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You must have a bachelors degree from a UK university (or equivalent) to study this course. Your degree can be in any subject, although childhood and youth studies, sociology, health and social care, anthropology, psychology or education are particularly relevant.
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check
The research project option in E822 is only available if you are a UK resident as you will need to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check (or equivalent in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). Students in Scotland will also need to meet the requirements of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme. The criminal record check must be appropriate for the setting in which you intend to carry out your research. The DBS (or equivalent) must bear the same name as given in your post-registration agreement form. You also need permission from your employer to undertake this work. If these conditions cannot be fulfilled then you should choose the literature review option for E822. There is a literature review option in E822 which will suit students who are unable to obtain UK DBS clearance.
Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, it's recommend that you will need a minimum score of 7 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Months of entry
This postgraduate degree offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of childhood and youth - covering aspects of theory, policy and practice. It's for graduates with a background in childhood and youth studies; sociology; health and social care; anthropology; psychology; or education. It would be particularly relevant for those working with, or aspiring to work with, children and young people, as well as those who want to advance academically and professionally.
Information for international students
This qualification is also available in the Republic of Ireland and Continental Western Europe.
Fees and funding
For more information about fees and funding, please visit The Open University website.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- part time48 months
- Online learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- The Open University
- 0300 303 5303