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Working with Young People: an Introduction, Short Course

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This Working with Young People: an Introduction module from The Open University UK introduces you to work with young people – particularly those aged 13–19 – in areas of practice where their participation is voluntary, and the aims of the work are broadly educational. 


In this Working with Young People: an Introduction module from The Open University UK you will examine the origins and scope of this work; its values and purposes; the changing contexts in which it occurs; how it is implemented; the roles and responsibilities of practitioners and policy makers; and the issues they face. You will develop a reflective stance towards your own practice and that of others. You may already work with young people, or you may be entirely new to the field.

Modules count towards OU qualifications

OU qualifications are modular in structure; the credits from this undergraduate-level module could count towards a certificate of higher education, diploma of higher education, foundation degree or honours degree.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 9 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    60 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

What you will study:

Through the printed Study Guides, the online audio-visual material and the reader, you will be exploring a range of perspectives on work with young people. As you do so you will be encouraged to reflect on your own experiences as a learner and a practitioner.

By the end of your studies you will have developed your understanding of:

  • the range of practices included in ‘work with young people’
  • theories and research relevant to this field of practice
  • ways of supporting young people with diverse needs and abilities in a range of contexts
  • ideas about how young people learn
  • the impact of policy on work with young people
  • reading, writing and reflecting in an academic environment.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

This is a key introductory OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning to help you to progress to modules at OU level 2.

If you intend to study these later work-based modules, at OU levels 1, 2 and 3, you will need to:

  • have relevant experience of working with young people in a suitable setting (such as those identified above) prior to entry onto the first work-based learning module, Introduction to working with young people in practice 
  • be working directly with young people for at least five hours per week 
  • have support from your workplace.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    2928 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2928 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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