Education (Early Childhood), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The MA Education (Early Childhood) provides an opportunity for graduates in the children’s workforce to progress onto postgraduate study in their subject area. It also provides access to modules from other related subject areas, as part of the programme, to reflect the multi-professional nature of their interests.


It enables the student to make choices that will support their developing expertise in particular areas within the wide range typical of the childrens workforce. It combines a social science and educational approach to research in this subject.

There are increasing numbers of graduates in the childrens workforce, and an increasing focus on continuing study and professional development. Many have taken advantage of the provision of study and training pathways for the Early Years Professional Status (a graduate status).

Programme Structure

The curriculum is constructed from 60-credit ‘Blocks’ of provision, from which students will choose two of the combinations permitted.

Early Childhood block

Term 1 The Development of Young Children’s Thinking and Learning in Socio-Cultural Context.This module studies a range of theories relating to young children’s learning. It briefly visits traditional learning theories of Vygotsky, Bruner, and modern theorists.

Term 2 Children’s Rights and Participation.This module will develop an understanding of children’s rights, starting with the UNCRC. It will examine the implications of the convention in national and international contexts, both politically and practically.

Disciplines of Education

Term 1.Core Philosophers of Education.This module examines the development of philosophy of education from a historical perspective. The approach taken in this module is similar to that of 'history of ideas' modules in philosophy courses where a range of historical figures from philosophy of education will be discussed.

History of British Education.This module explores the political, social and cultural factors that have helped shape reform processes in British education (primary, secondary and university-level) since the late 18th century.

Term 2. Educational Inequalities in the Global Age.This module examines education and inequality in a global age. This module will look at the role education plays in reinforcing and/or equalising societal hierarchies with a particular focus on social class, gender and ethnicity/race.

Psychology of Education. The module will explore contemporary theoretical approaches within developmental psychology. It will be covering biological, cognitive, social cognitive, neuro-cognitive, social and emotional areas development.


Pedagogy: Theory and Practice block

Term 1 Learning, Teaching and Assessment. This module aims to develop participants’ understanding of a range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies which promote learners’ progress in order that all can achieve their full potential.

Term 2. Curriculum Theory & development.This module aims to support development of subject knowledge in the participant’s subject discipline or age phase specialism. It is focused on contribution to curriculum development within the educational setting.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 27 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

You will also need adequate experience within the children’s workforce. It is expected that applicants can demonstrate engagement in CPD and provide a reference confirming their suitability to work at MA level.

Tuition Fee

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    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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