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Choosing your route: Childhood and Youth Studies

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Published: 15 May 2020

Our brand new MA Childhood and Youth Studies course has been uniquely designed with the student at its core: one course with three different outcomes depending on your personal experience and aspirations.

Developed for postgraduate students or senior professionals interested in specialised or advanced study of childhood and youth, this course is of particular interest to those wishing to be, or already employed, in the children and young people’s workforce. There are three alternative pathways available on this course:

MA Childhood and Youth Studies

In line with recent international developments in social studies of childhood and youth, this pathway is interdisciplinary in its approach, but has a strong emphasis on perspectives drawn from sociology, social policy, community and youth work, and childhood studies.

MA Childhood and Youth Studies (Early Years-Graduate Practitioner Competencies)^

This pathway enables you to acquire the knowledge, understanding, skills and aptitudes necessary to undertake and become a graduate who is capable of successfully undertaking and completing advanced research projects. You'll have a minimum of 25 days placement on this pathway, although this could be up to 80 days depending on your experience. Due to the specialised nature of this pathway, an interview is required and we will only accept a maximum of 10 students in September 2020.

MA Childhood and Youth Studies (Youth Work, professionally validated and recognised by JNC)*

This MA level pathway will be professionally validated by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and will meet the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) standards. You'll undertake 400 hours of learning through placement. Upon graduation, you'll be eligible for the higher levels of salary scales set by the JNC for Youth and Community Workers. Due to the specialised nature of this pathway, an interview is required and we will only accept a maximum of 10 students in September 2020.

Overall, our course is based on an informed and critical approach to the academic study of childhood and youth. It is intended to reflect both the needs and continuing professional development of postgraduate students, as well as the philosophical traditions and current developments in the social studies of childhood and youth.

For more information, or to discuss which pathway is suitable for you, please get in touch with Programme Leader Dr Bruce Marjoribanks.

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^Subject to validation

*We are seeking JNC recognition as a professional youth and community work qualification for this programme, though the validation process is not yet complete

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