Educating the Whole Child (X6601)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

On this module you will explore the theories and approaches to concepts of childhood.

You’ll examine models of child development and the key learning theorists (such as Piaget, Bruner and Vygotsky) who underpin modern educational approaches.

You’ll consider the importance of educating the whole child – being healthy, safe, engaged, challenged and supported.

The module will cover how a skilled practitioner can interact and support this development through awareness of children’s needs, and how the different agencies and professionals working with children can contribute.

You’ll be encouraged to look beyond varying curriculums and think about a child's needs beyond academia. You’ll explore issues such as the promotion of well-being, multiculturalism, e-safety and anti-bulling.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 40 hours of contact time and about 110 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: