Kent Student Certificate for Volunteering, Platinum Award - SO670

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 15 (7.5) DR E Hogg




Students who choose this module will be required to attend a welcome meeting in May 2019. This meeting will introduce the volunteering requirements of the module and give you a chance to get started on your volunteering over the summer. If you have any questions, please email Dr Eddy Hogg at



This is a 15 credit course which will enhance your CV, particularly if you are hoping to work in the public or voluntary sector. You will be supported to undertake three placements in a variety of volunteering roles, both on and off campus; attend four lectures on the voluntary sector and complete a reflective learning log to help you think about your experiences and the transferable skills you are gaining.

The following 2 units are compulsory:

Active community volunteering
Project Leadership

Plus 1 unit selected from the following:

Active university volunteering
Training facilitator
Committee role

All students taking this module are expected to attend four sessions that provide the academic framework for understanding volunteering, as well as practitioner knowledge that will be helpful as you progress through your placements, and invaluable preparation for your essay. These sessions last one hour each and are spaced evenly throughout the academic year.


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Method of assessment

Assessment is through successful completion of 100 hours of volunteering, undertaken in 3 placements covering volunteering on campus, in the community and project leadership. Students create a portfolio to illustrate their learning and critical reflection during these placements, and give a presentation describing and reflecting on their volunteering experiences. In addition students submit a 1500 - 2000 word essay. A mentor will be provided for the duration of the module.

Portfolio 40% Reflective participation in lectures, seminars and online discussion 10%, 1500 - 2000 word essay 25%, Presentation 25%.

Indicative reading

Nina Eliasoph (2013) The Politics of Volunteering: Cambridge: Polity Press
Colin Rochester, Steve Howlett, Angela Ellis Paine (2010) Volunteering and Society in the 21st Century. Palgrave Macmillan

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate:
awareness and understanding of the issues and barriers surrounding volunteering: self awareness of their skills and abilities and how to apply said skills to the wider working community
ability to self-appraise and reflect on practice
an awareness of the benefits and value of volunteering to the local and wider community: an awareness of their own impact upon a volunteering placement
communication and presentation skills
team work and interactive group skills
leadership and motivation
problem solving
ability to adapt to changing situations
ability to plan and manage learning

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