Taught course

Policy and Practice in Basic Skills (Literacy)

University of Bolton · Faculty of Arts and Media Technologies

Entry requirements

You should have at least an upper second class (2.1) honours degree and a PGCE (or equivalent). If English is not your first language you will need a recognised English language qualification at the appropriate level for this course, i.e. IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.


Months of entry

January, September

Course content

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

The course will support your professional development and enhance your career prospects by extending your existing knowledge in the field. It includes the study of issues that impact on adult literacy provision, an examination of literacy practices, a study of the history of adult literacy provision, and considers literacy in under-represented groups within the post-compulsory sector.

You will have the opportunity to carry out research into an area of literacy provision that is relevant to your practice and examine how theoretical principles inform and enhance this practice. All aspects of your research and study will be underpinned by ethical principles.

This exciting and demanding masters course will develop your knowledge and critical thinking skills regarding current educational approaches to literacy education.

You will also increase your knowledge of the historical development of literacy teaching and the impact of policies on standards and achievement. The course will give you the opportunity to debate and analyse theories and their potential impact on practice.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 - 60 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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