Guidance and Counselling and Early Years BA (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-timeHealth and Life Sciences
Coach Lane Campus
In the National Students' Survey (2012) 93% of Society Joint Honours students were satisfied with the programme, the highest overall satisfaction rate in our competitor set.
The BA Joint Honours programme aims to provide students with a unique opportunity to develop knowledge, insight and understanding of two distinct yet complementary subject areas.
This programme facilitates the development of graduate skills, subject expertise and exploration of a range of learning opportunities which will enable students to make an informed choice when determining potential future career pathways.
The part routes of the programme encourage students to acquire knowledge and insight into their chosen subjects, related disciplines, professions, organisations and agencies. Students will develop skills in communication, self-management, reflection, critical analysis, discussion and evaluation and have opportunities to focus on topics which interest them. You will also gain insight into a range of theoretical frameworks that underpin your chosen subject, developing an appreciation and understanding of contemporary ways of working in a range of different contexts.
Guidance and Counselling Studies
Guidance and Counselling Studies involves enquiry into the theoretical perspectives underpinning guidance and counselling models and strategies. It includes the analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness of different approaches, and opportunities to apply your developing skills and knowledge in practice.
Why study Guidance and Counselling Studies?
You will be involved with an engaging, challenging and varied programme of study which seeks to explore and evaluate the role guidance and counselling can play in supporting young people and adults in making choices about their lives. Building on your existing skills and knowledge, you will be encouraged to develop your individual learning and critical reflective abilities.
A range of approaches to learning, including group work, case studies, problem-solving exercises, enquiry based and experiential learning are used throughout the programme.
Participation in our innovative student peer mentor programme offers further enhancement of your experience of university and the chance to work in a practical way supporting new students.
You will also be encouraged to explore and network with agencies providing guidance and counselling to young people and adults.
Why study Guidance Counselling at Northumbria?
This well established programme is taught by staff with an excellent reputation for their innovative teaching approaches informed by up to date research. Staff teaching on this programme have published a range of material, including research papers, articles and training guides to inform practice for professionals working in this area of work. We have also contributed to national and international conferences and award winning programmes in the guidance and counselling field of study. Additionally we have strong links with local agencies offering guidance and counselling services. Our programme is unique in the breadth of study offered in this subject area.
Early Years is a multidisciplinary route which reflects current developments in integrated early years policy and practice. The philosophy of the route acknowledges that children's experiences in the early years of their lives are critical to their subsequent learning and development. It reflects the importance of taking a holistic approach to the developmental needs of children from birth to seven years, the central role of parents, carers and families, and to the way that services and society respond to these needs.
Why study Early Years?
This is a very exciting time to be studying Early Years. The recent move towards integrated provision in this country, remodelling of the children’s workforce, the introduction of a new Early Years Foundation Stage;,and the development of a new graduate level role of Early Years Professional (EYP) are just some of the exciting initiatives that will affect young children and their families, and will have an impact on your own professional development.
Why study Early Years at Northumbria?
You will be part of a wider, well established 'Early Years' community of students, practitioners and tutors and because the Early Years team has such strong links with employers, you will also have opportunities to keep up to date with new developments and engage with fieldwork experience in a range of early year’s settings. In all aspects of this route, you will be encouraged to reflect on, and to understand your own personal and professional development and learning needs.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
You will be taught in lectures and seminars and through group work, case studies, problem solving exercises, enquiry-based and experiential approaches.
You will develop collaborative teamwork through group work tasks and presentations that you will prepare and deliver. The teaching methods are designed to build upon your existing knowledge and skills and develop your individual learning style and critical reflective abilities.
We offer you extensive opportunities to engage in tasks that develop and demonstrate your learning and build your confidence and capabilities before you are assessed, and with a continuous flow of formal and informal feedback, including tutor comments on assignments or collaborative project work.
To reflect these principles, the assessment methods are varied and include traditional essays, self- and peer assessment; projects and presentations, all with the aim of developing you as a person who is knowledgeable of the subject area and has an understanding of your own on-going role as learners. There are no examinations on the programme.
We endeavour to develop your abilities to direct your own learning, evaluate your own progress and attainments and support the learning of others. There are opportunities to work collaboratively in teams and to reflect upon your own academic and personal development.
Graduates will have the necessary skills, knowledge and understandings to engage in a wide variety of professional contexts working with children, families and communities. Our graduates are now working in traditional professions such as teaching in schools and Further Education, social work and youth work. Other graduates are attracted to working in healthcare, human resources and the emerging fields within children's services. In addition, some choose to continue to further postgraduate research or professional training.
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