Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People

The Open University

Program Description

Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People

The Open University

Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People

Making a difference to the lives of young people is both rewarding and worthwhile – whether you’re a volunteer in a youth club or organisation like the Guides or Scouts, or working professionally in an informal education setting. This practice-based diploma explores the ethics, values and purposes of youth work, and the understanding and skills needed to work effectively with teenagers. By the end of your studies you’ll be a more confident, reflective practitioner, and well on the way to an honours degree.

Key features of the course

  • Designed to support young people’s personal and social development
  • Focuses on work with young people aged 13–19 years
  • Enhances your employability
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study.

Educational aims

By studying the five modules in our Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People you will have gained an understanding of what work in this area involves. You will also have the underpinning knowledge, skills and abilities to work successfully with young people, professionally, in informal education settings, towards their personal learning and development.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Knowledge and understanding of young people is developed through the main teaching materials and in-text questions, tasks and activities to support your learning. The main teaching material is offered through supported open learning modules with associated material including module reading texts, audio-visual material, and directed reading. Summative assessment is by written tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and by end-of-module reports or examinations where appropriate. Tutors support your development across all learning outcomes through tutorials, written feedback on assignments and online support.

Cognitive skills are assessed by module assignments. These will allow you to demonstrate your ability to structure a clear and reasoned argument and to critically analyse module issues. The Personal Development Plan and Work-Based Learning Project will offer you the opportunity to demonstrate independent thinking skills; to demonstrate your understanding of theoretical concepts and the underpinning principles for working with young people in a work-based context; to demonstrate ability to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge, and to show evidence of reflective practice and to use appropriate methods of enquiry.

Key skills are referenced to QCA National Standards and are promoted within learning materials and as part of continuous assessment. Assessment criteria of TMAs require you to demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in a variety of formats. Learning skills focusing on planning, self-assessment, identifying strengths and weaknesses, setting priorities and targets, and reviewing and reflecting are a feature of the Personal Development Plan, the general approach to key skills and of the work-based learning components. Teamwork will be fostered through work-based projects and case studies and by encouraging students to work together electronically on web-based tasks. Assessment may include witness testimony from colleagues on contributions to team efforts. Opportunities to develop basic ICT skills will be provided through an optional short module for those who do not have these skills already.

Professional skills are developed as part of an increased awareness and understanding of good practice in supporting young people’s learning and development by means of teaching materials and work based reflective practice. The assessment of practice skills is through module work and the work-based learning component of the diploma, the submission of assignments, evidence-based portfolios and a work-based project file. There may be some development of team working skills through the use of web-based tasks.


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £10,528 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 4 years
  • Full time – 2 years
  • Time limit – 8 years

Career relevance

This diploma will prepare you to work with young people in a wide range of roles and settings, including in youth and community education services, voluntary and community organisations, schools and colleges, and youth participation projects.

The diploma involves work-based study and practice, including in an alternative setting at OU level 2 (SCQF Level 8).

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

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