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Education (Early Years)

This course enables students to develop expertise in this growing area of education and become a specialist in promoting high quality practice in early years settings. Critical aspects of social, emotional and cognitive development are established in the 1st 5 years of life emphasising the importance of this phase of education. Students develop their knowledge and understanding of how children develop and learn, along with the most effective ways to create an enabling learning environment. Students are introduced to different pedagogical approaches, including international perspectives, which include a critical analysis of the role of the adult in supporting young children's learning. The course incorporates various elective modules which enhance skills and insights into developing quality educational provision for young children.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Course modules

Modules include: education: economics, politics and society; early childhood care and education; social science research; outdoor play and learning; including vulnerable learners; leadership and team work; dissertation.

Assessment methods

There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed
through coursework which typically involves an essay. For some modules assessment may be by verbal presentation or online activity. The dissertation focuses on an area agreed with a specialist tutor, who offers guidance on structure and academic writing.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 2 Years

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