MA

Childhood Studies and Early Years

Teaching & Learning

Distance Learning - overall workload

If you choose to study this course by distance learning, as a guideline you will need to allocate around 10 hours per week to complete each module plus a further five hours for additional reading and assignments. These 10 hours of teaching and learning will be delivered using a range of interactive resources, this typically includes audio and video content, group discussions, reflective exercises, quizzes, online reading and much more. All these resources are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment and can be accessed at a time and place that suits you.

Distance learning

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

To study this course, you will require broadband internet connection with a speed of 2mbps and working speakers. You will need Windows 7 / Mac OSX 10.8 or above and have access to Chrome v64=3 or higher (recommended). Edge v42+, Firefox v57+ or Safari v6+. Java and Adobe Reader will need to be enabled and you will need a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768.

Complete technical requirements are detail in the full guide. Visit our distance learning website

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are currently unable to advise on the mode of teaching for September 2021, however we will keep you updated and provide more information as soon as we can. We continue to follow government guidance and your teaching and learning will reflect the restrictions in place at the time of delivery. We currently anticipate that you may experience a blended approach – this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and online teaching and learning. You can keep up to date with teaching and learning at Leeds Beckett via our Covid-19 website. Updated course specifications will be available in August 2021. In the meantime, our existing course specifications are available.

What you'll learn

Develop an understanding of the ways in which discourse works to construct different ways of thinking about childhood and early years. You will learn to identify dominant, competing and contradictory discourses of childhood and the ways in which they are encoded in a range of cultural texts.
Gain the skills to critically assess the work of others, and the knowledge to begin conducting your own research.
You will be encouraged to think about children's interests and priorities as expressed through their playful engagements.
Explore the ways that children develop concepts of social identities from early years to adolescence. You will investigate the ways in which social, political and cultural forces influence children's identities and the extent to which identity is assumed or enforced.
Negotiate, plan, conduct and evaluate a research project that is relevant to the theoretical and professional content of this course.
Explore the ways in which childhood has been conceived of by a variety of different disciplines, and the contribution of the social studies of childhood towards advancing our understanding of contemporary childhood.
Develop an understanding of the ways in which discourse works to construct different ways of thinking about childhood and early years. You will learn to identify dominant, competing and contradictory discourses of childhood and the ways in which they are encoded in a range of cultural texts.
Gain the skills to critically assess the work of others, and the knowledge to begin conducting your own research.
You will be encouraged to think about children's interests and priorities as expressed through their playful engagements.
Explore the ways that children develop concepts of social identities from early years to adolescence. You will investigate the ways in which social, political and cultural forces influence children's identities and the extent to which identity is assumed or enforced.
Negotiate, plan, conduct and evaluate a research project that is relevant to the theoretical and professional content of this course.
Explore the ways in which childhood has been conceived of by a variety of different disciplines, and the contribution of the social studies of childhood towards advancing our understanding of contemporary childhood.

What you'll learn

You will be encouraged to think about children's interests and priorities as expressed through their playful engagements.
Explore the ways that children develop concepts of social identities from early years to adolescence. You will investigate the ways in which social, political and cultural forces influence children's identities and the extent to which identity is assumed or enforced.
Conduct a detailed and in-depth study in a topic of your interest.
Explore children's engagement with and participation in cultural phenomenon and cultural texts produced by and for children.
You will be introduced to recent theoretical developments in the field of childhood and early years that have sought to 'reclaim' physical, biological and material aspects of childhood as significant elements of children's experiences of the world.
This module focuses on young children's early language development and communication. You will explore children's linguistic development; language diversity and multimodal communication; and the importance of quality provision and practice at home and in early childhood education and care settings.
You will be encouraged to think about children's interests and priorities as expressed through their playful engagements.
Explore the ways that children develop concepts of social identities from early years to adolescence. You will investigate the ways in which social, political and cultural forces influence children's identities and the extent to which identity is assumed or enforced.
Conduct a detailed and in-depth study in a topic of your interest.
Explore children's engagement with and participation in cultural phenomenon and cultural texts produced by and for children.
You will be introduced to recent theoretical developments in the field of childhood and early years that have sought to 'reclaim' physical, biological and material aspects of childhood as significant elements of children's experiences of the world.
This module focuses on young children's early language development and communication. You will explore children's linguistic development; language diversity and multimodal communication; and the importance of quality provision and practice at home and in early childhood education and care settings.