London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

This distance-learning programme is designed for professionals working within the early childhood workforce, including those who may not be working directly with children but are involved in developing the early childhood workforce, such as further education lecturers and local authority advisors. The course draws on current debates in the field and promotes deep understanding of the early childhood theories and policies that underpin your work. It offers the opportunity to advance your knowledge, understanding and professional practice through engagement with current research and thinking in early childhood.

The is a high quality, contemporary and coherent programme designed to meet the needs of professionals working within the early childhood workforce. It involves a reflection and analysis of your own professional practice. A commitment to equality, diversity, social justice and advocacy are themes central to this programme.

The master's course is delivered by distance learning using an interactive online platform and individual academic support from tutors. As well as academic content, the interactive online platform includes podcasts, video, online discussions and links to identified reading either as scanned chapters or through access to our wide range of online books and academic journals. The early childhood studies team has a long history of developing accessible study for the early childhood workforce. London Met was one of the first universities to offer an undergraduate programme designed for those working within the early childhood workforce both as a face-to-face and distance learning programme.

The course is underpinned by the following aims to: develop a detailed understanding of current research and thinking in the field of early childhood; appraise research and theory continuously and reflect on its impact on early childhood provision and practice with an emphasis on your own professional practice; develop a sophisticated understanding of the historical, economic, social, cultural and political contexts which impact the lives of young children and their families; develop a comprehensive understanding of, and commitment to, issues of equality and diversity, social justice and advocacy in relation to the field of early childhood. Career opportunities and potential continuing professional development include advisers to local and national government, further and higher education tutors, leadership roles within early childhood and doctoral research. Graduates have gone on to roles as early years educators at nurseries and play therapists at children's hospitals.

Start Date:

Students will study this course by Full-time Distance Learning.. Students will study this course by Part-time Distance Learning..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Distance Learning
MA - Master of Arts £5,780 Home Fees
1 year
Distance Learning
MA - Master of Arts £5,780 European Fees
1 year
Distance Learning
MA - Master of Arts £5,780 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students will be required to have a relevant honours degree (at least 2:2) and work within the early childhood workforce. Some of the modules require an observational visit to a setting offering care and education for children from birth to seven-years-old. Where you are not working directly with children you will need to be able to commit to this component of the programme.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: overall academic IELTS score of 6.0 including Listening: 5.5, Reading: 5.5, Writing: 5.5, Speaking: 5.5; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Component scores required: Listening: 51; Reading: 51; Writing: 51; Speaking: 51; Cambridge English - Certificate of Proficiency overall grade required: C. A certifying statement of results is also required.