Why choose MA Childhood and Youth Studies
If you are passionate about working with young people and are ready to take your career to the next level then this highly flexible, and ground-breaking master’s degree could be perfect for you. You will study a suite of modules which will collectively develop your understanding of the theoretical perspectives through which young people are currently understood and defined within interdisciplinary contexts. Additionally, you will critically reflect on current legislation, policy, and practice relating to young people. You will evaluate organisational structures and provision which regulates and promotes young people’s status, welfare, health and wellbeing, learning, and how multi-agency working impacts on youth contexts. You will develop the skills to interpret different political issues and events, past and present, that impact on young people. Finally, you will develop your knowledge and skills in research enabling you to undertake advanced research projects in the social sciences.
How does the online course work
MA Childhood and Youth Studies students log in to Chevron College’s Virtual Learning Environment and engage with weekly study resources at times that suit their own schedule. There are fortnightly live webinars which most students find very useful. These are recorded to accommodate students who cannot attend the live webinars. Recordings are accessible online after the live sessions. Timely feedback is provided on assessments to support students learning. Additionally, tutors offer 1:1 live support on Teams to students. The schedule of assessments across modules is carefully designed to ensure assessments are evenly spaced out across the semester. You will also undertake 400 hours of learning through placement.
You can contact your tutor by email, request a call back and for that extra peace of mind, obtain feedback on your assignments. Your tutor is available Monday to Friday 9-5:30pm.
MA Childhood and Youth Studies can be studied on a fulltime or part-time basis. You will be taught through a combination of online content and live webinars, as well as completing individual projects and research. You also undertake 400 hours of learning through placement. You will be assessed through essays, portfolios, poster presentations, research projects, presentations, and your 15,000 word research dissertation. Throughout the course you will have one-to-one support from academic staff to help you with your assignments.
- Leadership in Community Contexts (30 credits)
- Negotiated Study (30 credits)
- Childhood and Youth Studies Dissertation (60 credits)
- Contemporary Issues in Childhood and Youth Studies (30 credits)
- Theorising Childhood and Youth Studies (30 credits)
Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for the higher levels of salary scales set by the JNC for Youth and Community Workers.
Teaching and learning strategy
All students entering this MA Childhood and Youth Studies degree programme complete an intensive induction process. This induction prepares the novice learner to transition successfully to study in an online Higher Education environment. Our tailored induction process is comprised of a 1:1 induction meeting and skills session with their personal Studies Advisor. This 1:1 induction session will teach the student how to access our virtual learning environment and how to use zoom. These sessions are tailored to meet the needs of individual students. At Chevron College we are aware that IT skills vary between students. These sessions are therefore designed to meet each student at their own level. By the end of this 1:1 session each student will have learned how to access our VLE and online zoom meetings. All students will therefore have developed the skills to participate in the intensive 4 day class induction sessions.
The four induction sessions for the class group take place during the month prior to course commencement. At these sessions, students will be introduced to their course tutors and their class community. These sessions will teach students the skills required to succeed in an online Higher Education environment where continuous active engagement with resources and formative assessments is required. Students will learn academic writing and presentation skills. They will learn critical reading writing and thinking skills and they will learn how to conduct literature searches. These sessions teach the students the foundational thinking and IT skills required to participate in our blended learning degree programme.
Each semester runs for 12 weeks; students study 2 modules each semester. Students should allocate a minimum of 10 hours per week for each module.The weekly module content is released on the Virtual Learning Environment on a Monday morning at 6am. Each week there is a recorded lecture, a workshop/webinar and an Educational Action to complete for each module.
The lectures function to provide a content overview of the week’s learning and establish the expected aims and learning outcomes as well as the criteria for measuring their achievement. During the lecture key concepts, ideas and theories are introduced and contextualised. This reinforces the relevance of the material for the students with the use of examples
The workshops and webinars function to support students to investigate, question and develop critical thinking skills about the weekly topics. Students are supported to take part in active discovery within their class community. This supports students to develop their Higher Order Thinking Skills and to apply these ways of thinking and practicing to Case Studies, Problem Solving Scenarios and Ethical Dilemmas. The skills required to perform educational actions for example writing skills, analysis, using info-graphics, evaluation of a source etc are also scaffolded during the workshops/webinars.
Each week students are required to complete an educational action. This provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned. If they take part students are provided with feedback and feedforward on performance on the Learning Outcomes and expectations are clarified for demonstrating achievement in the final module assessment.
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