organisations - at all levels, usually working in relatively specialist ways with children and young people with particularly challenging needs, as well as vulnerable adults, especially those with learning disabilities and those affected by mental health issues. Settings and contexts vary as widely as in local authorities.

- Private sector - often at senior practitioner and management level with services focusing on home-based support to vulnerable adults and residential services to older people as well as foster care support and services to people with offending histories.

- Central government - experienced social work managers advise and support ministers in monitoring and developing social work services.

- Social work regulation - a range of independent bodies, like the Care Inspectorate and Scottish Social Services Council employ social workers at a senior level to lead and manage registration and inspection of social work services to ensure they meet appropriate standards.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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Do you want to contribute to the improvement of physical and mental health outcomes for children? The health and social care needs of children and young people are increasingly acute and complex, requiring services provided by professionals working in a range of roles and settings. Read more
Do you want to contribute to the improvement of physical and mental health outcomes for children? The health and social care needs of children and young people are increasingly acute and complex, requiring services provided by professionals working in a range of roles and settings. Equip yourself with the enhanced knowledge and skills to make a difference with MSc Contemporary Healthcare (Children and Young People).

Key features

-Advance your knowledge and skills to enable you to contribute effectively to the improvement of physical and mental health outcomes for children and young people.
-Focus on modules suitable for health and social care practitioners in a range of settings who are responsible for supporting, delivering and managing the care needs of children and young people and their families.
-Enhance your professional practice by developing a critical, analytical and creative approach.
-Develop your clinical decision-making and leadership skills in a range of situations and contexts both independently and within multi-professional/ multi-agency teams.
-Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of their subject knowledge.
-Design and carry out research that will contribute to child- and/or family-centred care.
-Benefit from the flexibility our programme offers. Depending on your choice of modules, you may be able to complete aspects of your course through face-to-face contact, APEL or work-based learning.
-Balance work and further education with our programme by studying part time.

Course details

This programme is designed to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills in the holistic care of children and young people in a range of settings.

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits. You’ll study three child-specific modules worth 20 credits each, normally: enhanced knowledge and skills in children’s high dependency care; management of children/young people requiring urgent or emergency care; and the child and young person with mental health needs, although other relevant modules will be considered on an individual basis.

Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits. 100 of these will be made up from five core modules, each worth 20 credits (three from Year 1 and two from Year 2): advancing research knowledge in practice 1 and advancing research knowledge in practice 2.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in an area of study related to children and young people.

Please note: availability of modules may vary according to demand; module dates are therefore subject to change.

Year 1
You will need to undertake three 20 credit pathway specific modules from those listed below, normally during Year 1 of the programme. Please note that if you are based in a community setting, module MCH511 ‘Work Based Learning in Community Contexts’ can replace IMS544. This cannot replace any other module. For further information on this please contact the Professional Development Unit.
Optional modules
-IMS544 Enhanced Knowledge and Skills in Children's High Dependency Care
-UEC706 Management of Children/Young People Requiring Urgent or Emergency Care
-MCH512 The Child and Young Person with Mental Health Needs

Year 2
One 20 credit optional module to be chosen.

Final year
-MCH504 - Dissertation

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Advances in medical care and technology now mean that many more children are living with complex health care needs and life limiting illness. Read more
Advances in medical care and technology now mean that many more children are living with complex health care needs and life limiting illness. This programme is designed to develop expertise in those caring for and supporting children and their families in a variety of settings. The Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Education, Psychology and Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work have combined their expertise to create new and innovative programmes, under the Improving Children’s Lives initiative, which will allow students to develop into leadership positions where they can improve children’s lives in real terms.

We anticipate the course will appeal to a variety of people already working in relevant organisations, including children’s nurses and allied health professionals involved in caring for children and young people within the health and social care system, as well as those working for NGOs and charitable organisations, whose focus is supporting children and young people with complex health needs and their families. The programme has been constructed to enable students to pursue individual interests and to maximise the range of modules available to students - within the School of Nursing & Midwifery and in the other schools collaborating in the Improving Children’s Lives initiative.

The overall aim of the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s MSc in Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs is to offer high quality supportive teaching and learning environments that provide graduates with:
1. Skills necessary to promote and sustain innovative and emerging practice.
2. Intellectual and transferable skills necessary to function in positions of leadership and caring for children and young people with complex health needs.
3. Skills enabling graduates to critically review and introduce current evidence to practice or other investigative strategies relevant to caring for children and young people with complex health needs and their families.
4. Extensive research through execution of a Dissertation relating to caring for children and young people with complex health needs.

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MA Working for Children and Young People is for those who are professionally qualified in youth work at undergraduate level and looking for professional and academic progression. Read more
MA Working for Children and Young People is for those who are professionally qualified in youth work at undergraduate level and looking for professional and academic progression.

What makes the MA Working for Children and Young People so different is its focus on inter professional practice, and how the needs of children, young people, families and communities can best be met in a rapidly changing policy, strategic and operational context.

The postgraduate course may interest graduates wishing to study a contemporary, relevant and challenging postgraduate programme who have studied related subjects, such as education, social care, health, youth offending, sports or community development or the voluntary sector.

You will recognise the increasing responsibility for those working in socio-educational, voluntary and third sector public services to collaborate in an increasing variety of inter and multiagency contexts. You will explore the benefits of exchanges of professional information and coordination of service responses to children, young people, families and communities. You will also study the ethical dimensions required to work effectively in inter-professional teams of service providers, whilst also learning about safeguarding and European models of practice with children and young people.

The additional strengths of this Masters programme include its focus on the development of critical thinking and leadership skills, and a greater understanding of the policy and practice context of this specific area of professional work.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1241-ma-working-for-children-and-young-people

What you will study

As a student on the programme you will study the following core modules:
- Building Effective Partnerships
- Ethics, Reflection and Safeguarding
- Supervision and Support skills (including the All Wales Supervision Qualification for practice supervisors)
- Social Pedagogy
- Managing and Leading Interdisciplinary Teams
- Research Methods and Project Management
- Dissertation (20,000 words) or Internship and Critical Report (15,000 words)

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a variety of written assignments, presentations, group work and distance learning tasks.

Learning and teaching methods

The course can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis which would be perfect if you are looking to balance study and work.

Full-time: one year taught plus dissertation.

Part-time: two to five years.
You will normally be required to spend one day a week on campus for lectures.This will be supported by independent study and distance learning. Your time on campus will vary if you choose the part-time route.

Students can also participate in individual stand alone modules based on your professional and CPD needs. The programme is timetabled flexibly and creatively and designed to complement employment. You may also take the opportunity to participate in overseas study and work experience visits.

Employment Prospects

Masters graduates will be well placed to seek advancement in their own professional areas or seek a change of employment to another professional field.On completion of the full MA programme, there may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales, and other UK universities.

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Programme description

This programme offers a unique perspective: that children and young people’s mental health and well-being is influenced by developmental processes at multiple levels, from individual to socio-cultural and that approaches to working with mental health and well-being need to be informed by this dynamic and interactional system.

By drawing on the knowledge and clinical experience of a world-class department of clinical and health psychology, the programme aims to equip students with the knowledge necessary for understanding children and young people’s mental health and well-being from this unique perspective. The programme will also draw upon many other theoretical areas, including early intervention, health promotion, public health, health and social inequalities, critical psychology, developmental psychopathology and resilience.

The programme is part time, fully online, and has been designed with professionals in mind; the online delivery format and part-time study options allow for professionals from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to develop knowledge and practice whilst continuing to meet individual life and work demands.

The core elements of the programme include both conceptual and applied courses. At the conceptual level, the programme will review different theories of children and young people’s mental health involved in the complex structure of typical and atypical development. At the applied level it will include the application of psychological knowledge to difficulties experienced by children and young people and the critical appraisal of psychological knowledge and practice.

Distinctive features of the course, include:

- the critical integration of clinical and professional practice with current theoretical and empirical developments in the evidence base for, and delivery of, mental health programmes for children and young people;
- flexibility of delivery;
- opportunities for knowledge exchange between range of graduates and practitioners from multi-professional backgrounds; and
- many opportunities for the synthesis of theory, evidence and practice

Graduates of the programme can expect to develop key skills and abilities, which are transferable to a number of professional domains, including:

- knowledge and understanding of the developmental and well-being literature;
- research and enquiry skills;
- personal and intellectual autonomy skills;
- technical and practical skills; and
- communication skills

Programme structure

This programme offers a flexible postgraduate degree designed for recent graduates and professionals who are interested in studying at an advanced level.

The programme is designed to be completed part-time. The minimum period the course can be completed is two years, with a maximum completion time of six years.

There are a number of qualification routes available; students enrol on the MSc programme pathway and can exit at any of the following qualification junctures:

- Postgraduate Certificate;
- Postgraduate Diploma; or
- MSc

Courses offered as part of the programme include:

- Developmental Wellbeing;
- Social Inequality and Child and Adolescent Mental Health;
- Research Methods in Applied Psychology;
- Applied Developmental Psychopathology;
- Trauma and Resilience in a Developmental Context; and
- Critical Psychology and Child Mental Health;

The dissertation project takes the form of a systematic review or meta-analysis relating to an aspect of psychological theory, or a psychological model, with relevance to clinical practice in the field of child and adolescent mental health and well-being.

Career opportunities

The programme has been designed to enhance the career development of a range of professions involved in the provision of psychological health and care by improving awareness and application of psychological theory to clinical practice and by broadening the theoretical base from which professions practice.

Previous students have continued to work in, or entered, a range of professions including:

- Clinical practice;
- Nursing;
- Social work and social care;
- Teaching; and
- Voluntary sector organisations

Recent graduates interested in working in the area of child and adolescent mental health would also benefit from this programme. The degree demonstrates a student's high level of commitment to working with children and young people.

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In these programmes we aim to help you develop your practice in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families. Read more
In these programmes we aim to help you develop your practice in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families. You will develop the knowledge and competencies required to be an effective practitioner, as determined by the relevant national curriculum for the Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People (CYP IAPT) Programme. We aim to provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally recognised research environment, nationally recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

The Postgraduate Diploma

The PGDip programme (http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/pgdipptpcypf/) has been developed to equip you with the knowledge and skills in evidence-based psychological therapies required by the UK Department of Health’s Improving Access to the CYP IAPT Programme. You will complete all the requirements of the CYP IAPT national curriculum through university-based workshops, clinical supervision groups and tutorials. You will also be supported to undertake supervised clinical practice with children, young people and their parents. On successful completion of the programme you may be eligible to apply for accreditation of your therapy practice by the appropriate Professional Standards or Regulatory Body, subject to additional requirements as necessary (eg. British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy).

In this programme we aim to help you develop your practice in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families. You will develop the knowledge and competencies required to be an effective practitioner, as determined by the relevant national curriculum for the CYP IAPT Programme. We aim to provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally recognised research environment, nationally recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

The MSc

The MSc programme (http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/mscptprcypf/) has been developed to enable you extend the PGDip programme, into a MSc by undertaking a piece of empirical research. The research dissertation will allow you to follow your research interests in a topic related to children, young people and/or family mental health or a project related to a service-based development need in this area. Supervision is provided by a clinical/psychological therapies researcher with provision available to support project supervision over the telephone or through internet-based software applications to improve access to the programme.

In this programme we aim to help you consolidate your previous training as an effective and evidence-based practitioner in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families by undertaking a research dissertation in this area. We aim to provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally-recognised research environment, nationally-recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

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In today’s global, fast-moving business environment it is often people that determine organisational success. Human Resources Management (HRM) is a strategic, business-focused approach to managing people. Read more
In today’s global, fast-moving business environment it is often people that determine organisational success. Human Resources Management (HRM) is a strategic, business-focused approach to managing people. HR specialists help organisations achieve success by providing knowledge, expertise and insight into a wide range of HRM activities from talent resourcing and selection, performance management, learning and development, change management and employee engagement. HR can be an exciting, rewarding and challenging career that can take you anywhere in the world.

If you are seeking roles within HR, you may find that employers require a qualification that leads to membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This programme is accredited by the CIPD and has been specifically designed to meet the needs of HR professionals wishing to further their career and progress into senior roles.

If you have some experience within the working environment and want to develop your HRM knowledge or have completed an HRM (or related) degree, find out more about the opportunities on offer through the MA in Human Resource Management.

CIPD Membership

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) is the professional body for HR and people development which aims to champion better work and better working lives. As a HRM student you will become part of this professional body and on completion of the programme will be able to upgrade your status to a chartered member of the CIPD.

All students are required to enrol as CIPD student members and to remain in membership throughout the duration of the programme.

Subscription fee is payable direct to CIPD and excluded from the course fee. For more information on the fees please refer to the CIPD Website: http://www.cipd.co.uk/

Students will be encouraged to join, support and participate in local CIPD branch activities. These are the Northampton and Milton Keynes/Bedfordshire groups. Although you will, officially, be a member of only one CIPD group, you are welcome to attend any of the group meetings some of which will be delivered by Northants branch as part of the programme.

For more information on the local branch see the Northampton (http://www.cipd.co.uk/local/midlands-area-partnership/northamptonshire/default.aspx) or Milton Keynes/Bedfordshire (http://www.cipd.co.uk/local/bedfordshire-milton-keynes/) websites.

Course content

The aim of this course is to develop you as an HR professional. You will be introduced to specialised knowledge and research evidence giving you an in depth understanding of successful people management in organisations. Perhaps more importantly, you will practice the tools and techniques of strategic and operational HRM giving you practical, insight-driven experience which will help further your career.

The modules on this course are designed to provide you with expert knowledge of distinct HR subject areas together with exposure to contemporary debates, policies and practices, keeping you at the forefront of developments in your field.

You will develop an understanding of HRM within a range of organisational contexts, and you will be equipped with the analytical and diagnostic skills required of HR professionals.

In addition to the modules making up this course you will attend a two day off-site residential at the end of the taught programme focusing specifically on skills development activities. Attendance at the residential is a course requirement and the cost is included in the course fees.

Semester 1

HRM in Context – You will explore HRM in a business context to develop your understanding of the increasingly complex environments HR must work within both inside and external to organisations. This module allows learners to develop analysis skills to facilitate informed choices on which strategies may be most and least appropriate.

Investigating a Business Issue – You will diagnose and investigate a live business issue from a HR perspective, locate the issue within the body of contemporary knowledge, collect and analyse data, derive supportable conclusions and make practical and actionable recommendations for change and enhancement of current practice.

Resourcing and Talent Management – You will evaluate strategies for resourcing and managing talent within the organisation. There is a focus on activities concerned with resourcing the organisation; the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, and also on the strategic aspects of planning an organisation’s long and short term human resource requirements. This requires analysis of external labour markets and considerations of flexibility, as well as consideration of how internal labour markets may be made more productive and effective.

Performance Management – You will investigate the management of employee performance within the organisation, exploring the evidence that people are a major source of competitive advantage and the challenge of how best to develop and manage people to maximize their performance. You will assess the major systems for enhancing the performance of employees at all levels and advise organisations on the most appropriate methods for managing performance.

Semester 2

Leading Managing and Developing People – You will analyse key factors in leading, managing and developing people for organisational success. Every organisation is made up of individuals whose behaviour, individually or collectively will impact on its ability to succeed. Organisational performance can be enhanced and competitive advantage increased through the strategic management, leadership and development of people. This module enables you to gain an in-depth knowledge of HRM and HRD and to explore major themes from the growing literature and research in this subject area.

Learning and Talent Development – You will develop a critical understanding of the role and influence of a range of contextual factors associated with the design, delivery and evaluation of learning and development in a variety of organisational contexts. You will also explore and evaluate the contribution of learning and talent development strategies and practices in meeting the aspirations, ambitions and objectives of the organization and the individual. This is a seven week module.

Employment Relations – You will develop and reflect upon your knowledge and understanding of Employment Relations from a number of different perspectives. The holistic significance of employment relations within an organisation is emphasised together with the importance of aligning HR policies with business strategy, change processes, employee voice and involvement practices. Good employee relations are important for an organisation’s success in the achievement of its business objectives and for gaining employee commitment to those objectives. Increasing legislation in this area has also brought pressure to develop appropriate managerial strategies to ensure employee commitment to organisational success. This is a seven week module.

Semester 3

Research Methods and Dissertation – In this semester you will work on completing a 16,000 word dissertation. You will undertake this as self-study and you will be allocated a supervisor who will guide and support you through this process. Meetings with your supervisor are not compulsory but are strongly recommended.

At the end of teaching you will undertake a two day residential course that will explore how to put all the skills from the course into developing good HR practices.

Course modules (16/17)

-HRM in Context
-Leading, Managing and Developing People
-Investigating a Business Issue
-Performance Management
-Dissertation and Research Methods
-Resourcing and Talent Management
-Learning and Talent Development
-Employment Relations

Methods of Learning

The learning and teaching style on this course is designed to enable you to take responsibility for your own learning and skills development within a caring environment facilitated by high quality academic support from tutors. You will be introduced to much of the core course content through activities that can be undertaken in your own time, off campus. These will usually be facilitated through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment – a web-based portal where you will be able to participate in learning activities, on-line discussions, reading and reflection. During on-campus sessions, the emphasis will be on participative and interactive activities designed to consolidate and develop your understanding through debate, discussion, role-play and participation in events such as guest speakers and a mock employment tribunal.

The course uses a carefully balanced combination of in-course assignments designed to enrich your learning which include business projects, reflective activities, group work presentation, examinations and a substantial research dissertation

This course usually has a diverse student group and this diversity provides a rich basis for sharing of different experiences and thinking on organisational and people issues. Peer networking and action learning sets will be facilitated and encouraged to maximise the learning to be gained from different student experiences.

Full-time students will take four modules in both Semester 1 and 2, part-time students will take two modules in both Semester 1 and 2.

Each module will require you to attend a three hour workshop per week.

For full-time students, taught sessions will normally be delivered over two days each week. For part-time students, it would normally be one day per week.

To maximise chances of success on this course, we recommend students spend approximately 12 hours a week per module in self-directed study time to prepare for the sessions and complete assignments.

Assessments

Assessment will be undertaken by a range of methods including written assignments, business reports, projects, reflective activities, group work, presentations and examinations.

The 16,000 word Dissertation is a major component of this course and allows students to demonstrate a range of knowledge, skills and insight in their chosen topic area.

Facilities and Special Features

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Europe’s largest professional body supporting and developing those responsible for the management and development of people within organisations. The MA HRM reflects and incorporates CIPD knowledge and competence requirements. Completing the MA HRM will provide you with the underpinning knowledge required for Chartered CIPD membership. If you have the relevant experience you can then apply for full membership based on your workplace activities and behaviours through the CIPD.

Careers

The MA HRM opens the way for a career in HRM/HRD. The programme provides opportunities for individuals to develop enhanced, specialist, higher level knowledge, skills and leadership capabilities and equips students with enhanced career pathways in the HRM/HRD field within different organisational contexts.

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This specialist creative writing MA is designed for writers for children, teenagers and young adults who aim to complete a novel, series of picture books or shorter stories for young children. Read more
This specialist creative writing MA is designed for writers for children, teenagers and young adults who aim to complete a novel, series of picture books or shorter stories for young children. It is a practical course, taught by experienced lecturers who are all published children's writers and/or industry professionals.

The course is for writers for children of all ages, from the picture-book age through to young adult (YA). Prose fiction is likely to be the main area studied, but students will have the chance to look at writing in all forms, including poetry, picture book texts and narrative non-fiction for young people.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

The course supports you to create a significant body of writing, with practical plans for its place in the real world of publishing. It is based on the principle that most writers learn and benefit from working closely with their fellow writers, in a disciplined supportive setting, and with tutors who are practising and published writers in their field. Most of our students aim to complete a novel by the end of the MA.

The writing workshop is at the heart of the course. What you’ll do with tutors and your fellow writers in a workshop situation is learn to see your work through objective eyes and to think clearly about the different strategies you might adopt. You learn from each other’s mistakes and successes as well as your own. You will be urged to try things out, take risks and experiment, and reflect on and discuss the writing process. The context modules help you to see your own writing in the wider context of published children’s writing. The course encourages you to read widely and analytically.

MODULES

In the first trimester’s writing workshop you’ll explore a variety of forms of writing, gaining a sense of different age ranges and styles of writing and experimenting with your own writing. The context module is Writing for Young People: Forms, Ages and Stages and it is concerned with the writer’s relationship with their audience, and will help you understand some of the issues raised by writing for young people.

In the second trimester, you'll be asked to choose your area of writing and use the workshop’s feedback and encouragement to explore it in more depth. You will bring short excerpts from your work-in-progress for discussion and feedback in the group. You may continue to experiment with different ideas for other stories.The second trimester's Context Module is Contemporary Children's Publishing, which aims to give a realistic grasp of the choices open to new writers in the field.

In the third trimester, you'll continue to write your work-in-progress, developing a manuscript as near to publishable quality as possible. The manuscript may be a novel, picture book texts, or a collection of stories or poems.

For more information on module and course structure please go to our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-writing-for-young-people/

TEACHING METHODS

Modules are normally taught via tutor-led writing workshops, with one three-hour session each week for the eleven weeks of each taught trimester, at the Corsham Court campus. We aim to keep the writing workshops small – usually no more than eight students – so that there is sufficient time, support and attention for each person’s work.

ASSESSMENT

The assessed coursework for each Writing Workshop is a folder of creative writing plus a short reflective commentary. The manuscript is 35,000-40,000 words, or the equivalent in poetry or picture book texts.

TUTORS

This course is taught by publishing writers and depending on timetables will include:

• Julia Green: her novels for young adults include Blue Moon, Baby Blue and Hunter’s Heart (Puffin), Breathing Underwater, Drawing with Light and Bringing the Summer (Bloomsbury)and her most recent novel for younger children is Tilly’s Moonlight Fox (Oxford University Press).
• Lucy Chrisopher: prize winning author of Stolen and The Killing Woods for YA readers, and Flyaway for younger teens ( Chicken House).
• Steve Voake: his novels include The Dreamwalker's Child, The Web of Fire, The Starlight Conspiracy, Blood Hunters, Fight Back and Dark Woods (Faber & Faber), plus his Daisy Dawson and Hooey Higgins series for younger readers (Walker Books).

For the full list of our fantastic staff and tutors please visit our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-writing-for-young-people/

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates have achieved publication deals with a range of different mainstream and smaller publishers, and many more students have secured literary agents. Other students have subsequently taught Creative Writing at university level. Some have combined their writing with subsequent careers in journalism, teaching, publishing, television etc.

ALLUMNI SUCCESS

More than 30 graduates of this MA have achieved publication deals since the course began in 2004, with more novels due to be published in 2016-2017. Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls won the Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year Award and the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award in 2008. Marie-Louise Jensen and Elen Caldecott were shortlisted for the 2009 Waterstones Prize. Elen Caldecott, Clare Furniss, Gill Lewis and Jim Carrington have been long-listed for the Carnegie award. Sally Nicholls was short-listed for the Guardian children’s book prize and won the Independent Booksellers’ award in 2015 for her novel An Island of Our Own. David Hofmeyr was short-listed for the Branford Boase award 2016 for his novel Stone Rider.

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This distance learning course is aimed at teachers with Qualified Teacher Status who work with children and young people with vision impairments. Read more
This distance learning course is aimed at teachers with Qualified Teacher Status who work with children and young people with vision impairments.

The aims of the programme are:

To develop knowledge, understanding and skills to enable professionals to work confidently and effectively with children and young people who have vision impairments in a variety of settings, their families and other professionals who support them.
To develop critical and analytical enquiry-based learning skills to prepare professionals to work in range of contexts where children and young people with vision impairments are educated.
To provide a conceptual framework which has reference to relevant literature as well as government legislation and guidance pertaining to the education of children and young people with vision impairments at a national and international level.
Students will be required to attend University based study-weekends and regional tutorials as specified throughout the programme. The programme includes an assessed Braille component, a teaching placement and a negotiated programme of visits to specialist provision. Most of the module content will be delivered online and as such students will require suitable internet access prior to commencing their studies.

On successful completion of the PG Diploma students may transfer to the MEd programme (Education of Children and Young People with Vision Impairments). This is usually undertaken as an additional year of study and requires completion of a research methods module (4000 words) and a dissertation (15,000 words). An additional fee is payable for this period of study.

About the School of Education

The School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. It is an international leader in education with a history of top rated research. In the 2016 QS World Rankings, it was ranked 28th in the World and joint 7th in Europe/UK.
The School employs over 100 academic staff who teach more than 2,500 students. It is home to a number of departments and research centres with a history of top rated research and is an international leader in education.
School of Education ranking:
- Ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
- Ranked 10th in the 2017 Complete University Guide
- In Top 3 for HEI provision in the Good Teacher Training Guide
- Ranked 28th in the World in the 2016 QS World Rankings
- Ranked 9th overall for Research in the 2014 REF (with more than 82% of research rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4*).
- Rated 'outstanding' in latest Ofsted inspection (2013) for its Teacher Training programmes
- Ranked third for Education in The Times Good University Guide 2017

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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Your programme of study. You study with leading anthropologists to understand a range of human-environment relations in contemporary environmental issues. Read more

Your programme of study

You study with leading anthropologists to understand a range of human-environment relations in contemporary environmental issues. The issues and challenges in the environment make daily news reading across the globe, yet there is a tension between environmental concerns and economic benefit, human rights, landscape value, the rights of species to survive and management of natural resources. This is a very current discipline which will only grow in relevance to the environmental issues of the 20th century and this is where you can understand the issues that affect our life on the planet, in communities and how we utilise resources extra to the environment.

Human beings now live in what an increasing number of environmental scientists call the Anthropocene – a stage in the Earth’s geological and climate development that is dominated by the activities of humankind. Whether in the realm of conservation, biodiversity, evolution or climatology, no effective study of environmental issues can proceed without an understanding of human behaviour on both the large and the small scale.

You may be interested in working for conservation and activism organisations to promote understanding of the environment and threats to it, you may want to work in nature conservation or human centred environmental consultancy work to improve quality of life or change issues before they affect people and the environment.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Understanding People and Environment

Semester 2

Compulsory courses

Reading Environment Ethnography

Field Trips for People and Environment

Optional Courses

Roads, Mobility, Movement, Migration

Anthropological Theory for MSc

The Museum Idea

More Than Human

Supervised Reading

Curating and Exhibition

Work Placement for MSc in People and Environment

Research Design and Practice in Anthropology

Culture and Society in Latin America

Semester 3

Dissertation in People and Environment



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The MA in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People will enhance your knowledge and academic confidence. It provides specialist knowledge in children’s rights and participation and child safeguarding as well as an introduction to a broad range of practical, legal and theoretical approaches. Read more
The MA in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People will enhance your knowledge and academic confidence. It provides specialist knowledge in children’s rights and participation and child safeguarding as well as an introduction to a broad range of practical, legal and theoretical approaches.

Aimed at practitioners working with children and young people who wish to update their knowledge or develop their ability to critique and innovate in their practice, the course is also suitable for recent graduates seeking to specialise in this area.

The course has local links to voluntary and statutory sector provision for children and young people in social work, education and health. It is also part of the European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights and through this provides opportunities to engage with international networks.

DBS CHECKS

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If a full-time student cannot continue their studies then there is an exit award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People which is detailed in the programme specification. To be eligible for this award, a student must have obtained 60 credits.

For any MA student who cannot continue their studies and who has 120 credits, there is an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Practice with Children and young People.

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