Leeds Trinity University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Childhood and Education (Taught)

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Our MA Childhood and Education offers a unique opportunity to broaden your understanding of critical issues relating to childhood and education studies. It is suitable for recent graduates in early childhood studies or a related subject looking to deepen their knowledge of key themes relevant to the lives and education of children and for professionals working or looking to work in associated professions and progress in their careers. Delivered by experienced practitioners and academics, this MA offers an excellent preparation for progression in and into professional work with children or for those preparing to undertake further postgraduate or professional studies. This course will develop your critical understanding of a wide range of topics and debates relevant to the lives and education of children. It will involve study of significant research informed perspectives relevant to the diverse and complex nature of society. Our MA focuses on several key childhood and education themes within a framework of diversity, culture and identity which challenges marginalisation and exclusion. You will look at knowledge which underpins research as well as ethical policy, and how they both inform professional perspectives and practice. You’ll explore key theoretical perspectives and develop critical understanding of the effects of cultural, societal, political, historical, philosophical, global and economic contexts and social exclusion on diverse childhoods and development. In addition, you’ll gain an understanding of the formal and informal contexts for development and learning within the context of related disciplines and professions, elements that are emphasised throughout the MA programme.

Course details


The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study. Core modules: Introduction to Childhood, Education and Family This module will critically examine and reflect on current beliefs and analyse the foundations of reflective practice in and across related professional contexts. You’ll learn about theoretical underpinnings, competing frameworks and approaches, and their implications for ethical and effective practice. The module will provide a framework for reflection, evaluation and action planning for personal and professional learning. Interrogating Diversity, Marginalisation and Oppression This module aims to develop deep knowledge and understanding of diverse societies and the impact of marginalisation. You will be supported to apply critical analysis to modes of oppressive practice within a range of social, cultural and economic situations. Research Methods In this research module you will focus on research methods appropriate to the broad and complex field of childhood and education. This will culminate in the construction of your own fully justified research proposal. Dissertation or Major Study You can opt for either an empirical dissertation or theoretical major study. This is an opportunity to work closely with a research-active supervisor, who can help you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of theory and practice. Option modules: Sociology of Childhood and Education Study on this module will give students an opportunity to compare and critique sociological theories of education and constructions of childhood which have changed over time. You will critically engage with historical, economic and global aspects of childhood and education; including changing policies and ideologies and the variety of influences on children’s current lived experiences. Critical Debates in Childhood Studies This module will enable you to develop critical reasoning and the ability to synthesise knowledge from a wide range of theoretical perspectives, ethical debates and issues to generate a creative approach to the needs of a varied contemporary arena of childhood, including minority groups and those with special characteristics.

Entry requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement. The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you. We welcome applicants with the following qualifications and experience: A good (2:2 or above) BA or BSc degree in a relevant area. If English is not your first language, IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or equivalent is the minimum requirement. If needed, you will be asked to complete a pre-course assessment task where formal academic entry requirements are not met.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £11500 Whole course
England £4500 Whole course
Northern Ireland £4500 Whole course
Scotland £4500 Whole course
Wales £4500 Whole course
Channel Islands £4500 Whole course
International £11500 Whole course

Additional fee information

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