M.A. Early Years Education

UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

Application deadline: EEA Sep 14
Tuition fee:
  • £ 6,240 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 14,080 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This masters degree will:

* look at challenging issues relevant to early years education
* develop your skills in assessing the quality of early years practice
* engage with current understandings of teaching and learning
* increase your understanding of policy development
* draw your attention to recent debates and issues
* enable you to conduct research in early years settings.


This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

* access professional development that is informed by best practice in early years education
* prepare for leadership roles
* develop your understanding of general methodology and research methods.

Length of programme

One year full-time or two years part-time


Face-to-face evening sessions

How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments and a 20,000 word dissertation.

Interested in finding out more? Why not come along to our open evening, Tuesday 11 September, 5pm-7pm in central London? For further information and to book your place, please visit ioe.ac.uk/open


Core topics

* Teaching, learning and assessment in the early years
* Early years curriculum
* Play in the early years
* Oracy and literacy development
* Understanding diversity
* Contemporary issues in early years education
* Education research

Related topics

* Leading policy and practice for early childhood services
* Improving early childhood through interventions
* Theories of childhood and children's rights


Entry requirements vary from course to course, so pleasecheck individual pages of the prospectusor website for full details.

Applicants for taught Masters programmes are requiredtoprovide evidence of:AUK honours degree or accepted equivalent.

English language proficiencyat the level set out in our academic regulations. We accept IELTs(overall 7.0, reading 6.5, writing 6.0), TOEFL(paper 650, computerised 280, internet 100) and Pearson Test of EnglishAcademic Scores (68-70).Applicants automatically meet the English proficiency requirement if they hold a degree from a majority English speaking country issued within the last 3 years, or if they have been educated from secondary school onwards in a majority English speaking country.

Applicants for taught Masters programmes are required to write a personal supporting statement of 700-850 words.

The personal statement is an important part of the application and it is to be completed in accordance with paragraph 10 of the guidance notes on Completing your UKPASS application. Where a supporting statement does not provide adequate evidence of ability to study at Masters level, qualifying routes may be offered to applicants.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL paper-based test score : 650
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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