If you start in October 2018, to gain this qualification you require 180 credits as follows
Children and young people’s worlds (E808) forms the introductory part of this route. It focuses both on interdisciplinary and international aspects of childhood and youth as well as on the postgraduate study skills needed to succeed at this level. This module introduces you to the ‘big ideas’ in childhood and youth and some of the contemporary debates in the field. The specialist elements of the module are addressed through additional content knowledge, choice of academic papers that inform discussion points and assessment tasks.
Credit transfer is permitted but will be assessed by the qualification team. To ensure smooth transition to Stage 2 for students transferring from other institutions, some generic material is available (via a Badged Open Course on OpenLearn) to support students that will benefit from this additional material.
The compulsory Stage 2 module will extend your knowledge of interdisciplinary aspects of childhood and youth and will have a particular focus on policy and practice as they relate to children and young people’s lives. You will explore the implications of research in current practice and develop an understanding of the role and limitations of research for informing professional practice with children and young people.
In this final stage you will be required to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding gained from your earlier studies and to further develop your knowledge and research skills. This involves writing a proposal and obtaining approval to conduct a piece of enquiry or applied research in your organisational setting (or chosen area of work where appropriate). You will be expected to write to standard protocols including full ethical clearance and other permissions as appropriate. You will be required to submit a 12,000 word dissertation at the end. The chosen area for the research will be situated in your practice and contribute to organisational development and/or effectiveness.
You will need to have DBS clearance to undertake this research. If such research is impractical, you don’t work in a practice setting, or are overseas, you will be able to complete an extended critical review of a body of literature on a subject of your choice relevant to the qualification themes.
You must study these modules in the order shown below and you must successfully complete one module before you can progress to the next.
180 credits from the following compulsory modules:
| Compulsory modules
- Children and young people’s worlds (E808) - planned for October 2018
- Critical practice with children and young people (E809) - planned for October 2019
- MA Childhood and Youth dissertation (E810) - planned for October 2020
If you started before October 2018, to gain this qualification you require 180 credits as follows
You will complete two compulsory 60-credit modules, and you will gain the final 60 credits either from appropriate credit transfer or from a choice of one 60-credit or two 30-credit optional modules. If you have completed Children and young people’s worlds: frameworks for integrated practice (E807), you can use this in lieu of E808 in the new route. We recommend that you study no more than 60 credits per year. The modules can be studied in any order but you should plan your studies carefully based on the future availability of modules.
120 credits from the following compulsory modules:
60 credits from the following optional modules:
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules D860, D864, E848, E805, E855, E856, E859, ED840, TU871.
You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 60 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.
The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.