Postgraduate MA

Childhood Studies and Early Years

Advance your professional and academic development by exploring contemporary and critical issues about young children and their learning.

Childhood Studies and Early Years

Course Overview

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    Distance Learning
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    1 Year
  • Start date

    16 Sep 2024

Take a 'whole child' approach to the study of children and the issues that affect them and their families.

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Specialise your study through one of two distinct routes - Early Years and Children & Young People
  • Choose the Early Years route if you want to focus on applying a critical lens to young children's education and care within a variety of settings
  • Choose the Children & Young People route if you’re interested in focusing on critically examining concepts, contexts and practice related to childhood
  • Recognise and champion every child. Using the latest research you’ll explore the theoretical and conceptual terrain of childhood to inform and develop your own practice
  • Study modules designed to highlight the importance of the child's voice and children's participation

Take a holistic approach and recognise children as active social agents and meaning makers with the ability to both interpret and shape their social worlds.

Diverse perspectives
You’ll explore contemporary issues about children's and young people's social, political, cultural and educational lives in a global context. We have students from a variety of professional backgrounds on the course which encourages diverse perspectives in class discussions.
We draw on ideas from a wide variety of academic disciplines including history, geography philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology. You’ll gain a broad and more developed view of the sector and children and young people’s needs.

Flexible learning
You can study this course over one, two or three years. It's delivered through day, evening and Saturday sessions or via distance learning to fit around your working pattern.

Why study Childhood Studies and Early Years at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Professionally experienced expert teaching team
  2. Start on your path in becoming Qualified Teacher Status accredited
  3. Strong and meaningful partnerships with schools and community organisations
  4. Part-time study available
  5. Distance learning study

MA Childhood Studies and Early Years MA Childhood Studies and Early Years student Yvonne talks about her experiences of studying at Leeds Beckett.