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Study mode

Part time


36 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MEd - Master of Education

Subject areas

Learning Theory Childcare Skills Children / Youth (Social Work)

Course type


Course Summary

This programme is designed for current and aspiring leaders and managers in childhood practice who have, or are willing, to undertake a practitioner qualification. It provides a practice-based examination of the theoretical approaches important to leadership and management within childhood practice.


  • On successful completion of the diploma you will be given the opportunity to progress to masters and undertake the dissertation element.
  • You will gain experience of relevant theoretical approaches which will develop an understanding of the leadership and management in childhood practice.
  • The programme will also develop research, writing and professional skills which will enable practitioners to register with Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at a manager level.
  • You will review your own work experiences and use the findings to set your professional development targets within the programme.


If you have a leadership role in childhood practice settings (or are looking for such a role) the programme will enhance your personal and professional development. The MEd in Childhood Practice and Leadership helps support pedagogical leadership and systems leadership allowing those who work in childhood practice to develop their skills and knowledge and career prospects within the service.


By the end of this course students will be able to discuss and critique a range of understandings of childhood in contemporary society explaining how these influence the students understanding of children; Demonstrate critical awareness of the socially constructed nature of childhood; Analyse and evaluate a changing understanding of the concept of childhood; Discuss the impact and influence of rights for children (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989 and any subsequent documents from UNICEF) and examine the implementation of children's rights in different contemporary societies; Identify the values implicit in contemporary documentation, which relate to childhood, and legislation on children's rights; Consider how documentation and legislation on children's rights affect and influence Childhood Practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£482 per 30 credits. Additional fees applicable.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

An ordinary degree in any academic discipline. You should also have completed or be prepared to undertake a practice qualification: HNC, SVQ3, SVQ4 (in Children’s Care, Learning and Development or Playwork) or an equivalent professional qualification that allows you to register with a professional body (RCN/GTCs etc). If you do not meet these requirements but are currently working in a childcare setting and hold a degree, you can apply with the understanding that you must complete a practice qualification before graduation from the University. You will be expected to undertake placement based assignments. You will also be required to provide an employer’s reference.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The university has over 7,000 postgraduate students from 140 countries around the world, taking up taught and research degrees. Study options vary from Financial Economics...more

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