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Professional Diploma Children's Services (Education Welfare)

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  • Objectives
    About the course

    The Professional Diploma in Children's Services (Education Welfare) enables the development of professional, legal and theoretical knowledge and practical skills appropriate to the role of Education Welfare Officer and similar roles. It is suitable for those already in employment and those who wish to gain entry to this employment sector.

    Special benefits

    This course will allow students to study an academic programme and also develop a portfolio which will provide evidence of their knowledge and understanding for a competence-based award, the NVQ4 in Learning, Development and Support Services.
  • Entry requirements
    Experience of, or interest in, working as an Education Welfare Officer or experience of similar work

    English language requirements - IELTS 6.5 (min writing score 6.0)/TOEFL 560 (min writing score 5)/TOEFL iBT 83 (min writing score 24)

    Applicants will be required to complete a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure prior to admission
  • Academic Title
    Professional Diploma Children's Services (Education Welfare)
  • Course description

    Course content
    The module titles are:

    • Role, Remit and Responsibilities of the Education Welfare Officer (40 CP)
    • Managing Change and Supporting Transitions (10 CP)
    • Child and Young Person Development (10 CP)
    • Effective Communication and Engagement (20 CP)
    • Managing Information and Information Services (10 CP)
    • Multi-agency Working (10 CP)
    • Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare of the Child (20 CP)

    CP = Credit Points

    Modules are assessed by a combination of written assignments, presentations, service-focused assignments, case studies, multiple choice questions and online assessments.

    How do you study?
    This part-time course runs over 16 months from January to April with 26 days of study at Nottingham Trent University.  The course is delivered through taught modules at the University for one day per week. You will also be involved in developing your skills and knowledge in the workplace. You receive support throughout your studies from our excellent teaching staff alongside e-mail contact with tutors. There is also an element of distance learning, as the Child and Young Person Development module is delivered via our virtual learning portal.

    Resources and facilities
    The teaching team has considerable experience of working with those who deliver services to children and young people. As well as support from excellent teaching staff, there is also the opportunity to access a wide range of facilities such as the £13 million library, Fitness Suite and Student Support Centre.

    Research opportunities
    The course is subject to a number of successful research proposals and students will take part in a service-focused collaborative evaluation. Individual students will be able to identify personal benefits they might expect from being participants on the course. These, along with their learning, will be reviewed and evaluated at the end of the programme to assess achievements and success of the course. Education Welfare Managers will identify critical success factors appropriate to the service and these will also be evaluated. Findings will be presented to stakeholders when the data has been processed.

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