Childhood Practice MEd/PgDip

Teaching children

This programme provides a practice-based examination of the theoretical approaches important to leadership and management within childhood practice.

Key facts

Why Glasgow

  • On successful completion of the programme you will meet the requirements of the Standard for Childhood Practice (Scottish Social Services Council, 2007).
  • Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Childhood Practice will be given the opportunity to progress to masters and undertake the dissertation element.
  • You will get to review your own work experiences and use the findings to set your professional development targets within the programme.
  • Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Childhood Practice will be given the opportunity to progress to masters and undertake the dissertation element.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses and two placement courses.

The taught component will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and group project work.

You will develop the research, writing and professional skills to enable you to register with Scottish Social Services Council at a manager level.

Core courses

  • Childhood practice: building a professional learning community
  • Leading improvements in childhood practice
  • Contemporary perspectives on children and childhoods
  • Practitioner enquiry and decision making.

Background and aims

What our students say

Entry requirements

for entry in 2015

You will be required to have a degree (or equivalent) 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).

Any applicant who does not meet these requirements but is currently working in a childcare setting and holds a degree can apply with the understanding that they must complete a practice qualification before graduation from the University of Glasgow. You will be expected to undertake placement based assignments. You will be required to provide an employer's reference to help support your application.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2015-16 (subject to change and for guidance only)

MEd

Home and EU Part-time 20 credits: £321

PgDip

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

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.

How to apply

If you wish to apply then please contact the Programme Leader, Dr Mary Wingrave (mary.wingrave@glasgow.ac.uk) or the Programme Administrator, Jenna Wright (jenna.wright@glasgow.ac.uk) to obtain an application form.

Standard application deadlines

  • UK and EU applications 14 August 2015.