Taught course

Policy and Practice in Basic Skills and Education

University of Bolton · Faculty of Arts and Media Technologies

Entry requirements

Normally, you will have at least an upper second class (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

At the University of Bolton we have a ‘Teaching Intensive, Research Informed’ ethos. This means we aspire to offer postgraduate student-focused learning opportunities that inform best practice in education, underpinned by the research knowledge of our high quality staff.

This exciting and contemporary Master’s course gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and critical thinking skills in relation to the principles and practice of learning and teaching in literacy/ESOL or numeracy/mathematics. We’ll guide you to explore a range of theoretical perspectives that relate to this area of education and look at the implications for best practice.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore and critically compare a wide variety of models of language or mathematics learning including socio-cultural, constructivist and psychological theories. The course also examines the potential barriers to learning faced by some adult learners.

Our supportive team of experienced, professionally and academically qualified offer a combination of face-to-face and online tuition. We’ll encourage you to critically reflect on and evaluate your own professional practice, and develop creative solutions for improvement.

Information for international students

If English isn't your first language you'll also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months
part time
30 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1204 903903