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MA in Childhood and Youth

This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of childhood and youth underpinned by a commitment to integrated practice. It is ideal if you want to enhance your knowledge of this area, whether you’re already working in the field or planning to do so. You’ll begin by exploring the family; law; children’s rights; politicised childhoods; participation and voice issues; consumerist childhoods; education; ethnicity and religion; child criminology; child sexuality; and multi-cultural childhoods – within a worldwide context, using case studies linking theory to practice. Finally, an extended piece of writing will help you examine the changing policy, organisational, personal and professional contexts of work with children and young people.

Key features of the course

•Equips you with the critical tools to analyse policy and to reflect on your own practice
•Designed to help you develop professionally and meet the diverse and changing needs of children and young people
•A strong focus on multi-agency working and inter-professional practice
•Offers a choice between a short research project or literature review.

This qualification is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England.


We recommend that you study no more than 60 credits per year. This qualification offers you the flexibility to study the modules in any order but you should plan your studies carefully based on the future availability of modules.

To gain this qualification, you require 180 credits as follows

120 credits from the following compulsory modules:

• Children and young people’s worlds: frameworks for integrated practice (E807)
• Critical practice with children and young people (K802)


60 credits from the following optional modules:

• Continuing professional development in practice (U810)
• Development: context and practice (T877)
• Understanding children’s development and learning (ED841)

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Credit transfer

If you’ve successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.

Visit the MA in Childhood and Youth page on the Open University website for more details!





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