University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

Professional Studies in Children's Play

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.

Entry requirements

Applicants require at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants need to be CRB/DBS checked (or equivalent). Applicants 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.

Course modules

Typical modules: perspectives on play; play and space; perspectives on playwork practice; applied and contemporary practice; postgraduate enquiry; independent project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 9 months
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 18 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Oxstalls Campus Gloucester GL2 9HW South West

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