Taught course

Education (Early Years)

Birmingham City University · School of Education and Social Work

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree (or demonstration of ‘graduateness’*) plus current employment (paid or voluntary) in an early years service or setting

*Graduateness (the qualities skills and understanding gained through university experience) is determined via a written assessment and is given on the basis that you bring significant professional knowledge and experience to the programme.This pathway to Master's is important for the early years sector which includes many individuals who have positions of responsibility without having followed the traditional academic route.
We will accept RPL applications on this route prior to enrolment.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MA in Education (Early Years) is designed specifically for practitioners working in the early years sector and can be studied part-time alongside and in support of your day-to-day role. Each module builds upon the experience and knowledge that you bring from your professional outlook. The diverse, multi-disciplinary nature of the sector which encompasses education, childcare, family support, social work, and health is acknowledged through the construction and arrangement of modules that allow flexibility to explore theory related to specific, real-life examples from your practice.

The course is work-based by nature and structured in stages, leading to the Master's award which will make a significant contribution to raising the levels of qualification across the Early Years sector.
The course is designed to support and develop you into a highly reflective early years practitioner researcher who can improve outcomes for children and families through their practice. Prpgression is built into each but you have the flexibility to choose your own pathway through selecting your modules, that way you can tailor your study to suit your needs and areas of interest.
Our programme is based on the development of a community of practice (Wenger, 2002) and we value the social aspects of learning. All options include face-to-face days in Birmingham, England. Please note however that due to the impact of the pandemic, we are preparing contingencies to run our pathways through a combination of face-to-face taught days at our centre in Birmingham, virtual teaching and distance learning.

Information for international students

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595