2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Learning, Development and Support

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

X220

Points required:

N/A

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,600
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090


School of Education:

education@ljmu.ac.uk


International enquiries

internationaladmissions@ljmu.ac.uk


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Why study Learning, Development and Support at Liverpool John Moores University?

About your course

The BA (Hons) Learning Development and Support at Liverpool John Moores University is the ideal preparation for an ITT in primary or early years education. You can study this degree while still working full time in an educational setting.

The degree recognises that there is a need for experienced educational professionals such as Teaching Assistants, nursery staff and mentors, to have a greater understanding of the emotional and mental development of children and young people today.

It is aimed mainly at students who are returning to education after gaining practical knowledge from their work with children and want to progress to teacher training, social work or a mentoring role.

Graduate employability skills are integrated into the course and supported by all staff and you will have opportunities to work directly with practitioners. The programme is constantly adapted to reflect current issues in education.


"The course has opened my eyes to a broad range of educational topics relevant to my job role, providing me with the knowledge and skills required to do it more effectively. I now feel equipped and empowered to explore a career which involves supporting ‘vulnerable’ children."

Dawn D’Auvin, recent graduate

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

As you will already be working within the children’s workforce this degree allows you to gain professional qualifications to secure promotion or give you access to teacher training opportunities.

Previous graduates have gone on to complete the Graduate Teacher Training programme and PGCE courses in primary or early years. Others have used their qualification to progress on to other professional level qualifications and training programmes.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Study Skills
20 credits

This module introduces you to the skills essential for life-long learning, which include communication skills, academic skills and working in groups. Importantly, it gives you the opportunity to develop and apply these skills. It introduces you to a model for improving your own learning and performance, as well as relating this to your academic work and personal career planning.

Personal Professional Development
20 credits

This module introduces you to reflective practice. It allows you to consider your personal development needs, reflect on practice and to analyse your skills and knowledge.

Learning from Work - Theory and Practice
20 credits

This module provides you with a theoretical framework and the opportunity to reflect on an issue central to your professional role and professional practice. You will be supported and equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills to engage with the topic of study, linking this to your personal and professional needs.

Current Issues in Education
20 credits

This module provides the opportunity for you to examine current policy initiatives in education and to relate these to your own practice. You are encouraged to critically reflect and to discuss initiatives, linking theory and practice and considering the impact of key policy on your own job roles.

Child Development in the Early Years
20 credits

This module enables you to begin a study of child development. It encourages critical examination of a range of theories, such as early nurturing, attachment theory, and theories of play, in light of current research

Learning From Work - Reflecting On Practice
20 credits

This module provides a framework for you to reflect on an issue central to your professional role and professional practice. You will be supported and equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills to discuss an issue under study while linking this to your personal and professional needs.

Level 5

Core modules

Including the Excluded
20 credits

This module focuses on the inclusive institution within an inclusive society. It will encompass issues regarding equality of opportunity and disability awareness. It will consider those who are currently excluded and examine current policy. There will be opportunities to consider discrete issues related to phase or sector.

Child Development in the Middle Years
20 credits

This module continues the study of child development. This module builds from the early years module studied at Level 4 and focusses on the middle years of child development. The module considers research relating to child development in this phase and the factors influencing development.

Academic Research Methods
20 credits

In this module you are encouraged to reflect upon practice and published research to draw conclusions and make suggestions for future engagement with research.

Research in Professional Practice
20 credits

This module encourages you to reflect upon practice and published research relating to ethical considerations to inform your plans for a small scale research project.

Optional modules

Learning from Work - Negotiated Workplace Learning
20 credits

This module provides you with an opportunity to complete a supported personal study based on your professional practice. Through lectures and individual tutorials, you are supported in completing an assignment related to a specific topic and tailored to your professional needs. This is linked to a professional practice issue which is interrogated within the research and theoretical frameworks.

Learning from Work - Theory and Practice
20 credits

This module provides you with an opportunity to complete a supported personal study based on your professional practice. You are supported in completing an assignment related to your professional needs. This is linked to a specific professional practice issue which is interrogated within the research and theoretical framework.

Current Issues in Education
20 credits

This module enables you to examine current policy initiatives in education as they relate to your own practice and to critically reflect and analyse policy using published research. Links between theory and practice will be made to enable you to reflect on the impact of key policy on your own practice.

Learning from Work - Developing Professional Practice
20 credits

This module provides you with an opportunity to complete a supported personal study based on your professional practice. You are supported in completing an assignment related to your professional needs. This is linked to a specific professional practice issue which is interrogated within the research and theoretical framework.

Level 6

Core modules

Work Based Enquiry - Extended
40 credits

In this module you will be encouraged to reflect upon your own practice and published research evidence to conduct an independent research project.

Developmental Disorders
20 credits

In this module you will consider the theory and practice of whole school and classroom based approaches to working with children and young people with developmental disorders. Policy, research and practice are critically evaluated in relation to a range of prevention and intervention strategies.

Developing Professional Practice
20 credits

This module provides you with an opportunity to complete a supported personal study based on your professional practice. Through lectures and individual tutorials, you are supported in completing an assignment related to a specific topic and tailored to your professional needs. This is linked to a professional practice issue which is interrogated within the research and theoretical frameworks.

Emotional and Cognitive Development in Adolescence
20 credits

This module completes the three core studies of child development, focussing on research and the legal and ethical issues in relation to the adolescent phase of child development. You will explore the literature and research considering the meaning and nature of childhood in the adolescent years, and consider adolescent child development in the context of society and the legal and ethical systems supporting the care of children.

Optional modules

Learning from Work - Theory to Practice
20 credits

This module provides you with an opportunity to complete a supported personal study based on your professional practice. Through lectures and individual tutorials, you are supported in completing an assignment related to a specific topic and tailored to your professional needs. This is linked to a professional practice issue which is interrogated within the research and theoretical frameworks.

Current Issues in Education
20 credits

This module provides you with an opportunity to examine current policy initiatives in education as they relate to your own practice and to critically reflect and analyse policy using published research. Links between theory and practice will be made to enable you to reflect on the impact of key policy on your own practice.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Lectures, seminars and tutorials take place on Saturdays, taking up about one third of your study time. Taught sessions are supported by electronic learning materials, which means you can study the remaining two thirds of the course at your own convenience and fit your learning around your daily working life.

Work-related Learning

Modules relate to child development, transition in education, developmental disorders and mental health and there are also ‘learning at work’ modules which enable you to gain credit for professional practice.

The course includes ‘learning at work’ modules that enable you to gain credit for your professional practice.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

Your tutors are experienced in teaching and supporting students who have to fit their studies into a busy lifestyle, and so they understand the pressures of studying while holding down a full-time job. To support you in your studies and particularly assessments, they will set up one-to-one tutorials with you to work on your essay writing, study skills and research techniques, and to discuss any other course-related issues.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include written essays, individual and group presentations, and work study projects where you will be assessed on your work-based knowledge and experience.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Jennifer Woods

Jennifer Woods

Programme leader

Our team of specialist academics, practitioners and support staff are dedicated to ensuring that you receive a first-class education and we are there to help you to successfully engage with a programme of study designed to enhance your academic, personal and professional skills

This degree is taught on Saturdays so you can continue in full-time employment, supported by electronic learning materials so you can study at your own pace and in your own time

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

Soon to be based in the new Education Building in the heart of the Mount Pleasant campus, the School of Education features a wide range of cutting-edge facilities, including a pedagogy room, lecture rooms, computing facilities and a nearby Forest School for outdoor learning. Students also benefit from independent study spaces, a close-by cafeteria and library, and access to student welfare and support.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: N/A


GCSE and equivalents

Not required

A Levels

  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Not applicable

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Not applicable
  • National Extended Certificate: General Studies counted as half points i.e. A, B, C, D = 60, 50, 40, 30 UCAS points respectively
Will I be interviewed?

Interview required

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

We are looking for applicants who are working with children and young people, with a minimum of two years of experience. This can be paid or voluntary work, however there is a minimum requirement of two days per week, which can be full or part time. You should have a strong desire to further develop your knowledge and skills concerning children and education. You should have a caring and positive attitude and should be committed and enthusiastic. In addition, we expect students to be good time managers with communication skills. 

To discuss further please call the Education Admissions Team on 0151 231 3000.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.