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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 05/04/2022 10:09:13

Title of Module: GA WBL Implementing Practice in a Team

Code: EDUC08040 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 40 ECTS: 20
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:K  Mohammed

Summary of Module

This module aims to provide opportunities to develop experience and undertake work within an ELC setting and therefore must take place in a recognised work environment. The work based learning undertaken will involve the student in the day-to-day operation of the setting. Each student will have a Workplace Mentor and an Academic Tutor appointed, who will ensure a productive learning experience for the student. Students will extend their understanding of play-based learning and child development in practice, facilitating play and implementing practice as part of a team. A focus on observation and child-centred practice, including the development of learning experiences in the areas of Literacy, Mathematics and Science will underpin this module. Students will continue to build upon good practice which embraces play, pedagogy and the environment, social and emotional development and will continue to develop understanding of child development. Students will begin to demonstrate their ability to effectively evaluate children’s learning and experiences and to evaluate their own practice.

This work based learning module extends across three terms. It is recommended that students will develop their skills in this area, by contributing to practice in the following way:

Term One: Supporting Practice in a Team

Term Two: Implementing Practice in a Team, working under guidance

Term Three: Implementing Practice in a Team

It is recognised that some students may demonstrate qualities and skills which enable them to begin to support practice prior to Term Three. This may be agreed in consultation with the Workplace Mentor and Academic Tutor.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:




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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Reflect on the development of employability skills and workplace practice in an Early learning and Childcare context.

L2. Develop, facilitate and implement play opportunities, applying knowledge and understanding of theories of learning, play and pedagogy.

L3. Use knowledge and understanding of theory, and concepts and specialisms studied, to begin to lead learning opportunities and to evaluate workplace practice.

L4. Contribute effectively as a member of a team within an Early Learning and Childcare setting, implementing practice.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 8.

Knowledge and understanding of the scope, defining features, and main areas of the Early Learning and Childcare sector.

Specialist knowledge in Literacy, Mathematics, Science, play, pedagogy and social-emotional development.

Awareness and understanding of some major current issues in Early Learning and Childcare workplace practice.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Carrying out routine lines of enquiry, development or investigation into professional level problems and issues in Early Learning and Childcare.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Undertaking analysis and evaluation of concepts, information and issues that are common within Early Learning and Childcare.

Using a range of approaches to formulate and evaluate evidence-based solutions/responses to defined and/or routine problems in a workplace environment.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Conveying complex ideas in a well-structured and coherent form, demonstrating an ability to explain informed ideas and decisions.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Exercising autonomy and initiative in carrying out defined activities in an Early Learning and Childcare setting.

Taking the lead to plan learning opportunities in familiar or defined areas of the Early Learning and Childcare setting.

Practicing ways to show awareness of own and others’ roles, responsibilities and contributions when carrying out and evaluating tasks.

Working , under guidance, with others to acquire an understanding of current professional practice and implement practice in familiar areas of work.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module will involve the use of VLE, Interactive Whiteboards, on-line tutor/student led discussions, individual and group tasks, workshops and student-led seminars, group-work, role-play, presentations, problem based learning and will be used to develop student learning. Formative and summative assessments will be used including such instruments as presentations and work based learning.

Student handbooks, and other detailed material made available to students, will give more specific information on the particular learning and teaching methodologies, and combinations of these methodologies, to be used for timetabled student sessions. This will clarify for students both their expectations for timetabled sessions, and their expectations for the overall balance of learning and teaching methodologies to be used during the module.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Work Based Learning/Placement 282
Lecture/Core Content Delivery18
Independent Study100
400 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Ephgrave, A. (2018) Planning in the Moment with Young Children: A Practical Guide

for Early Years Practitioners and Parents. Abington: Routledge.

Meggitt, C. (2012) Child Development: An Illustrated Guide. Oxford: Pearson.

Nutkins, S., MacDonald, C. and Stephen, M. (2013) Early Childhood Education and

Care: An Introduction. London: SAGE

Pound, L. (2009) How Children Learn: Contemporary Thinking and Theorists. London:

Step Forward Publishing.

Powell, S. and Smith, K. (2018) An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies. London:


(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
All fulltime students (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries) are required to attend all scheduled classes and participate with all delivered elements of the module as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Consideration will be given to students who have protection under the appropriate equality law. Please refer to UWS Regulations, Chapter 1, 1.64 – 1.67, available at the following link:

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelChildhood Studies/Practice
External ExaminerI Birnie
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
ePortfolio 80%
Observation of Practice 20%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of practical workcheck mark check markcheck mark800

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Performance/ Studio work/ Placement/ WBL/ WRL assessment check mark  200
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using VLE, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries). The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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