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Course Content

Course content

Recognise and champion the uniqueness of every child as you take an holistic 'whole child' approach to the study of children and the issues that affect them and their families. Using the latest research, you will explore the theoretical and conceptual terrain of childhood to inform and develop your own practice. This course will enable you to specialise your study through two distinct routes - Early Years and Children & Young People

The Early Years route will see you apply a critical lens to young children's education and care within a variety of settings. The Children and Young People route will focus more closely on critically examining concepts, contexts and practice related to childhood.

We recognise that children are active social agents and meaning makers with the abiloty to both interpret and shape their social worlds. Therefore, each module has been designed to highlight the importance of the child's voice and children's participation.

To fit around your working patterns and personal commitments, you can study over one, two or three years through day, evening and Saturday face-to-face sessions or online via our Virtual Learning Environment.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Core modules

  • Theorising Childhood
  • Critical Discourses in Childhood & Early Years
  • Ethical Research with Children

Option modules

  • Diverse Childhoods: Identity & Inequality (Childhood pathway)
  • Playful Learning & Playful Pedagogies (Early Years pathway)
  • Social History of Education
  • Creative Writing Pedagogies
  • Making Drama (on campus only)
  • Working with Children & Families
  • Ethical Enquiry
  • Literature & Childhood
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Critical Review of Contemporary Childhood Research
  • Student Negotiated Learning
  • Developing Early Language & Communication
  • Enabling Environments & Spaces of Childhood
  • Embodied Childhoods
  • Children, Crime & Social Justice
  • Reflexive Research in Practice
  • Childhood & Risk
  • Children's Cultural Words

Job prospects

If you work with children and young people, this course will help you to progress to managerial or senior leadership level. It is also suitable should you wish to pursue a career working in early years or with children and young people in, for example, youth justice, child and family support, policy development and education, or should you want to pursue a doctoral qualification.

  • Early Years Advisor
  • Nursery Co-ordinator
  • Children's Charity Worker
  • Social Worker

Visit the Childhood Studies & Early Years - MA page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!




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