Key features of the Childhood and Youth Studies (Honours) course at The Open University UK
- Spans the entire age range from early years to youth
- Topics include child development and psychology, international childhoods, research with children, and children’s literature
- Explores children and young people’s lives from different perspectives alongside students studying and working in different settings
- Relevant to a wide range of careers in childcare, education, health and social care
Skills for career development
This degree provides an effective foundation for a wide choice of career paths. It emphasises independent thinking, develops analytical and communication skills and will help you become a clear and confident writer – all attributes that are highly valued by employers. Specific skills you’ll develop include:
- analysing, critically evaluating and effectively communicating information to others
- competence in team and project work, supporting and/or supervising others
- organising, synthesising and questioning opinions and arguments
- evaluating the appropriateness of different approaches to problem-solving
- managing and organising time, resources and information to support decision-making
- reflecting on your own learning and performance and taking steps to improve it
- using ICT effectively and being able to interpret data.
A degree in childhood and youth studies gives you skills and knowledge relevant to many careers in childcare, health, education, working with families, playwork, or working with young people. It will develop your understanding of practices and policies that affect children, and introduce you to many new aspects of the subject – helping you make informed choices about future career paths. This degree is not a professional qualification, so many of our graduates choose to undertake postgraduate training before progressing to employment in specialist fields such as:
- early years work, including play therapy and hospital play
- speech therapy
- voluntary sector work
- youth work
- education support and welfare
- social work
- probation work
- personal and careers guidance
- sport and fitness.
The education sector in particular provides increasing opportunities for teaching and non-teaching staff in schools, further and higher education and non-school settings.
This degree will develop your research skills if you want to go on to further study.
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Programme StructureCourses include:
- Exploring perspectives on young children's lives and learning
- Investigating psychology
- Learning and teaching in the primary years
- Making a difference: working with children and young people
- Psychology of childhood and youth
- Children's literature
- Young lives, parenting and families
- Issues in research with children and young people
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- 36 months
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
We expect to open for registrations in March
DisciplinesEducation Family & Consumer Science Psychology View 55 other Masters in Education in United Kingdom
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.
However, two of the Stage 1 option modules do have requirements:
- Learning and teaching in the primary years (E103) – you’ll need to observe practice in a formal educational setting for children aged 3–12
- Exploring perspectives on young children’s lives and learning (E109) – you’ll need practice experience in an a setting for children aged 0–7
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International6192 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 18576 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
EU/EEA6192 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 18576 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
Current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £6,192.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.