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Bachelor of Arts with Honours Childhood Development and Playwork, Level 4, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Bachelor of Arts with Honours Childhood Development and Playwork
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Welcome to the Course

The Childhood Development and Playwork course team offers a very warm welcome to our new and returning students. We look forward to working with you, during your time with us and hope this handbook answers many of the practical questions you may have about your course and the University. You should find this handbook helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies here. You will also receive a module handbook for each module you study on your course which will be made available via MyBeckett.

Your course team and the School of Health and Community Studies are committed to ensuring that you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the coming year. Your Academic Advisor will be available to help with any questions regarding your learning support arrangements in 2020/21.

We hope that your time studying with us at Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful, and on behalf of our University and the whole course team I would like to wish you well in your studies.

Alexandra (Ali) Long, Course Director

Welcome to your course in the School of Health and Community Studies. Whether you are a new or returning student I am delighted to be able to welcome you into the 2020/21 academic year.

The year ahead will contain successes, challenges, and personal growth for you, and the School’s team of dedicated academic staff and administrators are here to help you to achieve your potential.

The School has a broad range of disciplines in our Health Promotion, Nursing and Healthcare, Psychological Therapies and Mental Health, and Social and Community Studies groups. Our academic teams work collaboratively, drawing on each other’s expertise to support learning, undertake professional practice and consultancy, and deliver internationally recognised, societally impactful research.

Throughout the year ahead please do take time to let us know what you are enjoying and what you find valuable, but also please let us know if there are things we could do differently to improve your experience through feedback to your Course Director, at the School Forum or through module evaluations and surveys.

I wish you every success for this academic year.

Dr Duncan Sharp

Dr Duncan Sharp, Dean of School

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I’m really looking forward to meeting you (virtually!) and wish you the best! See you around.

Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, LBSU

Introduction

This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this web page carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.  

The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students. 

Government and Public Health England advice and guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the campus may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.

The taught content advertised at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21.  We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, on-campus, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the university as a whole to minimise transmission risk.

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.  

In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. 

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of on-campus learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year or a later teaching block.  Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend on campus sessions. 

How we will communicate with you

We have sent information to new and continuing students on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar (teaching block delivery or alternative) applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices. 

As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails and on the University’s Covid-19 microsite

In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants, including information relating to University accommodation and University facilities and services.  The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve.

Key terms and conditions

Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process.  It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.

Location of delivery

In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by the Government and Public Health England advice and guidance. 

Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.

Information on the delivery of placements and other off-campus learning opportunities is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (if applicable to your course), ‘Sandwich Placement Information’.

Course Fees 

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below and in the updated 2020/21 Course Specification for your course.

The course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions.  If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost.  The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-800 depending on the device. 

The University has developed a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed. Students may also apply for a living expenses fund for unexpected personal hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis. 

Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be an additional cost that students need to consider. 

Where PPE is an essential requirement for the nature of the course you are undertaking this will be detailed below.   

Policies, Standards and Regulations 

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.   

In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances. 

Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.  

Sandwich Placements, Other Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities 

Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements.  Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations.

The availability or type of placements with employers, study abroad or volunteering opportunities, may be restricted. The University follows the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice and is also informed by any specific in-country international travel restrictions or requirements.  

The University’s current position is that we will not facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to protect students and minimise the risk of you being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement. 

Inward Erasmus study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the teaching blocks academic calendar delivery dates. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.  

Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.

Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status. 

Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.

Teaching and Learning Activities

The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff. 

You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus online, and digital content, teaching and learning. 

We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for Teaching Block 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.

In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded. 

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.  

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from your School. 

Learning Support

Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21

Given the planned social distancing measures in place on campus for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online. 

We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.

We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so on-campus delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours.  However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat.  The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services. 

Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or theLibrary website which also provides full details of all our services. 

In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.

Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook. 

Range of Support Services Available

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance.  The service contact details are disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook. 

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook. 

In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Course-specific information

Please note that this course is being taught with the teaching block-based delivery (not in semesters) and your teaching block dates are provided in the 2020/21 Student Academic Calendar. Teaching blocks are 10 weeks long. Check your module handbooks for the dates of delivery and the assessment period for each module.

The course will be using a blended learning approach for the 2020/21 academic year. All taught module content will be delivered online and this will include lectures, seminars and tutorials. In addition, during teaching blocks 1 and 2, fortnightly academic advisor meetings will be held, complying with any relevant government guidance on social distancing. These sessions will be offered on-campus, offering regular face-to-face contact with your academic advisor and your peers. Should students choose not to attend these sessions, alternative arrangements will be made for them.

For each module there will be two hours of online, interactive tutor-led learning. These sessions will generally be delivered ‘live’ at scheduled times and will incorporate a variety of teaching and learning activities including lectures, group work, seminars and learning tasks. All teaching will be recorded and made available via MyBeckett.

Access to a personal digital device to enable participation in digital and online learning, teaching and assessment is essential (see above for more details). Online delivery may use a variety of platforms including Skype for Business and MS Teams. Other platforms may be used for specific activities. Support is available from the University to enable you to use platforms or software that you are unfamiliar with; you can download Microsoft Office onto your device by logging into your Office 365 portal from the IT tab on MyBeckett and you can obtain IT Support here: https://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support.

Details of how students will be supported to engage with online content and assessment on the course will be covered at induction and detailed in your module handbooks, available on MyBeckett. You will be guided to the support available from the University to help with unfamiliar software or platforms for your modules. You will also be guided to our usual online resources, such as the Skills for Learning and the Library resources, and to the support provided by the Library Academic Support team. You will receive guidance on managing your independent study hours for each module undertaken.

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

Confirmed at induction

Urszula Scibior urszula.scibior@leedsbeckett.ac.uk 0113 812 7603 Calverley Building room 518

When elected, your Course Representative details will be provided in class or via MyBeckett.

The Academic Librarians for this course are Kirsty Bower, Maria Kulas, Laurence Morris and Caroline Robinson.

Please contact them at: hcslibrary@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Or complete their online Get Help form for help with academic and research skills.

The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.

Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff. Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Library Student IT Support page (http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support/office365/outlook)

Please make sure that you inform your Course Administrator whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.

We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations, normally through MyBeckett announcements or emails. For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.

Your course team is based in Calverley Building, fifth floor and your School admin office is in Calverley Building room 518, when on campus.

Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:

  • Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
  • Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
  • Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
  • Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.

Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students. 

MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration: 

  • Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.  
  • Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.  
  • Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.  

Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.

Your course team will advise how Skype for Business and MS Teams will be used on your course.

Do you need to know more about joining your online teaching sessions or seminars? See the guidance from the Library on this link: How do I attend an online meeting/seminar/webinar?

Timetable Information

This course will be scheduled using a teaching block or semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page.

Taught sessions will normally be scheduled and included in your timetable. This will include on-campus sessions that you should attend. In 2020/21, depending on your course, this may also include scheduled online teaching and learning sessions where student engagement is required at a specified time and tutor pre-recorded lectures and scheduled discussion sessions. Module information will be made available online by the school for enrolled students.

Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:
1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app

You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.

The School Forums, where students raise feedback on their academic experience, are scheduled into all students’ timetables. Any student can attend but only Course Reps are expected to be in attendance.

Course Overview

Through the exploration of subjects of childhood development and playwork, the aims of the course are to:
• Provide students with the theoretic knowledge and practical skills required by employers across the diverse children and families workforce.
• Provide flexibility to enable students to develop progression routes into their preferred graduate destinations.

Childhood is studied from a sociological standpoint, considering the implications of a variety of social constructs of childhood for children’s lived experiences; development is studied in the context of children’s psychological, social and cognitive development, as well as the development of policy, practice and provision for children; whilst playwork is studied both theoretically and practically.

On completion of the course, students are able to:

  • Work with children and families in diverse contexts, demonstrating a deep understanding of child development from the perspective of a broad range of psychological disciplines.
  • Apply a transferable approach to reflexive playwork practice across a range of child-focused occupations informed by theories of childhood, processes of strategic organisational development and play, as practiced and refined in the field.
  • Make strategic, informed decisions about provision for children, demonstrating a systematic understanding of the key theories and research informing the study of childhood development and playwork.
  • Recognise the multiplicity of childhoods as diverse, socio-culturally constructed concepts, and understand the implications of the expression of these concepts for children’s lived experiences in respect of practice, policy, legislation and rights provision.
  • Develop small-scale social research projects, demonstrating an understanding of critical ethical issues and applying suitable methodologies commensurate with undergraduate studies and forming a foundation for postgraduate research.

On completion of level 4, students will be able to interpret and evaluate their knowledge of:
• The key theories underpinning the study of childhood development and playwork.
• Children and childhood as a social concept.
• The process of reflective playwork practice.
• Foundational concepts of child development.
• A range of approaches to communicating information effectively.

Assessment & Feedback

At level 4, module assessments are mainly coursework, with a practical assessment and a portfolio.
At level 5, module assessments are mainly coursework, with practical assessments and a portfolio.
At level 6, module assessments are mainly coursework and a dissertation,

Please note the assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of assessments will be provided by the course team. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett or in individual Module Handbooks/ other module guides.

Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.

For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.12 of the Academic Regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available.

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments.

The team strive to provide feedback which supports students to achieve their best possible outcome. This is offered in a timely fashion, generally via the same means by which the work was submitted. In the main, this is via Turnitin, the online coursework submission tool, within MyBeckett. This system allows tutors to provide specific feedback within the body of the student work, alongside general feedback, which is offered to reflect the mark awarded for the submission. Opportunities for students to receive formative feedback are embedded within each module. This can take the format of informal feedback, offered through class-based group or individual learning tasks, as well as through directed, independent learning tasks or through more structured means.

In relation to assessment feedback, there is sometimes a perceived delay between submitting an assessment and receiving feedback, as work has to be marked and moderated, before feedback can be given, but this will normally be within the standard four weeks return period.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/results-online/.

Results appear on Results Online within five working days from the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.

The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your module leader for any clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

While the majority of teaching is class-based (whether online or face-to-face), incorporating a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops, the role of experiential learning is central to the course. Enabling students to relate theory to practice is critical to the achievement of the learning outcomes of the course and this is facilitated through various means. Some modules incorporate field-trips, allowing students to experience a range of settings first-hand whilst meeting practitioners in their professional context and others include contributions from specialist practitioners from across the children’s workforce, to share their expert knowledge with students. This ensures the authenticity and relevance of the teaching through valuable insights into operational aspects of service delivery and approaches to working with children in a range of contexts.

The Experiential Learning modules offer students a guided learning opportunity which is informed, in the main, by students’ personal interests. Critically, the two periods of experiential learning at levels 4 and 5, allow students to enter a community of practice, exploring and witnessing theory in practice, trialing a playwork approach to working with children. This is supported through a range of online guided learning resources, offering students opportunities for formative feedback throughout the period of practice. Here students are supported to examine approaches to practice and provision for children and their play.

Students are supported to develop the skills necessary to engage in self-directed, academic study. This is supported by the academic librarian and colleagues from Skills for Learning.

Level 4 core modules
Playwork: Foundations of Theory and Practice
Child Development: Exploring Issues and Perspectives on Play
Childhood: Theory, Constructs and Concepts
Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice Explored
Experiential Learning: Organisational Development
Experiential Learning: Reflective Practice

Level 5 core modules
Playwork: Critical Applications
Childhood: Rights and Society
Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice Advanced
Experiential Learning: Objectives and Evaluation
Experiential Learning: Developing Reflexivity

Level 5 option modules
Child Development: Developing While Playing
Project Development: Places and Spaces for Children

Level 6 core modules
Playwork: Therapeutic Interventions
Project Development: Managing Design and Delivery
Childhood: Research Perspectives
Childhood Development and Playwork: Dissertation (40 credits)

Level 6 option modules
Child Development: Contemporary Perspectives
Childhood: Global Perspectives

Level 4 full-time delivery in 2020/21 - indicative

Teaching Block 1

Core (Y/N)

Playwork: Foundations of Theory and Practice

Y

Childhood: Theory, Constructs and Concepts

Y

Teaching Block 2

Child Development: Exploring Issues and Perspectives on Play

Y

Experiential Learning: Organisational Development

Y

Teaching Block 3

Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice Explored

Y

Experiential Learning: Reflective Practice

Y

A standard 20 credit module equates to 200 notional learning hours, comprising teaching, learning and assessment, embedded placement activities and independent study. The table below has been adjusted to reflect changes to experiential learning hours and guided independent study hours in 2020/21 due to the Covid-19 situation.

Overall workload in hours in 2020/21

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Teaching and Learning

174

174

351

Independent Study and Assessment

858

858

849

Placement/ Experiential Learning

168

168

0

Details of School academic staff can be found on the School of Health & Community Studies Website.

Attendance & Absence

The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars and practicals is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.

We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.

The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.

Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.

Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.

Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.

If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.

You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.

If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the Student Wellbeing web page.

For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.

If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages

International Students

Please be aware that our university fully complies with University Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) policy at all times. There are legal reporting requirements for all students in the UK on a Student visa, and full attendance is mandatory for all students on a Student Visa. Failure to meet UKVI attendance requirements could lead to your academic sponsorship being withdrawn and your visa being revoked. Students on a Student Visa need to be aware of their responsibilities whilst in the UK, please see www.ukcisa.org.uk or our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance web page for full information.

For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website (www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/) or contact the International Student Advice Centre on internationalstudentadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

There is no professional body accreditation or recognition associated with the course.

'In Year' Work Placement Information

Students undertake a period of experiential learning at both levels 4 and 5. Due to Covid-19, during academic year 2020/21, the delivery of experiential learning will take place during teaching block 3 and will be adjusted to enable students to take full advantage of the opportunities available to them at that time. The consequence of this is a reduction of the available time to undertake the prerequisite 360 hours on placement. These hours will be proportioned to take into consideration the unique placement options, selected by the students and will equate to approximately 24 hours per week. If further restrictions are imposed, which limit placement options, alternative experiential learning opportunities will be delivered. Experiential learning placements will be undertaken flexibly in response to the most up-to-date government guidance at that time.

Students undertake a period of experiential learning at both levels 4 and 5 of the course. The hours undertaken during this period will be determined by the nature of the placement, though is estimated to equate to approximately 24 hours per week. For part time students, their experiential learning hours are proportioned, according to the nature of the placement.

Students self-select, usually in West Yorkshire.

Students self-select the nature of their placement. This is with support from the course team who offer students help and support in identifying a placement provider that can best respond to their areas of interest. Students are introduced to placement providers through the core teaching and peer recommendation of potential placement providers ensures a good breadth of options are presented to the students, particularly at level four. Experiential learning opportunities are diverse in nature reflecting the broad range of study that the students engage with and the self-selected learning aims. Settings include adventure playgrounds, hospitals, forest schools, primary schools, services for disabled children and community development projects.

Students undertaking experiential placements can claim travel expenses in some situations - contact your Course Administrator for details.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

The course offers the opportunity to develop a range of academic and vocational skills through your engagement with the course. Skills developed during each module are specified in the module handbooks. The course is structured to support students’ transition into employment. Periods of experiential learning equip students with skills of employability. The self-selection of experiential learning placement, together with the option modules, allows students to focus in on aspects of childhood development and playwork.

You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.

There are three Graduate Attributes for Leeds Beckett University and these are tailored to suit your course. The three attributes you should achieve by the end of the course are for you to be digitally literate, have a global outlook and for you to be enterprising. Learning about these attributes and being assessed on them as part of your modules will provide you with capabilities which are essential for your future career and wider life as you move on from your studies here. You will be formally assessed on all the attributes in some of your modules at each academic level in each year of your course. Information on your assessment is included in your Module Handbooks.

Digital literacy: Students are required to engage with various technologies in order to research, develop and present their work at all levels of study. Students are supported in developing skills appropriate for Higher Education and the children’s workforce through the critical engagement with a variety of digital technologies. This includes, for example, the use of digital tools to produce their work in appropriate formats, suitable to a range of audiences. Students are supported to gain confidence in sourcing, storing information and using digital tools to help them analyse literature and research. Students are required to use web-based tools such as e-journals and e-portfolio tools across modules at all levels, ensuring they experience a rich diet of technologies.

Being Enterprising: Being enterprising is a graduate attribute developed across a number of modules, though this is a particular outcome for Experiential Learning modules at levels 4 and 5. Graduate feedback highlights the benefits of students sourcing their own Experiential Learning placement for employability and this is a requirement placed on the student from level 4. This is a key component in developing the skills and particularly the confidence, required for employability. Being motivated, creative, tenacious and having a wiliness to take risks are all facets of enterprising behaviour. These are key to sourcing and maintaining a successful experiential learning placement.

Global outlook: Students’ global outlooks are developed throughout the course. Childhood is studied from a variety of cultural perspectives, employing theories of ethnocentrism and cultural relativism. Cultural and ethnic diversity, and anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice are embedded in all three levels of study, and play - a subject central to the course - is studied as a universal cultural phenomenon. Level 5 of the course offers students the opportunity to study overseas, and students are encouraged and supported to engage in a range of overseas volunteering opportunities.

The course is structured to support the students’ transition into employment. Periods of experiential learning equip students with skills of employability. The self-selection of experiential learning placement coupled with the option modules, allow students to focus in on aspects of childhood development and playwork.

Our graduates have achieved success in a wide range of areas, including managing playwork provision and providing therapeutic playwork services in prisons and hospitals. You could work in a range of roles across children’s services, or take up a management role in local government. Examples of roles include hospital playworker, early years practitioner, adventure playground worker, local authority play development officer.

Learning Support

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on studentadvicehub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.

The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.

Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.

Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.

The Library

The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.

Library Academic Support

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.

The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:

  • In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area.  These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
  • On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments.  The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.

Library and Student IT Advice Service

The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:

  • online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
  • by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)


They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:
1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g., c1234567@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.

Microsoft Office 365

You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from office.com. All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.

OneDrive

OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.

Leeds Beckett RemoteApp

The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.

Media Equipment – free loans

You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.


The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.

We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.

Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.

Email: suadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/advice

The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.

We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.

Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:

Email: studentvoice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/officerteam

Resources

MyBeckett, the portal and virtual learning environment provides:

• access to your modules and timetables;
• your reading lists and email account;
• your personal storage area on our University IT servers;
• information on where to look for academic or personal support (Support tab);
• information on opportunities such as jobs, careers, part-time work, placements and volunteering (Opportunities tab)
• access to Library and student IT advice

Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.

The physical and online resources available for this course include:
• When on campus, classroom and lecture facilities with PC and smart board facilities and social learning spaces with individual tutorial rooms.
• Online learning repository ‘MyBeckett’ which contains lectures, notices, assignment submission facilities.

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.

Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages

General Information

Bachelor of Arts with Honours Childhood Development and Playwork

Bachelor of Arts Childhood Development and Playwork
Diploma of Higher Education Childhood Development and Playwork
Certificate of Higher Education Childhood Development and Playwork

Leeds Beckett University

Level 6 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 120 credit points at each of levels 4, 5, and 6 of the Higher Education Credit Framework for England (360 credits in total)

Part-time delivery is usually at half the intensity of the full-time equivalent course, although there may be flexibility to increase your pace of study to shorten the overall course duration. Some modules may be delivered in a different sequence from that defined within this information set, but the modules offered within each level are consistent.

City Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable)

In 2020/21, the course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions. If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning.

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

Dr Hazel Wright, Visiting Fellow, Anglia Ruskin University
Ms Alison Wood, Director, Play Resource Company (practitioner)

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett


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