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BSc single honours Human Development (Mind, Body & Spirit) with Foundation Year 2020/21

Year of entry

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the Foundation Year you will go on to explore areas including:

  • lifelong learning and development
  • physical development and wellbeing
  • spiritual development
  • moral development
  • research and student academic development.

This degree has been designed to provide a multidisciplinary approach to human development with a strong science focus. You will consider the holistic development and wellbeing of humans across their lifespan drawing on a diverse collection of professional disciplines, literature, research and theory. You will may draw upon theory and research from different fields including education, health, welfare, sociology, anthropology, social policy, philosophy, spirituality, psychology, politics and moral values. 

You will consider the whole human lifespan, families and their wider communities, including global perspectives and diverse contexts to appreciate the inter-relatedness of development and learning, and its cultural, contextual and biological determinants. 

You will also discuss, analyse, critique, explore, and evaluate how humans develop in relation to the three key areas of mind, body and spirit while exploring your own development as a human being and considering wider issues such as health inequalities, poverty, the influence of politics and economics and how society shapes human development across the globe. 

Our teaching team offers expertise across a range of disciplines and bring research expertise and enthusiasm for their specialist areas of knowledge, enabling you to engage with the latest developments and insights from a wide variety of professions.

The course offers a range of optional modules alongside specialist modules. These modules will enable you to acquire interdisciplinary skills and concepts to help you work across a variety of disciplines.

Year 0

Core modules

Applied English, Maths and Science Skills for Education

The aim of the module is to enable you to become more confident and competent in English, Maths and Science and to understand and use these effectively to support your academic study. You will be introduced to the application of English, Maths and Science in education and some of the conventions and ethical issues surrounding the use of social media in education.

Communication and Academic Skills for Higher Education

The aim of the module is to introduce you to ways of researching and communicating ideas in Higher Education. You will be introduced to conventions of academic writing and ways of analysing information and presenting and evidencing your work within the context of your degree study.  

Introduction to Education

You will discuss issues related to the study of education within a current and a historical context and develop your spoken and interpersonal skills in the context of managed and focused discussion and debate, underpinned by evidence. 

Introduction to Human Development through the Lifespan

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the physical and psychological factors that can influence human development from conception to old age. It will focus on key underpinning theoretical explanations of human development and look at how these align with current understanding of individual differences.

Personal and Career Development

You will be introduced to key concepts relating to career development. Through discussion and evaluation of various presented personal narratives, you will identify the opportunities and barriers facing individuals regarding their personal development and their career choices within societal parameters.  You will consider, depict and present potential positives and issues relating to your own future.

During or at the end of your Foundation Year (Year 0) you will able to change to a different degree, subject to entry requirements. If you successfully complete and choose to leave after Year 0, you will receive a Transcript of Achievement. 

Year 1

Core Modules

Orientation to Higher Education and Research (20 credits)

This module aims to introduce you to research within the context of human development and to orientate you to higher education. You will be encouraged to debate, discuss and analyse the process of research and different research methodologies. You will also explore the concepts of knowledge and truth, and how these shape how we know and what we know about mind, body and the spirit.

Introduction to Psychological and Social Perspectives of Life Phases (20 credits)

The aims of the module are to introduce you to debates around lifelong human development from a psychological perspective. As such it will enable you to become familiar with theory and research related to lifelong development and well as the factors which may influence them.

Physical Development and Wellbeing (20 credits)

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of physical development throughout the lifespan, including the overall development of human beings, their evolution and elements of physical, sensory and biological development, health, wellbeing and the notion of disease. You will gain and understanding of development using the dimension of health and the interplay and relationships between the individual their environment, politics, economics, society and healthy lifestyles and disease.

Contemporary Spirituality (20 credits)

The aims of the module are to introduce you to debates around contemporary issues in spirituality.  It will enable you to familiarise themselves with some of the latest research in the field from a variety of perspectives. You will be encouraged to examine the role spiritual assumptions and practices may play in their life.

Optional Modules

Whose Morals are They Anyway (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to introduce you to what and where morals come from, how we develop moral understanding and how this plays out in everyday life. You will explore right wrong justice and fairness among other societal norms and values connected to morals and morality. It will enable you to become familiar with theory, research and the factors which exert influence on moral codes.

Pedagogy Andragogy and Identity (20 credits)

The module aims to examine how children and adults are taught, learn, and the development of the individual within the widest contexts. You will examine how we co­create, negotiate and interpret everyday worlds around us to understand human development and social beings. It will consider the multi­dimensional factors that affect learning and teaching.  The module will draw on child development, social cultural psychology and other social sciences to study human in their complex physical and social worlds.

Responding to Refugees (20 credits),

This module examines the experience of those who have been forced to leave their home nations because of issues such as war, persecution and famine, with a particular focus on the education of children.  This course provides knowledge and understanding to give you authentic, emotionally meaningful and practical insights into the application of humanitarian values in the most challenging of circumstances.

Year 2

Core Modules

Exploring Research Methods, Methodologies and Implications for Practice (20 credits) - Small Research Project

The module aims to provide you with knowledge of conducting a theoretical small scale or desk-based research project with or about children, young people or adults. Appropriate research methods will be introduced in addition to methodological constructs and concepts and ethical considerations within social science research.

Applied cognitive, emotional, language and social development (20 credits)

The aims of the module are to introduce you to theories and evidence which attempt to explain how humans develop cognitive, emotional, language and social skills through life, with a focus on those factors which can promote or impede development in these areas.

Physical Activity, Development and Movement (20 credits)

This module will develop knowledge and understanding of the importance of physical activity and how physical movement is developed in young children from birth throughout the lifespan. You will be able to recognise the importance of supporting physical development and sensory exploration across the lifespan alongside gaining an understanding of the inter­relationships between all developmental areas and will become familiar with a range of activities to promote purposeful physical activity and movement.

Critical Spirituality (20 credits)

This module will shift the focus from examples of contemporary spirituality to the way they – and religious experiences in general ­ have been ‘framed,’ defined and criticised by academic and non-academic discourses in the last 100 years or so. The problematic discourse of spirituality in the academy with be highlighted, as well as the marginalised nature of spiritual practices in society.

Optional Modules

You will choose from two modules. Likely modules include:

Contemporary issues in social politics (20 credits)

The module aims to develop an understanding of the relationships between political ideology, political practice and social legislation in the UK, European and International contexts. It aims to enable you to analyse recent and contemporary issues in social policies so you will be equipped to critically examine future policies, as well as considering the impact on society, families and community contexts.

Sustainability and the global village (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to develop your understanding of the phenomena ‘sustainability’ and ‘globalisation’. You will examine contrasting views about globalisation and gain insight into its positive and negative impacts. It will enable you to become familiar with theory and research related to globalisation and sustainability, and the factors which may influence them. Yous will be encouraged to take a critical perspective, evaluating the relative merits of theory and research. 

Voluntary Action in Education (20 credits) (work-related experience may require a DBS check)

The module aims to provide an in-depth examination of the relationship between voluntary activity and education. It will enable you to explore two central themes of activity; the practical role of voluntary action in children's education and how voluntary activity helps us construct our ideas of momrality. As part of the teaching strategies, four third sector organisations will be used as case studies to help you transition from the theories to practical realities. There will also be opportunities for you to debate, present and reflect on your own knowledge and understanding. 

Year 3

Core Modules

Independent Study (20/40 credits)

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to follow a reasonably sustained line of enquiry in an area of interest area related to human development and to produce a structured and relevant research project. 

By undertaking this module, you are expected to develop a critical understanding of the body of knowledge and theoretical perspectives within the area of study. This will be undertaken by engaging in the research process, analysing and evaluating theories and concepts surrounding research and their own perspectives and those of others.

Research in Action: Social Action and Participation (20 credits) (work-related experience may require a DBS check)

The module will actively engage you in social action opportunities to address social inequalities and/or social needs to bring together the knowledge, skills and concepts you have been developing through the previous levels of the course. You will work in partnership with a community-based organisation and/or charity to research and investigate how to explore and address a community and/or social need related to your discipline. You will work collaboratively with a lead academic, your fellow students and, most importantly, members of the community, to evaluate and advocate individuals and/or community's voices within a specific area of need. 

Therapeutic approaches to personal development (20 credits)

The aims of the module are to introduce you to therapeutic approaches to human development. As such it will draw on several theoretical traditions that are derived from clinical research as well as literature related to personal development.

Physical Activity Dilemmas (20 credits)

This module will examine and explore the current and contemporary issues of physical activity dilemmas, which for example, may include balancing personal freedom not to exercise, with costs of unfit populations. It will consider historical and potential future physical activity dilemmas that are foreseen. It will build on the knowledge and understanding you have delivered from both physical activity and wellbeing module (year 1) and physical activity and development of movement (year 2).

Spirituality, Imagination and the Landscape (20 credits)

This module will introduce you to several important contemporary discourses and practices which link spirituality and wellbeing with the mythic imagination and the arts, with an emphasis on landscape. The module aims to encourage a creative response, requiring you to undertake a project which will be presented to your peers.

Optional modules

You can choose one or two optional modules. Likely modules include:

Embodying Education (20 credits)

This module introduces you to a critical and embodied understanding of ‘knowledge’ in education. Through reflective workshops as well as embodied practices (e.g. mindfulness relaxation, yoga, martial arts and cross-curricular teaching practices) the module explores the philosophical and sociological theories of knowledge and how particular ‘rational’ forms of knowledge have taken dominance in educational settings. 

Reflective on Ethics and Morals: Whose ‘right’ is it anyway? (20 credits)

This module aims to support your critical engagement with the development and variety of human ethics and morals. You will critically reflect on, and develop, your knowledge and understanding of approaches to morals and ethics which are embedded within a framework principally concerned with understanding the origins and implications of moral and ethical standpoints.

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Global Perspectives on Health

This module is designed to give you critical understanding of global health issues and global health initiatives on an international and global stage. You will examine the importance and progress in reaching and evaluating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. You will consider contemporary health issues across the globe and explore the role of public health, health promotion and protection systems policies and interventions. You will explore the role of non-government and government-organised organisations and agencies and how accountability, funding and research might support development of human society in future.  

On successful completion of the course you will be able to progress on to many of our Master’s courses. Professional areas that you may consider following successful completion of our BSc Human Development (Mind, Body and Spirit), include policing, social work, therapeutic careers, education, human resources, youth work, life sciences, and other human-based services.

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fee of £9,250  / £13,000 relates to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

DBS
CategoryDescription
DBS Check You will need to pay for a DIsclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if you undertake an activity that requires one. 

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

UK/EU

Full-time study

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International

Full-time study

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UK

For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email:  courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1227 928000
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EU/International

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Fact file

UCAS course code

  • B301 Human Development (Mind, Body & Spirit) with Foundation Year
  • B300 Human Development (Mind, Body & Spirit)

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

Starts

  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

    Candidates must show sufficient motivation to benefit from study at this level.

    A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is not an entry requirement, however if you take part in work-related experience, visits or placements to settings or educational establishments where you are undertaking regulated activity, the setting may determine that a DBS check is required. You will be required to undergo a DBS check and arrange this through the University before undertaking the activity.

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