Keele University

Keele University

Child Care Law and Practice

The central aims of the course are to update and enhance knowledge of relevant law and research literature and to provide an opportunity for experienced practitioners to further develop and critically reflect upon their skills, as applied to a variety of areas and settings in work with children. It also aims to promote anti-discriminatory practice, inter-agency understanding and interdisciplinary working. The programme is structured in a way that allows students to maintain full-time employment while studying, with teaching for each module taking place over an intensive 3-day period. The programme, therefore, is designed to appeal to both the 'conventional' postgraduate student and specifically, those already engaged professionally in this area of activity, in social work, health, and the legal profession or otherwise.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from appropriately qualified and experienced childcare professionals from areas including, but not limited to, social welfare, law, criminal justice and healthcare. Applicants should normally have a 1st degree with 1st or 2nd Class Honours or equivalent and/or relevant professional qualifications. Candidates who do not meet the standard criteria will, however, be considered.

Course modules

Taught component: compulsory modules: foundations and principles of childcare law and practice (30 credits); contemporary issues in childcare law and practice (30 credits). Optional modules: children looked after (30 credits); youth justice (30 credits); education law (30 credits); children and medicine (30 credits). Research component; dissertation (60 credits).

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on coursework and a dissertation. There are no exams. Assessment of each taught module is by written assignment of about 5,000 words each. A choice of essay titles is provided for each block. In the research year the emphasis is on independent research: there is a research methods assignment of 2,000 words formatively assessed and a dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words. The pass mark for all assessments is 50 per cent.

Sponsorship information

West Midlands Post-Qualifying Consortium (social workers) (applications must be made before end June each year).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Keele Campus Keele ST5 5BG West Midlands

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