This popular programme offers an exciting opportunity to examine how children’s play develops and how children develop as they play. It considers the developmental, educational and therapeutic potential of play at an advanced academic level, combining demanding intellectual work with sophisticated reflection on practice. Students are taught by published academics and practitioners specialising in the field and the multidisciplinary team have strong links with similar university departments in Europe and around the world. Such is the quality of teaching and supervision on the programme, that student work has resulted in journal articles and conference presentations.
The course will:
•Introduce students to an extensive range of contemporary international literature and research in the field of play and learning
•Extend students’ understanding of the developmental and therapeutic role of play through engaging in detailed analysis of theoretical perspectives
•Provide students with a range of skills they might utilise in their play practice
•Provide students with the opportunity to develop key skills in reflection and evaluation necessary for professional practice and personal development.
Who should take this programme?
•Work in a clinical, hospital or social care setting with children, where understanding play would enrich your practice
•Are a teacher or learning assistant facilitating educational play whose practice and career prospects would benefit from specialist Master’s level training
•Are a social worker, counsellor or therapist who would like to develop essential play skills for working with younger clients
•Are a playworker or play development officer who would like to extend their expertise or seek promotion
Relevant to practitioners working within the Welsh Foundation Phase, English Foundation Stage or other International Early Years provision. Children’s workforce professionals: primary school counsellors, playworkers, social workers, child and adolescent mental health care professionals, paediatric nurses and health visitors, psychiatrists and psychologists. The programme also attracts new graduates from child related disciplines such as psychology, education or childhood studies. The programme is a particularly useful stepping stone if you would like to pursue a career in child counselling or play therapy, but do not yet meet the age or work experience requirements for clinical training.
Careers include specialist positions in education, international aid, counselling and pastoral care, social work, hospital/health care and playwork. Graduates have secured posts in domestic violence teams, the prison service, hospitals and schools. Some have also set up their own businesses or have gone on to pursue further training in play therapy, counselling, psychotherapy or clinical psychology.
International Student Requirements:
Overseas equivalent qualifications may be considered.