Young child playing in a ball pit

Study mode

Part-Time

Campus

Oxstalls, Gloucester

Developed in conjunction with practitioners, this course will give you a critical understanding of the role of children’s play.

If you are working in or with the field of children's play, our programme can help you articulate the unique nature of children's play and its relevance to the current social policy agenda.

Our MA in Professional Studies in Children's Play is an academic programme that has been developed in conjunction with practitioners and professionals from a range of sectors. The programme aims to meet the needs of professionals including playworkers, early years' workers, educators, landscape designers, planners, environmental educators, health professionals and animateurs in a variety of contexts - museums, zoos, tourism, public space. The programme places an understanding of the nature and benefits of play for its own sake at the centre of study rather than seeing play as an instrument to achieve other purposes.

The overall aim of the programme is to provide students with the opportunity for both work-based and desk-based active learning and research in order to develop a critical appreciation of the role of adults in providing for and supporting children's play.Typical Modules

  • Perspectives on Play
  • Play and Space
  • Perspectives on Playwork Practice
  • Applied and Contemporary Practice
  • Postgraduate Enquiry
  • Independent Project

Study style

You’ll work on a combination of work-based and desk-based projects, including an independent research project on a topic of your interest. By the end of the course you will have developed a critical appreciation for the role of adults in providing for and supporting children's play.

Entry requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent
  • You will need to be CRB/DBS checked (or equivalent)
  • You will need to have access to an environment to observe play for some modules
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.

Details of tuition fees when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

Careers

  • Play workers and early years' workers
  • Educators
  • Landscape designers
  • Environmental educators
  • Health professionals

Designed for children's play professionals

The programme aims to meet the needs of professionals working within the field of children’s play, including play workers, early years' workers, educators, landscape designers, planners, environmental educators, health professionals. It will also cater for amateurs from contexts such as museums, zoos, tourism, and public space.

Learn how to articulate the ‘unique nature’ of children's play

Studying modules such as Play and Space, and Perspectives on Play, you’ll develop your understanding of the nature and benefits of play for its own sake while also exploring its relevance to the current social policy agenda.

 

Combining work-based and academic learning

You’ll gain experience working on a combination of work-based and desk-based projects, including an independent research project on a topic of your interest. By the end of the course you will have developed a critical appreciation for the role of adults in providing for and supporting children's play.

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