Family Support and Wellbeing - Foundation Degree
Course Code: SM1HE98
UCAS Code: 3V4S
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The Family Support and Wellbeing programme considers approaches to working with families, with a particular emphasis on working holistically with hard-to-reach families. The programme is suitable for those in a wide variety of roles working directly with children, young people, and their families, including family/parent support workers and parenting practitioners, residential workers, leaving care workers, learning mentors, early intervention project workers, 'nurture group' workers, respite carers, and those working in children's/family centres.
You will be provided with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of social, sociological, psychological and legislative theories and perspectives and apply these sensitively to your work with families. The support and wellbeing nature of the degree will not only equip you with the knowledge and skills to fulfil your demanding role but also enhance development of self-resilience strategies.
A minimum of 64 UCAS points or equivalent from an appropriate discipline. You will also be required to be employed (paid/voluntary) in the sector whilst on course and thereafter for a minimum of 256 hours per year (average 8 hours per week over 32 weeks) and supply a letter of support from your employer at enrolment. Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.
Modules and Assessment
Teaching and Learning Methods
You will learn in a variety of ways appropriate to the level and content of the programme. Theoretical perspectives, concepts and legislative aspects will be delivered using presentations such as lectures and interactive presentations where you will make and take notes to support your understanding. The team also use interactive group activities to further develop your understanding, these group activities require you to discuss ideas and their applications with your group and contribute to whole class feedback sessions. You will be encouraged to engage in activities where you will communicate your ideas in visual, written and spoken forms through poster production, mini presentations and role plays. In addition to the more class based sessions you will be encouraged to develop the skills of inquiry through the use of traditional and on line research activities. Seminars will be used to support your development of analytical and evaluative skills where you will analyse a contemporary piece of research and then present your overview to your group and respond to questions. You will participate in reflective activities and use critical incidents to explore the link between the theoretical aspects of the programme and your working context. Visiting guest speakers from the sector will provide a contemporary employment focussed lecture and workshop input adding to the variety of teaching and learning approaches on the programme.
Tutorials are seen as an essential part of the teaching and learning strategy at all levels and are integrated throughout the programme. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be available, both online and at designated times during the week, for individual tutorial support and guidance. The individual tutorial will be used to support your further development of study skills, monitor your progress and plan further action.
Formative assessment will consist of team-based case studies or problem-solving exercises assessed by a class discussion, Q & A sessions and seminar presentation. Moodle and/or text-based reading and research exercises, carried out either during class time or as independent learning and assessed by online tasks, reflective pieces and Moodle forums.
You will also have the opportunity to submit draft assignments, which will be formatively assessed by either brief written feedback or in one to one discussions during subject tutorials. Summative assessment will consist of coursework example, essays, reports, presentations and case studies which have been selected by the team to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the programme.
Work Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
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