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University of Chichester

Early Years Professional Practice

The MA Early Years Professional Practice has been designed for Early Years practitioners and allows you to receive academic recognition for existing knowledge and skills, work-based learning, or modules taken at other institutions.

Previous relevant qualifications, knowledge or skills can count towards your final award and by combining them with further study at the University of Chichester, you can achieve awards at three levels: the Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Arts.

The course offers a flexible and responsive approach to meeting the CPD requirements of employers and practitioners. It addresses current agendas for flexible, practice-focused and work-based, post-qualifying training. The course is tailored to individual interests and development needs, as well as current and future career goals. Content includes work-based projects and activities, enabling students to effect real change in their own organisation, within an academic framework.

The MA consists of three phases:

Phase 1 - Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) Early Years Professional Practice
Phase 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Early Years Professional Practice
Phase 3 - MA Early Years Professional Practice

Course modules

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) Early Years Professional Practice

  • Child Development
  • Leadership and Pedagogy
  • Legal and Policy Frameworks

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Early Years Professional Practice

  • Advanced Critical Analysis and Decision Making
  • How to Conduct Research

Optional modules include:

  • Advanced Practice in Working with Risk
  • Mentoring
  • Developing Resilience
  • Critical Review of Practice Theory
  • Portfolio of Academic and Professional Learning & Development


Topic to reflect and contribute to the development of an aspect of Early Years Practice

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, presentations, portfolio and exam. There is also a dissertation for the Masters programme. You will be supported by a team who have a wide range of experience across the early years and also be encouraged to monitor your own progress, giving you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers during your course.


For fees please contact the department.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Full-time 1 Years

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