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Helping Children Learn

Level 0 (CQFW Level 3), 10 Credits.

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What can we do to support our children’s learning in a fun and enjoyable way? This course will provide practical and useful ways of helping children’s key skills such as reading and writing as well as developing their speaking and listening capabilities. Set in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere classes will provide opportunities to learn and share experiences with others and improve our confidence to help those who need it.

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Who is this course for?

For homework club volunteers and parents to be able to understand how children learn, and how best to support children in developing key literacy skills.

Learning and Teaching

Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of small group work. Sessions will include class exercises and the use of stimulus materials, and there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

There will be no formal examinations. The basis of assessment is flexible, but will usually take the form of a portfolio of coursework (totalling approx. 1000 words), which encourages reflection on practice. Other forms of assessment may include quizzes and questionnaires, and discussion of case studies.

Your work will be assessed by your tutor, who will offer you written feedback which we hope you will find constructive. The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are flexible and are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

The tutor will recommend books, articles and web sources.

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on

(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.