When is the next MA open day?

Our next Open Evening is on 12th March at CREC in Birmingham
To be notified of any future open days, please sign-up to our newsletter. We also encourage you to pre-register on the pathway(s) of your interest here.

Do you hold weekend open days?

We are located within a Children's Centre in central Birmingham and we are currently unable to offer weekend open events.

I cannot attend the next open day, what should I do?

We are very happy to connect you directly with module tutors or answer course enquiries over the telephone. Just let us know which pathway(s) you are interested in and someone will get in touch.

Are your courses only part-time?

Our MA Education (Early Years) is built around practice and we rely upon our students being able to reflect upon their studies whilst in practice and vice versa. We only offer part-time options as the pathways are aimed at those working in the sector.

What if I only want to do one of the MA pathways for CPD?

No problem, the pathways are designed as stand-alone courses and we have the option to exit you from studies after each pathway.
--> Pathway 1 = 1st year = Post Graduate Certificate
--> Pathway 2 = 2nd year = Post Graduate Diploma
--> Dissertation = 3rd Year = MA in Education

How much do your pathways cost?

Our 2020-21 course fee is £1825 for all pathways apart from Dissertation which is £1875. 

Can I apply for student finance?

We are not currently able to support student finance applications for the part-time MA however we are exploring this option and hope to be able to support students in accessing student finance in the near future. While student finance is a loan that can help you defer payments until you reach a certain salary band, it also means paying your student loan with interest. At CREC, we can currently offer interest-free, 12-month flexible payment plans that can be tailored to individual circumstances. £100 deposit is required upon enrolment for the booking to be confirmed.

Who will certify the programme?

Our MA Education (Early Years) is currently validated by Birmingham City University. All MA pathways follow BCU academic regulations and you are invited to graduate officially from BCU at the end of the programme.

Do you offer distance learning?

Our modules are based on the development of a community of practice (Wenger, 2002) and we value the social aspects of learning. All pathways include 5-7 face-to-face days in Birmingham, England. We strongly advise students to ensure they can attend taught days.

Do you take international students?

We are currently unable to accept international students as we do not hold the relevant Tier 4 Home Office Licence.

Why should I choose a CREC MA?

The CREC MA has been designed by Prof. Chris Pascal and Prof. Tony Bertram and includes taught modules by experts such as Helen Moylett, Pete Sturgess, Jessica Pitt or Peppy Hills and Debi Keyte-Hartland
Graduates of our programme go on to become confident practitioners, charismatic trainers and consultants, passionate researchers and early childhood experts in their own right. Attend our next open day to find out more!
"It is no exaggeration to say this course changed my working life. Yes, it's tricky fitting study round busy family life but the tutors at CREC are so knowledgeable and supportive, and the people you meet on the course become such great friends and allies that you're all in it together. I have learnt so much, met so many like-minded people and actually got more work from the opportunities that have arisen, having done this course.  A fantastic place to study, I whole-heartedly recommend it."
Sally-Anne Brown, CREC MA, 2015-18
"I found the CREC modules to be challenging, stimulating and thought-provoking. The environment was always supportive and enabling. I loved being part of CREC and love that I still feel part of the network.
My Masters led to article commissions in EY sector magazines, and teaching in HE institutions. It allowed me to continue furthering my career during maternity leave, and to feel real, significant achievement at a time when I was predominantly looking after my babies. It was a challenge, but that’s what made it worthwhile. I did it anyway, and I did it well, and I’m incredibly proud of that."

Sally Teare, CREC MA, 2012-14

"I did my MA in Education at CREC, including the Mentoring and Coaching Module and the Dissertation, through which I designed a meditation programme for young children. I loved being at CREC; the smaller setting and the care and dedication of the staff. I have since developed both an audio programme of meditation for children and families and a series of lesson plans for teachers. Having attracted outside investment, this is beginning to reach a wider audience through schools and individuals."
Chris Ludlow, CREC MA

What else can CREC offer?

CREC specialises in early childhood research which has relevant and meaningful outcomes for practice and policy. Some of its research is transformed into training and development programmes designed for the specific needs of the early years sector. CREC also offers undergraduate and postgraduate research degrees, teacher training, CPD days and more. We have a strong reputation for undertaking reviews, reports, evaluations and consultancy work with many UK local authorities, NGOs and countries.

Accredited Courses and CPD include:

MA in Education (Early Years) School Centred Initial Teacher Training One Day CPD courses Certificate for Music Educators Funded Leadership Course EEL & BEEL AcE

You have not answered my question, what do I do?

Please get in touch! We're open Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm. 


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