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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

The target group for this course is professionals working within school management teams in primary schools with responsibiity for supporting staff working with children in the age range birth to 8, but who have had little of no experience themselves, beyond Initial Teacher Education courses as undergraduates,  in working with this age range. It would also be appropriate for those aspiring to management positions in primary schools. The course content will cover complexities, such as building resilience in children,  around best practice in supporting the development and learning of young children and will cover contemporary issues associated with this. Content will also focus on the child in the socio-cultural context.

The course will be delivered mainly by online, distance learning with the opportunity for an induction session on campus. Students will be actively encouraged to collaborate with others in the cohort. There will be opportunities for practice-based tasks and observations in other settings. Course materials will be underpinned with reference to wider reading.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Catriona McDonald

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Master of Education in Autism and Learning or Master of Education in Guidance and Pupil Support or Master of Education (Educational Management) or Master of Education in Advanced Professional Studies or Master of Education or Master of Education in Plurilingual Education or Master of Education (Community Learning and Development) or Master of Education in Inclusive Practice or Master of Education in Advanced Professional Studies (Ch Te) or Master of Education (Studies in Education) or Master of Education (Early Years)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will provide students with opportunities to engage with theory and practice in supporting the learning and development of young children., through the exploration of a number of current issues. Course content will address child development and learning and also the child in the socio-cultural context.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments



Part 1 short essay 1000 words; Part 2 short essay 1000 words; Part 3 short essay 1000 words; Part 4 Revised parts 1-3 plus essay 6000 words total

Resit -

There will be one opportunity to resubmit the completed revised  assessment, addressing identifed inadequacies in the original.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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