Professional Practice with Children and Young People MA

Professional Practice with Children and Young People MA

School of Social Work, Care and Community


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
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    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two or Three years. Attendance is usually weekly on Wednesday afternoons and evenings with occasional teaching on other days.

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Why study this programme?

The MA in Professional Practice with Children and Young People will enhance your knowledge and academic confidence. It provides specialist knowledge in children’s rights and participation and child safeguarding as well as an introduction to a broad range of practical, legal and theoretical approaches.

Aimed at practitioners working with children and young people who wish to update their knowledge or develop their ability to critique and innovate in their practice, the course is also suitable for recent graduates seeking to specialise in this area.

The course has local links to voluntary and statutory sector provision for children and young people in social work, education and health. It is also part of the European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights and through this provides opportunities to engage with international networks.   

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Entry Requirements

Minimum award of 2.2. at first degree level or equivalent.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

If taken full time, the 3 fixed modules and 3 of the 4 options plus the dissertation are all studied in one year. (Part-time study year given in brackets)

Three fixed modules (year 1 if part-time) 

  • Theorising Childhood and Adolescence
  • Childhood in Law and Welfare
  • Safeguarding Children

Year 2

Three modules chosen from four options (year 2 if part time) 

  • Designing and planning a research project
  • Global perspectives on Children’s Participation
  • Social Pedagogy: Theory and Practice
  • Social Policy and Practice (work-based learning)

PLUS (year 2 or 3 if part time)

  • Master’s Dissertation

Further Information

If a full-time student cannot continue their studies then there is an exit award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice with Children and Young People which is detailed in the programme specification. To be eligible for this award, a student must have obtained 60 credits.

For any MA student who cannot continue their studies and who has 120 credits, there is an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice with Children and Young People. 


Students have access to a well-stocked library and wide range of on-line resources including the latest journals in the field.

In addition to teaching through informal class based discussion and self-directed study there are options of:

  • A module co-taught with children and young people
  • A work-based learning module 
  • Research
  • Conferences and seminars

Students can access the seminar series run through the School of Social Work, Care and Community, where leading international scholars present their latest research to staff, students and practitioners.

The teaching staff have practice and academic experience and include some of the leading international authors in the field.

Each module has clear Learning Outcomes and the student is assessed through a combination of presentations and written assignments. The choice of assignment subject is open, to enable each student to focus upon their specific interest while evidencing they have achieved the learning outcomes. Each piece of work must meet the 50% mark to pass and assignments are submitted and marked electronically.

The wider benefits of choosing to study at UCLan include; lecturers who build confidence and skills in professionals who are returning to academic study. The peer support from other students and networking opportunities are significant. Free access to complimentary lectures and seminars with international researchers and academics. Library access 24/7 with online access to library resources, blackboard facilities, gym, student discount, complimentary software and study support.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.