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Education (Childhood and Youth Studies)
Explore today’s children, youth and families - and develop your practice to value every child.
On this course, you’ll examine child and adolescent development in today’s economic, social, global and technological landscapes. You’ll examine key issues impacting children, youth and families - like:
- the role of the state in parenting
- the impact of policy on childhood experiences
- how children develop independence
- global approaches to education and care
You’ll develop a confident ability to support all the children you work with - whatever their needs. And you’ll be able to identify and employ evidence-based techniques to support each child.
You’ll explore your interests as a practitioner - whether that’s understanding the learning process, or developing children’s language skills. You’ll be exposed to different approaches - sparking new ideas for your own practice. And you’ll graduate with new insight into today’s children, youth and families - and the knowledge of how you can support them.
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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Financial support and scholarships
There are International Student Scholarships available for 2020 and other scholarships and funding options for postgraduate international students.
Learning and assessment
On the course, you’ll learn about the whole child, their family and their development. You’ll examine the rapidly changing social, cultural and technological landscapes that impact today’s children and youth. And you’ll consider changing family composition as well.
You’ll have the freedom to explore your interests as a practitioner. You might explore online pedagogies in science teaching. Or examine theories of the mind in children with autism. Or you could explore early years learning.
You’ll work with practitioners from many childhood and youth settings - like:
- youth workers
- children’s centre workers
- health and wellbeing professionals.
You’ll be pushed outside your comfort zone. You’ll be exposed to practitioner approaches from beyond your professional area. And you’ll discover new ideas for your practice.
The course can be studied full time, or part time over two or three years. Classes take place in the early evenings, to fit around work commitments. And your assignments are timed to coincide with school holidays.
The School of Education is a thriving centre for educational research and teacher professional development. Students on master's level programmes therefore join a large research community comprising researchers at all levels of higher education study.
We hold two major research conferences each year - the School of Education Research Conference and the EdD Colloquium. All students are invited to attend our annual Research
Seminar Series (which attracts both internal and external speakers). We also organise a number of conferences, lectures, seminars and debates, some of which have an international reach.
The School’s six research groups exist to encourage engagement in research, publication, conference presentations, seminars and workshops:
- Inclusion and Wellbeing
- Policy, Partnership and Leadership
- STEAM pedagogy and learning
- Humanistic Perspectives on Education
- Early Years
- Applied Linguistics
After you graduate
You’ll graduate with confident knowledge of the theory, research and policy underpinning your practice. You’ll understand how different techniques work. You’ll be able to make decisive decisions in any situation. And you’ll be able to convincingly explain your approaches to school leaders, parents and others.
You’ll also be more sensitive to children, youth and families’ diverse needs. You’ll become adept at creating inclusive learning environments - where everyone feels they belong. You’ll have increased awareness of social services for children, youth and families. And you’ll understand how these services can enrich lives and help mediate difficulties.
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.