Why study Informal education?

Informal education explores how this holistic way of working helps people to develop and change their lives. Here at George Williams College we pay special attention to working in everyday situations, and how this can move into more formal moments of exploring issues and problems, into teaching and group work, and back again.

Informal education draws on many of the same ideas and ways of working as social pedagogy, but has a stronger focus on responding to, and working in, everyday situations.

This 54 credit programme is professionally accredited for youth work through ABC Awards, and via CLD Standards Council for Scotland for community learning and development. It is also mapped against the Social Pedagogy Professional Association’s new standards for social pedagogy.

Informal education draws on many of the same ideas and ways of working as social pedagogy, but has a stronger focus on responding to, and working in, everyday situations.

What do you study?

You study the following modules:

  • Introducing study explore returning to studying; key themes of the programme and how it works
  • Reflecting on experiences looking at our experiences; attending to feelings; deepening understanding; working one-to-one; building relationships
  • Exploring helping thinking about helping, relationship, community development and participation
  • Facilitating informal education being an educator; trusting in conversation; fostering democracy and association; exploring refection and learning; living with values
  • Teaching and group work thinking about needs; designing programmes; teaching; managing groups; assessment and evaluation of activities; working with groups
  • Reflection on professional practice direct work with children, young people and communities (3 modules)
  • Developing communities and local organisations thinking about neighbourhoods. Developing sustainable communities, networks and groups
  • Evaluating community learning and development prepare a business plan, develop and manage projects, local groups and organisations

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

Why add in the Access to Higher Education Diploma?

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/points system. UCAS uses the credits you gain on your access programme, to work out the entry points you have. The table gives some examples on 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 enter your results and calcuate points you have.

How does Diploma Studies work?

Students can apply for this diploma programme at anytime 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 desk tops or simply print), and activities and assignments.
Students also 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. Submission of final professional practice assessment package.

The College is also 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