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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Professional Studies in Children's Play - still time to apply - via University of Gloucester

Interested in gaining further qualifications to help support children's right to play? Visit University of Gloucester website for details of their course:

Professional Studies in Children's Play 

Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MA
There's more to children's play than meets the eye and we can show you why.
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


  • a course which helps develop a critical appreciation of the importance of play in the lives of children
  • a course that draws upon a diverse range of academic disciplines and historical and contemporary research
  • a course which helps develop a critical appreciation of contemporary issues in providing playspaces.

Career Paths

  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Play Space Designer
  • Managers of Children's Services

How will the course be assessed?

Each module is assessed separately. Coursework, essays, patchwork texts.

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

Study Options

Part-time via blended/distance learning



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