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This Understanding children's development and learning module from The Open University UK is for people working with children and young people and looks at children's development and learning in cultural, educational and social contexts. 


This Understanding children's development and learning module from The Open University UK explains how theoretical and methodological frameworks contribute to understanding developmental change and how psychological research can inform educational and clinical practice. You will learn about how children actively contribute and shape their own development through meaningful interaction with others and how the study of atypical development and individual difference contributes to theory and practice. You will also carry out a small-scale, observational study and will design an extended research proposal relevant to your own professional interests.

Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.

This module is for those are interested in finding out how developmental psychologists and educational researchers set out to answer such questions. It will appeal to parents, teachers and other professionals wanting to find out about what psychological research can tell us about children’s development and learning. It will also be of interest to people who want to deepen their understanding of children’s learning difficulties, and those interested in the impact of new computer and web-based technologies on education. You will be able to choose to study the module materials that interest you the most, whilst also meeting the assessment requirements.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • You will consider how babies and young children actively shape their own experiences through meaningful interaction with other people in family and preschool environments.
  • You will consider how different cultural practices relating to parenting and children’s socialisation challenge traditional theories of child development.
  • You will learn about children’s thinking and about how this changes and develops.
  • You will study the observational research methods psychologists use to study children’s development and learning and apply your understanding to design and carry out your own small-scale study that will investigate learning processes.
  • You will learn how psychological accounts of developmental disorders of language and learning inform our understanding of children and young people who do not follow typical developmental pathways.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • You must hold a bachelors degree from a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body, or a qualification at equivalent level.
  • The module is taught in English, and your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study, as you will need to read and understand original journal articles written in English. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you seek assessment under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

Work Experience

You are expected to have some experience in education or an allied field, but you need not be a practising teacher. You do not need access to an educational institution, but you will need child or adult participants for the small-scale study. We have designed the module to be accessible to all students working at masters level. 

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3160 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3160 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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