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Course Overview

A large and growing body of research shows that adolescents who score high on social and emotional wellbeing report improved grades, better relationships, less trouble at school and a lesser likelihood of emotional problems.

On this course, ultimately, you’ll learn to help adolescent learners develop the skills and mindsets that will allow them to thrive. You’ll investigate the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of young people, explore the uses of neuroscience in education and help youths embrace lifelong learning.

·         Understanding adolescence and adolescents

Let’s get started

Welcome to the course. Find out what we’ll cover in our two week journey, meet the team and other learners and share a little about yourself.

Lifelong learning for adolescents: Setting the stage

Why is age/stage development important? What implications does it have young adolescents’ future learning?

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Adolescent development

Let’s further investigate adolescence, an important stage in every child’s development. Here we’ll look at the key features of physical, social, and emotional development.

A focus on cognitive development

Next we delve deeper into cognitive development during adolescence and investigate the links with emotional development.


Weekly wrap

Time to reflect on what we have learnt this week and celebrate our achievements. Congratulations on coming so far.

·         Week 2

Promoting learning through social and emotional wellbeing

Students’ perspectives

Let’s hear from a couple of young adolescents about their perspectives and experiences of social and emotional wellbeing.

Social and emotional challenges: What can you do?

Adolescence is a sensitive period of growth. During this time we need to consider brain plasticity and implications for learning and social and emotional wellbeing. Find out how positive youth development frameworks can help.

A teacher’s perspective

To gain another perspective, we hear from a teacher on the subject of social and emotional wellbeing.

Course wrap up

Congratulations! You’ve almost finished the course. Let’s wrap it up with a final discussion, a quick quiz to test your knowledge and for those of you choosing to upgrade, a test opportunity is also available. Well done!

This course is for anyone in a role that supports young adolescents. For example: parents, teachers, youth leaders, guidance officers and counsellors.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Investigate lifelong learning as a context for young adolescent learners
  • Explain the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of young adolescents
  • Explore applications of neuroscience with a particular focus on social and emotional impacts for cognitive engagement
  • Evaluate strategies to optimise adolescent social and emotional wellbeing
  • Accredited CPD certificate