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MA Education (Early Years)

Course Description

This modular course will support you to develop as a critically reflective practitioner working within the Early Years sector. Through the study of theory and reflection on practice you will gain a deeper understanding of child development and playful learning with particular reference to the EYTS curriculum. Children's engagement with core skills such as mathematical understanding and early reading will be considered in a wider political context.

Course detail

The first phase of the course is taught together with the Early Years Teacher Status course. You will then progress to complete the full MA Education (Early Years) and carry out an enquiry focusing on your own area of interest.

This modular course offers a learning environment to help you schedule your study around work and other commitments. Our experienced staff have wide ranging experience and specialisms in Early Years and Education, and will provide support throughout your course.


You will work towards the Early Years Teacher Status award in the first instance, by successfully completing the following modules:

• Critical Perspectives in the Early Years Foundation Stage
• Qualifying for Early Years Teacher Status
• Becoming an Early Years Teacher

At this stage you will be awarded Early Years Teacher status. To gain the award MA Education (Early Years) you will then continue to complete the following modules:

• Researching Education
• Dissertation:


The course will be delivered through seminars, group-work, online engagement, directed learning and project supervision.


Assessment is by a variety of methods including written assignments, directed tasks, posters and short oral presentations.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the MA Education (Early Years) page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Usually participants are required to hold an Honours Degree (or equivalent) and a qualification related to their professional field. This qualification might be a teaching qualification (eg PGCE, PGCE (PCET), Cert Ed, PG Dip).Experience within their professional field is also required.

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