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  • Qualification

    MEd - Master of Education

  • Location

    University of the West of Scotland

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary


The MEd Early Years is primarily aimed at professionals working in the Early Learning and Childcare sector in its widest definition , including practitioners, teachers, leaders of educational settings, and those working in healthcare and social work. The programme is currently offered online using the University’s virtual learning environment, Moodle.

The current national and international priorities focus on tackling inequality through raising attainment and reducing poverty. Current policy frameworks are underpinned by UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and tackle inequality through supporting families, early years intervention, raising attainment in literacy, and developing responsive pedagogical practice. These approaches are core to this qualification.

The MEd equips participants with knowledge, understanding and skills that will support them to pursue positions of responsibility in the areas of Early Learning and Childcare.

There is also the possibility for students to study other modules within the wider CPL portfolio that are aligned with the GTCS Standard for Career-long Professional Learning, and teachers can use modules studied as part of the MEd towards their GTCS Professional Update portfolio.

Teaching & Assessment

There is no requirement to attend ‘face-to-face’ sessions on this innovative course as it is offered online, using the UWS virtual learning environment. However, online combined with face-to-face delivery may also be an option for some cohorts.

Materials are supplied online and the system allows access to both electronic journals and e-books. Participants are required to contribute to online discussion threads on themes relevant to the modules.

The approach taken to the learning and assessment is that of reflection on and in practice thus making the theory and practice links necessary to enhance future practice.

Tuition fees

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£ 13,000overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of the West of Scotland

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  • Campus address

    University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, High Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 2BE, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    6th out of 84 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    183 89%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    100 100%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.28 86%



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