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Overview

The MA in Family support offers a flexible programme of study in a range of settings to support the acquisition of a postgraduate qualification to cater for the professional and academic development needs of family support practitioners and children’s services professionals.


Course structure

Course Benefits

  • The MA in Family Support meets the need for professionals to develop the necessary academic and practice skills and competence to offer effective family support in a range of settings and to lead and manage family support services, which span social care, health and education. 
  • Students undertaking this programme of study further enhance their ability to critically reflect, to learn from evidence informed practice and to contribute to the development of practice knowledge.​

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Course Information

Real world teaching and learning strategies will be developed, in consultation with stakeholders including families, local employers, providing specialist services in family support and early help. 

Research active educators are in a position to ensure that our students will develop effective practice, underpinned by the​oretical knowledge and current research. As a team of experienced practitioner educators, working in a smaller institution, we are able to offer tailored support to meet the needs of busy working professionals, already experienced in the area of child and family support. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa.


Real world teaching and learning strategies will be developed, in consultation with stakeholders including families, local employers, providing specialist services in family support and early help. Research active educators are in a position to ensure that our students will develop effective practice, underpinned by theoretical knowledge and current research.
 
As a team of experienced practitioner educators, working in a smaller institution, we are able to offer tailored support to meet the needs of busy working professionals, already experienced in the area of child and family support.

The research methods element of the MA will give the necessary grounding for future research studies and the development of innovative practice. Students are encouraged to actively engage in ongoing research projects with course tutors, with a view to identifying potential M.Phil. and PhD. level research studies, on completion of the MA.

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Assessment
Assessments are on a continuous basis and involve a combination of essays, portfolios, presentations and assignments. Students wishing to complete the MA course will be required to submit a 12,000 word dissertation which will be based on a critical reflection of their professional practice.
A good (2:2 or above) BA or BSc degree in a relevant area

  • People with degrees in non-related subjects will also be considered, if they can demonstrate relevant paid or voluntary work experience and a commitment to study.  Additionally candidates without a BA/BSc may be considered where they can demonstrate evidence of equivalent prior learning and experience through Leeds Trinity assessment of APL.
  • be a practitioner with normally six-months’ experience of ongoing engagement in work with children, young people and families.
  • or have equivalent relevant paid or voluntary employment/work experience involving direct support of children, young people and families
  • be able to work with groups of children and access support from experienced professional colleagues
  • support and agreement of employer through: confirmation of support for study, verification of experience and allocation of a mentor (pastoral support).
If English is not your first language IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or equivalent is the minimum requirement.

Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.​​

UK & EU Students:

​Tuition fees cost £4,500 a year for this course in 2017-18. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studyingFind out more
International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 for this course in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Find out more
​​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015​
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

​​I'm Susan Elmer and I'm the Programme Leader for the MA Family Support and Head of Undergraduate programmes at the Institute of Childhood and Education. 


I'm also a social work practice educator, social worker, play therapist and  counsellor, and the Director of the British Association of Play Therapists

My experience is in student supervision, practice educator training, practice research, with an interest in the professional development of children’s services, leadership and integrated practice and domestic abuse early intervention practice.

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​​Our family support practice is strongly supported in the UK by the Government and by UNESCO.  
Following the Troubled Families Initiative, the practice has seen an effective intervention and a developing area of children and families practice. ​

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I was already in the workplace before studying. The course has helped me to become a reflective practitioner and understand more managerial matters.

Mandi Reeve

MA Family Support

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Graduates of the MA in Family Support will have the opportunity to enhance career progression in a range of children's services areas at both practitioner and manager level, either directly in or associated with family support practice, including: Leadership of family support services; strategic and policy development and MRes and PhD research work in family support.​
 

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