• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
This Childhood and Youth course from The Open University UK  offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of childhood and youth – covering aspects of theory, policy and practice. It’s for graduates with a background in childhood and youth studies; sociology; health and social care; anthropology; psychology; or education.
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Overview

The Childhood and Youth programme from The Open University UK  would be particularly relevant for those working with, or aspiring to work with, children and young people, as well as those who want to advance academically and professionally.

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

Career relevance

This MA course will be attractive to professionals working with children and young people who are graduates and seeking to advance academically and professionally, as well as those with a related degree but not currently working with children and young people who are looking to move into the profession, and people considering moving between professions within the sector. It should also be of interest to people in a managerial or supervisory role, to senior members of the workforce, and those seeking to move into senior or managerial positions.

This MA in Childhood and Youth will have a strong appeal for students who have completed the BA (Hons) in Childhood and Youth Studies, BA (Hons) Early Years or Early Childhood, BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary) or the BA/BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care. The content of the qualification will be relevant to graduates working in early years provision, education, social work, nursing, healthcare, youth work, youth justice and the voluntary sector including charities and NGOs. You should ensure that you check entry requirements for specific professional areas before embarking on study. 

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Children and young people's worlds: frameworks for integrated practice  
  • Critical practice with children and young people  
  • Continuing professional development in practice 
  • Critical issues in equity, diversity and education practice 
  • Development: context and practice  
  • Educational leadership: context, strategy and collaboration  
  • Leading professional practice in education 
  • Understanding children's development and learning  

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You must have a bachelors degree from a UK university (or equivalent) to study this course. 
  • Your degree can be in any subject, although childhood and youth studies, sociology, health and social care, anthropology, psychology or education are particularly relevant. 

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3240 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9720 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3240 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9720 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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