Mentoring and community learning

Why study mentoring, peer education and community learning?

This programme examines the processes of outdoor learning and working in communities. It has an innovative and fresh way of understanding work with children, young people, families and communities.

Bringing together informal education, community learning and development, helping and care it brings out the special contribution that outdoor learning can make. At its heart is a focus on relationship and encouraging change.

Our diploma programmes are all concerned with the development of the whole person and of community.

What do you study?

You study the following modules:

  • Introducing study explore key themes of the programme and how it works
  • Reflecting on our experiences look at our experiences and feelings; deepening understanding; working one-to-one; building relationships
  • Exploring helping train to build relationships, by participating and growing community engagement and development
  • Facilitating informal education as an educator; trust in conversation; fostering democracy and association; exploring refection and learning; living with values
  • Teaching and group work design teaching programmes; manage groups assessments and evaluate activities
  • Reflection on professional practice direct work with children, young people and communities (3 modules)
  • Developing outdoor learning experiencing the outdoors – elemental learning, youth work and community learning
  • Preparing for outdoor learning Facilitate actives indoors/outdoors. Embed learning practices in daily life. Reflect on ourselves as outdoor and community educators and youth workers

At this point you can either finish the programme or carry on completing one further unit which leads to the Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Why add in the Access to Higher Education Diploma?

For a little more work you gain a qualification that can be compared to A levels and used to apply for a university place. UCAS – the main national route for making applications – has a new tariff or points system. It uses the credits you gain on your access programme to work out the entry points you have.

The table gives some examples – and how they stack up in relation to A levels. In an Access programme of 60 credits, 45 of these are graded and then used to build the score.

On the UCAS site there is a handy calculator where you feed in your results and see how many points you have.

How does Diploma Studies work?

Students can apply for this diploma programme at any time of the year. They are then registered at the nearest start point – January or September.

Most students complete these courses within 12 months. They learn through using a mix of face-to-face practice, online forums, specially prepared interactive study materials (accessible on mobile phones, tablets and computers or simply print), and activities and assignments. Students have the support of a work place supervisor and a tutor. Materials, forums and activities are accessed, and work submitted, through our dedicated e-learning system ymoodle.

Diplomas are awarded on the basis of successful completion of a work-based placement; written assignments and activities; regular meetings with a dedicated supervisor and line manager; and submission of final professional practice assessment package.

The College is able to organise a taught version of the diploma for agencies that have a group of students who want to complete the course with the support of a tutor.

For more details on how to apply or if you would like to discuss any of the above or have a course tailored to your needs, please contact our Further Education Coordinator fecoordinator@ymca.ac.uk