Modules to be studied within one year.
The Cultural Shaping of Birth and Beyond (30 Credits)
This module explores how and why we have arrived at the current experience of 'birth and beyond'. You will explore how pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenthood have developed over time in our society and come to understand more about the major influencing factors. This will take you on a journey through contemporary social, philosophical and political theories that have affected thinking in UK society, focusing on how this relates to the 'birth and beyond' experience. You will examine theories and events from a range of perspectives including: culture, politics, economics, society and technology. As a result you will be able to consider the implications for the contemporary experience of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenthood.
Bringing about Change for Birth and Beyond (30 Credits)
This module explores change in relation to the experience of 'birth and beyond'.' You will explore how to recognise what changes may be coming, analyse what change is desirable, and develop a plan to influence change. During the module you will explore the social, cultural, economic and political factors that stimulate and affect change, and look at theories and evidence of change in practice. You will engage in the national debate about birth and beyond, undertake your own research into a change topic, and develop essential practical skills in building and presenting a local or national case for change. As a result of this module you will be more confident in identifying, presenting, and implementing change either within NCT or when working with other professionals in local or national organisations.
The Adult Learner (30 Credits)
This module aims to deepen your understanding of adult learning by exploring the theoretical underpinning, enabling you to better support learners in both formal and informal, group and individual learning environments. During the module you will build on your existing knowledge by exploring current and historical educational theory about the ways adults learn, the barriers to learning and how to best support learning. As a result of this module students have felt their interaction with adults and learners to be enriched, and their personal motivation increased, bringing new and greater satisfaction to their work.
Independent Study (30 Credits)
This module is an opportunity to put your research, analysis, and writing skills into practice, though an in depth exploration of an area of personal interest in the field of 'birth and beyond' or 'teaching and learning'. Through delving into the literature around a topic of your own choice you may discover new ideas, and develop new concepts or theories. You will have the support of the module leader and a supervisor, chosen specifically to help you with your own field of enquiry. As a result of this module you will have achieved a significant piece of work, and huge self-development.