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MA in Childhood and Youth free course icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

MA in Childhood and Youth

This postgraduate degree offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of childhood and youth ? covering aspects of theory, policy and practice. It is ideal if you are a graduate professional working with children and young people and seek to advance academically and professionally. It's also suitable if you're not currently working with children and young people but are looking to move into the profession. The degree deepens understanding and develops practice through a wide range of case studies within a global context that link theory to practice. These include education, the family, the law, children's rights, politicised childhoods, participation and voice, consumerist childhoods, ethnicity, religion, child criminology, child sexuality, and multi-cultural childhoods. It also offers you flexibility within the final dissertation module, where you'll choose between a small-scale inquiry or an extended literature review and research proposal. It will be of particular interest if you have completed an undergraduate degree in Childhood and Youth Studies, Early Years or Early Childhood, Education Studies (Primary) or Health and Social Care.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Childhood and Youth Studies free course icon

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Postgraduate Certificate in Childhood and Youth Studies

This certificate will be attractive to anyone with a personal or professional interest in exploring different aspects of children and young people's worlds and who wish to develop critical analysis skills. It is relevant for graduates working with children or young people who wish to advance academically and professionally or those with a background in childhood and youth studies; youth work; youth justice; sociology; health and social care; social work; nursing; anthropology; psychology; education and the voluntary sector including charities and NGOs. It also gives those not currently working with children and young people, the opportunity to move into the profession or move between professions.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Childhood and Youth Studies free course icon

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Postgraduate Diploma in Childhood and Youth Studies

This diploma will be attractive to anyone with a personal or professional interest in deepening their understanding and practice of children and young people's worlds and who wish to develop critical analysis skills. It is relevant if you're a graduate working with children or young people and want to advance academically and professionally. It would also be suitable if you have a background in childhood and youth studies; youth work; youth justice; sociology; health and social care; social work; nursing; anthropology; psychology; education and the voluntary sector including charities and NGOs. If you are not currently working with children and young people, this diploma may allow you to move into the profession or move between occupations.

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BA (Honours) Early Childhood free course icon

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BA (Honours) Early Childhood

If you currently work with children from birth to seven years, or are looking to learn more about young children's lives and experiences, this degree could be of interest to you. You'll investigate early childhood from national and international perspectives with a focus on the central importance of children's voices and the participatory nature of young children's experiences. You'll also gain an understanding of early childhood in diverse social, cultural and multi-disciplinary contexts.

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Education & Development 

Top-up BA (Honours) Early Childhood

This top-up route enables experienced early years practitioners to gain our BA (Honours) Early Childhood in just one or two years. With an existing Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma or Diploma of Higher Education in Early Years/Early Childhood, you'll advance your professional development by completing two modules that cover working with children, and how research contributes to our understanding of children and young people.

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BA (Honours) Education Studies (Primary) free course icon

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BA (Honours) Education Studies (Primary)

Are you interested in the education of children aged between 3 and 12? Are you thinking about pursuing a career within education or becoming a primary school teacher? This degree will give you a sound foundation for further study relevant to a range of roles within education. You'll develop your understanding of policy and practice in primary education, and gain the knowledge and skills needed to work collaboratively and equitably in a range of settings.

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BSc (Honours) Nursing (Children and Young People)

You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.

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BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies free course icon

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BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies

What makes young people tick? What shapes and influences children's development? How can the adults who work with children support them more effectively? Childhood and youth studies is one of the UK's fastest growing academic disciplines. The OU is a pioneer in this field and over the last 15 years has developed this wide-ranging interdisciplinary degree for anyone working with children and young people or with a general interest in the field.

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Diploma of Higher Education in Early Childhood free course icon

Education & Development 

Diploma of Higher Education in Early Childhood

If you currently work with children from birth to seven years, or are looking to learn more about young children's lives and experiences, this diploma could be of interest to you. You'll investigate early childhood from national and international perspectives with a focus on the central importance of children's voices and the participatory nature of young children's experiences. In this diploma, you'll develop your understanding of policy and practice in early childhood. It will help prepare you for further study and gives you a foundation for careers working with young children and their families across all sectors.

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Diploma of Higher Education in Education Studies (Primary)

Are you interested in the education of children aged between 3 and 12? Are you thinking about pursuing a career within education, or becoming a primary school teacher? This diploma will give you a sound foundation for further study relevant to a range of roles in primary education. You'll develop your understanding of policy and practice in primary education, and gain the knowledge and skills needed to work collaboratively and equitably in a range of settings.

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Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood and Youth Studies free course icon

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Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood and Youth Studies

Develop your understanding of the factors influencing and issues facing children and young people in a range of social and cultural contexts. This engaging and wide-ranging interdisciplinary diploma is for anyone working with children and young people or with a general interest in the field. You'll investigate policies, practices and issues affecting the lives of children and young people across a range of settings ? developing your knowledge, your analytical skills and improving your practice.

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Certificate of Higher Education in Early Childhood free course icon

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Certificate of Higher Education in Early Childhood

This certificate is relevant for anyone interested in young children's learning and development, including practitioners working in early-years settings or those wanting a career working with children from birth to seven years. In this certificate, you'll develop your understanding of policy and practice in early childhood. It will prepare you to engage with further study as a foundation for careers working with young children and their families across all sectors.

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