Early Childhood (Interdisciplinary Studies) at Liverpool Hope University - UCAS

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Course summary

By studying at Liverpool Hope University, you will be joining an academic community with a strong record in educational research. You will study in a supportive learning environment and be encouraged to develop your own research profile. This block is part of the ‘Interdisciplinary Studies in Education’ suite of research-informed Master’s provision. It offers each student a choice of awards that means they can tailor the available provision to their own research interests. The delivery pattern of the MA programme is flexible to suit the needs of our students. Normally our classes run in the evenings and/or some Saturdays. The number of evenings you attend will depend on whether you choose to study the course full time or part time. The combined MA is a 180-credit course of which this block forms 60 credits. Please choose one other 60-credit block subject from the list indicated below (the third 60 credits will be the dissertation phase). The degree will be called MA Early Childhood and X where X is the other block you study. Please note each block is made up of two 30-credit modules.


The full Masters award requires you to gain 180 credits, including a 60 credit dissertation. The following modules are studied as part of the Early Childhood curriculum. The remaining credits should be made up from your other subject specialism. The Development of Young Children’s Thinking and Learning in Socio-Cultural Context (30 credits) This module studies a range of theories relating to young children’s learning. It briefly visits traditional learning theories of Vygotsky, Bruner, and modern theorists. The majority of the module expands on the traditional aspects by examining attitudes and practices which provide for optimal learning. This examination includes social, cultural, historical and political influences on learning in national and international contexts. There are opportunities for students to engage with international literature and to benefit from the breadth of experiences brought to the debate by students from a variety of backgrounds. Children’s Rights and Participation (30 credits) This module will develop an understanding of children’s rights, starting with the UNCRC. It will examine the implications of the convention in national and international contexts, both politically and practically. This course will examine the contemporary meanings of children’s rights and participation. It will analyse the concept of participation in relation to listening and consultation. Through Shier’s (2001) model of participation, it will consider how participation is facilitated in practice. It will enable to students to examine their own ability to facilitate participation through critical reflection. It will also examine the wider implications of facilitation in the context of the children, welfare and the state.

How to apply

International applicants

International applicants should refer to the International section of our website for further information – www.hope.ac.uk/international/

Entry requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline. Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students where they are required to visit settings other than their own. Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.56.5 overall score with no individual score lower than 6.0

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Early Childhood (Interdisciplinary Studies) at Liverpool Hope University - UCAS