Taught course

Policy and Practice in Basic Skills Education (Numeracy)

University of Bolton · Faculty of Arts and Media Technologies

Entry requirements

Applicants will have: A Certificate in Education, or a PGCE, or an equivalent teaching qualification and recent teaching/training experience and one of the following qualifications: An Honours Degree OR a Postgraduate Diploma OR a Professional Qualification recognised by the University of Bolton as equivalent to an Honours Degree.


Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MA Policy and Practice in Basic Skills Education (Numeracy) is for teachers, trainers, team leaders and heads of department/section who work in the field of basic skills education.

This flexible course will support your professional development and enhance your career prospects by adding to your existing knowledge in the field. It includes the study of government policies and initiatives on adult numeracy, key theoretical issues that have an impact on adult numeracy provision, the history of adult numeracy provision and approaches to numeracy.

In studying this course you will develop an awareness of research and build your skills in using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to carry out basic procedures essential to a masters degree programme.

You will investigate recent developments in the provision of basic skills / skills for life and its impact on the work of educational institutions. You will examine the learning and achievement of basic skills learners, taking into account that there are many factors which affect learning and achievement.

You will also increase your knowledge of the historical development of numeracy provision and the impact of policy decisions on standards and achievement. The course will give you the opportunity to debate and analyse cultural origins in order to establish what impact these have on achievement and enjoyment of numeracy and mathematics.

Information for international students

Applicants from overseas whose first language is not English will be required to have a current IELTS score of 6.5 from an accredited centre. Please visit our website for more information.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24-60 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

University of Bolton Enquiries
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