Working with Children & Young People: Social Pedagogy BA (Hons)

Why choose this course?

This degree will prepare you for a career working with children, young people and their families in a variety of settings across health, social care, education and youth justice.

You will have two work placements with our partner organisations, giving you the opportunity to put theory into practice. Placements will be in settings such as youth justice, early intervention, health services, schools and children's centres. We also give you the option to find your own placement with children and young people in a field you feel personally passionately about.

You'll develop a knowledge of social pedagogy practice, an inclusive and holistic approach to wellbeing, learning and growth. This degree is approved by the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA). 

You will learn about children's law and rights and the importance of safeguarding children and young people. You'll also study child development, life transitions, relationships, ethics and diversity.

During your three years, you will benefit from the expertise of lecturers and professionals from a number of different disciplines. You will be encouraged to explore different ways of working through creative workshops whilst developing your employability skills. Your research skills and creative abilities will be developed to produce exciting ideas to benefit children, young people and their families. You'll have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our European partner universities.

Social pedagogy is an approach to caring for children and young people which combines education and care, emphasising that bringing up children is the shared responsibility of families and society. A key principle is that the young person is in charge of their own life, and the carer works alongside them rather than dictating to them.

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time L590 2020 (Clearing)
2021
Location Kingston Hill

2020 entry

If you are planning to join this course in September 2020, please view the information about changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This course offers practical experience through field trips, workshops and two work placements
  • There is the opportunity to study abroad in one of our European partner universities
  • You'll develop skills and creative abilities for the support and benefit of children, young people and their families.

What you will study

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules. Some modules are taught alongside our social work students.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

In Year 1 you will learn theories and concepts of human growth, development and life transitions, and gain awareness of ethics and diversity.

Core modules

Social Pedagogy Practice Values and Ethics

30 credits

This module provides an introduction to developing awareness of issues of diversity, values and ethics, from an intersectional and social pedagogical perspective. There is an emphasis upon participatory learning through class debate, workshop and seminar activities, as well as interaction with a partner organisation who have a social care challenge to present to students in order to encourage their values-based thinking in proposing solutions to this challenge. These experiences are supported by lectures that introduce the main tenets and theories of social pedagogy values and ethics. The module begins by exploring power, inequality and diversity within society, encouraging students to consider their own social location and its different intersections. The initial focus is on the personal. This shifts to exploring personal and professional values and ethics as learning progresses. Students will gradually develop a greater awareness of their values in situations where there are ethical dilemmas to resolve when working with children and young people, and will apply this to a real-world social care challenge in Semester 2

Working with Children and Young People: Professional Roles and Contexts

30 credits

This module is designed to introduce students to the roles of different key professionals within the children's and young people's workforce to develop an appreciation of the complexities involved with multi-agency practice.  There will be a focus on the importance on building and developing authentic relationships with children, young people, parents, families and carers. It is an interactive module which includes skills workshops and involvement from service users, carers and representatives from partner agencies. Students learn about the role and tasks of practitioners and develop professional skills in verbal and written communication within a range of children and young people contexts. They have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on their on their communication skills, and engage in simulated activities in the Practice Learning Suite. Students are required to engage with different professionals and settings, as part of the module in order to apply their communication skills and reflect on the roles of professionals and the services offered to children.

Preparation for Practice with Children and Young People: Reflectivity and Foundational Skills

30 credits

This module introduces you to a range of tools that will enable you to develop a clearer sense of your personal and professional selves, as preparation for entering the children and young people's workforce. The first semester focuses on understanding the personal self and the differences to the professional self. The second semester focuses on communication and building and developing authentic and reliable relationships with children and young people. You will use creative tools to develop skills in active listening, in speaking and engaging authentically and in developing skills to communicate in a variety of settings with children and young people. Students receive formative feedback on written work and on their communication and engagement skills for children and young people. You are encouraged to undertake relevant extra-curricular opportunities as part of the module in order to further consolidate and apply your learning. This includes volunteering or paid opportunities within the university or wider community.

Children And Young People’s Development, Relationships And Social Contexts

30 credits

The module provides you with an understanding of human growth and development by reviewing theoretical perspectives and research regarding infant, child, adolescent and young people's development across the life course. This module will provide you with an understanding of the concepts of relationships within families, and issues of progression at different stages of life, identity and the life worlds. The module draws on theory and practice from a variety of perspectives including the main schools of thought in psychology and sociology, and explores current issues facing children and young people in today's society.

In Year 2 you will develop an in-depth social pedagogic knowledge, an understanding of children's law and rights, and the importance of safeguarding.

Core modules

Children and Young People: Rights and Responsibilities

30 credits

This module will enable students to analyse and reflect on the concept of children and young people's rights and the extent to which they are able to realise these rights. The module will use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 as a framework to consider the rights of children and young people and the responsibilities of the state in enabling the realisation of these rights. It will focus on different theoretical and practical perspectives which enable rights to be realised and how these perspectives relate to the work of every profession in the children's workforce. The module will also take a comparative approach by considering the realisation of children and young people's rights in an international context.

Social Pedagogy

30 credits

This module will introduce the principles, theories and approaches of 'social pedagogy', exploring its relevance and applications in the European as well as UK context .. Students will learn how the 'social pedagogue' uses a range of practical, educational, therapeutic and creative skills and methods in a variety of settings, including  institutional care, special educational needs, youth and community work, and social work. There will be a particular focus on the role of social pedagogues in empowering and giving a voice to children and young people. Students will be encouraged to develop a relationship-based and reflective approach to professional practice. 

Practice Experience: Local and International Contexts

30 credits

This module provides students with the opportunity to gain practical learning experience of working locally and internationally within a range of children and young people contexts. Students will gain an insight into the approaches and practices used within the placement setting. Students will have the opportunity to enhance and develop their knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches and work practices in the children and young peoples' workforce. Students will be expected to engage in dialogue with professionals in the setting to inform their learning and critically reflect upon their practice experience and the frameworks that underpin diverse practice.  Students will normally be able to select from a range of options for their practice experience. This will include both international and local placements as well as the opportunity for volunteering and experiential visits.

Interprofessional Perspectives: Safeguarding for children, young people

30 credits

This module examines professional and legal responsibilities in terms of safeguarding and protection of children and young people. You are encouraged to identify strategies that may impact on interprofessional policies and procedures relating to safeguarding and protection. You will explore how effective communication supports effective practice in working together inter-professionally with children and young people.

Year 3 will inform your future career through further work placement opportunities. You will work in groups designing an idea which will benefit children and young people and will develop a deep understanding of the research, systems and professional practice that impact children's lives.

Core modules

Practice Experience 2: Planning for your future career

30 credits

This module enables students to explore opportunities and career pathways in working with children and young people and provides them with further practical experience during a six week placement.  The module aims to provide students with the skills to develop knowledge about specific jobs and career paths for working with children and young people and then the ability to apply these skills to investigate other possible careers. Students are permitted to find their own work experience/ placement, should they wish to or a placement will be found for them. This experience will enable them to critically analyse potential career paths in working with children and young people.  The module also aims to prepare students for life after university and the taking up of employment.  

Developing Creative Approaches to Working with Children and Young People

30 credits

This final year module allows you to investigate and design a product of potential benefit to children and/or young people. You will firstly identify an area of interest linked to a current issue, concern, gap or dilemma which may be local, national or international.  You will then use the knowledge, skills and experience that you have acquired throughout your academic studies and placements to investigate and identify what could be helpful for children or young people. You will be expected to demonstrate child-centred practice, creativity, and problem solving ability in developing an idea which will be practical use in working with children and young people in preparation for employment.

Working with Children and Young People: Capstone Project

30 credits

This final year capstone project allows students to synthesise and apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired throughout the course by undertaking an in-depth study of a particular area of interest to them personally which is relevant to working with children, young people and carers. In this study students will demonstrate creativity, curiosity, and academic rigour and show critical application of the theory and their understanding of research and evidence based practice in order to suggest practical strategies that can be employed in working with children, young people and carers.

Working with Children and Young People in Context: Relationships and Professional Practice

30 credits

This module explores the centrality of relationships when working with children and young people. It explores current issues and dilemmas facing a range of professionals working with children and young people, including social workers, nurses, teachers and Early Years practitioners. In this module, students will explore different strategies to support children and young people in professional practice.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

If you would like to join us through Clearing 2020, please call our Clearing hotline on 0800 0483 334 (or +44 020 8328 1149 if you are calling from outside the UK) and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable hotliners who will be able to provide information on available courses and will guide you through your options.

Please note the entry requirements listed below are for 2021 entry only.

Typical offer 2020

The typical requirement for entry for this course is 96 UCAS points, Health and Science subjects preferred:

  • A-levels CCC (General Studies not accepted)
  • BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Merit Merit
  • Access to HE course to value of 96 UCAS points normally achieved with 18 Distinctions and 9 Merits

Entry requirements 2021

UCAS tariff points: 96

Five GSCEs at grade C/4 including English and Mathematics. Enhanced DBS check and Occupational Health Clearance. Shortlisted applicants may be invited for an interview.

Additional requirements

GCSE at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above for GCSEs taken before 2017) in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent qualification e.g. Functional/Key skills level 2 in numeracy and literacy. Our selection process includes an interview. Admission is subject to Occupational Health screening and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check including checks against the Adult and Child Workforce Barring Lists if you are offered and accept a place on the course.

Alternative routes

We welcome a wide range of qualifications and qualification combinations to the value of 96 UCAS points. We assess each application individually, taking in to account any experience and skills you may have in your chosen field.

Typical other routes include:

  • Foundation degree in related programmes 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 24 points
  • FETAC Level 5 Pass in all modules
  • CACHE Level 3 Diplomas 96 UCAS Points (Grade C)

International

We welcome applications from International Applicants. Non-native speakers who do not have the equivalent of GCSE English at grade 4 (formerly grade C) (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2 Literacy) require an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 7.0 in all elements.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching includes field trips, workshops, practical activities, lectures, problem-solving approaches and small group sessions for learning support. We have excellent library and virtual learning environment resources, and a specialist team to help you get the most out of them.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University. 

Your workload

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching: 301 hours
  • Guided independent study: 899 hours
  • Placement: 0 hours
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching: 174 hours
  • Guided independent study: 876 hours
  • Placement: 150 hours
Year 3
  • Scheduled teaching: 194 hours
  • Guided independent study: 807 hours
  • Placement: 200 hours

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.

 

How you will be assessed

Assessment includes essays, portfolios, posters and presentations.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Coursework: 75%
  • Practical exam: 25%
Year 2
  • Coursework: 80%
  • Practical exam: 20%
Year 3
  • Coursework: 80%
  • Practical exam: 20%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Who teaches this course?

We have staff who are qualified Social Workers, Social Pedagogues, and Practice Educators, with experience across a range of social care settings.

Course fees and funding

2021/22 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2021/22 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2021/22): £15,000
Year 2 (2022/23): £15,400
Year 3 (2023/24): £15,800

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

2020/21 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2020/21): £14,600
Year 2 (2021/22): £15,000
Year 3 (2022/23): £15,450

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials, security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free inter-site bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies for 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting in 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

Need to know more?

Our undergraduate fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

Facilities

Our Art Room is a specialist room designed to replicate a secondary school classroom where students learn a range of creative practices for values-based work with children and young people.

We collaborate across Kingston University and external organisations to come up with creative ideas to solve social care issues in the community, so that students are given the opportunity to apply their learning to real-world problems. 

The Practice Learning Suite is a purpose-built facility where social work and social care students have the opportunity to learn and to practise key skills.

 

 

Facilities

Endorsement

This course has a Category 2 endorsement from the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA).

After you graduate

When you enter the workforce, after graduating from this course, your study and placement experience will have prepared you for effective interprofessional working with children and young people in a variety of roles such as:

  • Youth offending team officer
  • Youth worker
  • Family support worker
  • Social work assistant
  • Nursery and Early Years practitioner
  • Teaching assistant 
  • Healthcare support worker 
  • Maternity support worker 
  • Nursing support worker
  • Speech and language support worker

This course is also excellent preparation to progress onto study at postgraduate level on our professional courses:

  • Master of Social Work (2 years)
  • MSc Nursing (Adult, Child, Learning Disability, Mental Health) (2 years)
  • PGCE Primary Teaching (1 year)

Changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19

Changes detailed here are for students who will be starting the course in September 2020.

Course information (changes for 2020 entry)

Composition of the course

We do not anticipate making any changes to the composition of the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, as a result of the pandemic.

In order to safeguard our students' health and safety and to minimise the risk of disruption to their studies, the University has postponed all Study Abroad programmes for outgoing students in the first teaching block of 2020/21. The University will review this decision before the second teaching block and will take into account relevant government advice at that time.

Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Modules

We do not anticipate making any changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Length of course

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.

In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed, e.g. re-sequencing those modules that can be delivered more effectively under the current restrictions with those which would be more difficult to deliver, such as practical modules and placements.

If the current pandemic situation continues into the next academic year and beyond, the University may be unable to offer suitable placements which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will provide students with appropriate alternative options and ensure that support will be available to them so that they are able to make informed choices.

Entry requirements (changes for 2020 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a result of the pandemic. However, the range of accepted alternatives have increased as has the way in which we select students, which now includes virtual interviews and online portfolios.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a result of the pandemic. However, in response to the pandemic, we now accept a much broader list of English language exams for entry to the course; the level of these exams remain the same.

Teaching (changes for 2020 entry)

Change to teaching and learning activities

No changes to on-campus teaching or learning activities. No changes to placement locations.

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

Due to the current pandemic the course's teaching and learning activities will be delivered through both online and on-campus methods (blended learning) in 2020/21. In order to provide all students with a comparable on-campus experience, the University has committed to ensuring that all courses provide at least 30% of their teaching and learning activities on-campus.

While physical distancing measures remain in place, you will receive your learning and teaching via a blend of on-campus and on-line activities. Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you will still be able to engage with your course in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, support will be available to consider what options are open to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the current pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.

In the event that a further lockdown is enforced the University will aim to deliver the course fully online. This may require some additional changes being made to planned teaching and learning activities, including assessments. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised significantly, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered appropriately. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

In the event that the current social distancing restrictions are fully lifted and the University is able to resume normal delivery of teaching and learning activities, courses will assess whether it is in the students' interest to resume normal delivery. In some cases it may be better to continue and complete modules under the planned blended delivery mode.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours will not be made as a result of the pandemic. However, it is possible that some adjustments might be made at module level, e.g. a few more scheduled activities, in order to help ensure student engagement with blended learning.

Any changes made to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

'Scheduled teaching' includes teaching that is online either live or recorded / on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2020) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2021) will not be available until the autumn. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm. To accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing, we will need to maximise the time available for teaching. This means, we may have to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Changes to class sizes

Class sizes will be kept small to maintain on-campus social distancing.

Assessment (changes for 2020 entry)

Changes can be made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area. Due to the current restrictions in place, i.e. social distancing, it is anticipated that many formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be replaced with alternative assessments which can be completed online. These changes will be considered and approved through the University's processes to ensure that student assessments will be able to demonstrate they have achieved the expected learning outcomes. The approval process will also assess whether the change impacts the status of any professional body accreditation the course benefits from.

Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Staff (changes for 2020 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

As a result of the social distancing restrictions in place, on-campus teaching activities may need to be split into smaller groups which may require the support of teaching assistants and student mentors, who will be managed by experienced staff.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2020 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2020/21.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As a result of the blended delivery of courses in 2020/21, where a significant proportion of the teaching will be done online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities will be restricted due to social distancing requirements.

The University is considering how best to provide support to students who do not have access to suitable hardware and software requirements and access to the internet. Identifying students who require this type of support is an important milestone for the University in our journey to ensure equity of access while we continue to deliver our blended approach. Information about the support that will be available will be provided to students during the induction period.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2020/21. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2020/21.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2020 entry)

Placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead as planned. However, to ensure students are able to gain maximum value from these activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, or to a different year when current restrictions have been lifted. We acknowledge that this year it may be more difficult for students to secure appropriate placements. In those situations, students will be guided and supported through the various options that will be available to them, including switching courses or interrupting their studies until a time when they can complete their placement.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through the University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered. Students will be advised of any changes that may become necessary and appropriate support will be available to guide them through the various options that may be available to them.

In the interest of the health and wellbeing of our students, the University will ensure that appropriate risk assessments are made before students are sent on a placement.

Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.

Voluntary placements or field trips may be rescheduled, or, as a last resort, cancelled if it becomes difficult to deliver them and doing so is in the interest of the health and safety of our staff and students.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2020 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Accreditation

During the pandemic, the University has been working closely with all its associated professional bodies to establish where flexibility/changes can be applied without undermining their professional standards. This will ensure that any changes made to courses which have professional, statutory or regulatory body (PSRB) accreditation do not negatively impact the accreditation status.

In the very exceptional circumstance that professional bodies do not agree with changes proposed, it may be necessary to defer relevant modules until those modules can be delivered as required. Students will be informed of this during the induction period and appropriately supported so that they can consider all options available to them.

Additional (changes for 2020 entry)

International students

International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.

Students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities

The University will ensure students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities are able to effectively engage with their studies remotely. For certain courses an inability to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities may not be in the students best interest, as it may impede their chances of succeeding in the course or lead to them receiving a poor learning experience. In such cases students will be advised and guided through the various options available to them, such as deferring their studies until they can engage fully with the course.

Specific requirements

Additional risk assessments will be undertaken prior to students commencing practice placements to take account of current, relevant public health guidelines to ensure the health and wellbeing of individual students.

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