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Master of Arts

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Family Support

Master of Arts

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  • Course Type:  Full time (1 year)
    Part time (2 years)
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Course 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.

Why study with us

  • 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

About this course >

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.

Further Study

Structure >

Full time

Semester 1 September – December

Core: Candidates are required to take:

  • ICE 7003 Reflective evidence based child and family welfare practice 

Semester 1 and 2 September – June 

Core: Candidates are required to take: 

  • ICE 7013 Developing Practitioner Enquiry Semester 1 
  • ICE 7026 Dissertation Semester 2 February - June 
  • ICE 7033 Leading and Managing Family Support

And are required to choose one of the following; 

  • ICE 7043 Supporting Social Development and Emotional Wellbeing in Children, Young People and Families 
  • ICE 7053 International Perspectives on Child Welfare 
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Part time 

Year 1: Semester 1 September – December 

Core: Candidates are required to take: 
  • ICE 7003 Reflective evidence based child and family welfare practice 

Semester 2 February – June 

Core: Candidates are required to take: 
  • ICE 7033 Leading and Managing Family Support 

Year 2 Semester 1 and 2 September – December 

Core: Candidates are required to take: 

  • ICE 7013 Developing Practitioner Enquiry Semester 1 
  • ICE 7026 Dissertation and are required to choose one of the following; 
  • ICE 7043 Supporting Social Development and Emotional Wellbeing in Children, Young People and Families 
  • ICE 7053 International Perspectives on Child Welfare

Learning and Teaching >

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.

Entry Requirements >

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).
  • or be willing to complete a family support placement – this is individually negotiated to fit with any current work commitments you may have.
  • have a satisfactory DBS certificate to be accepted on to the programme. (You are likely to be working with vulnerable children and families).

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.​​

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:
​Tuition fees cost £4,500 a year for this course in 2019-20. 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 2018-19. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Find out more
Additional Costs
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

Career progression

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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