Taught course

Language and Literacy in Education

University of Exeter · College of Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject or a 2:2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject with relevant work experience.

We welcome applications from students who hold qualifications and degrees that are not in education. These may include degrees and qualifications undertaken in the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, arts or business studies. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and every application will be considered on a case by case basis. We would encourage applicants to use their personal statement to indicate their interests in education and any relevant work experience.

Some modules require disclosure and barring service checks.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Language and Literacy Education is designed to develop your understanding of the theoretical foundations of teaching reading and writing, and the pedagogical implications of this. It focuses principally on language and literacy education in the compulsory school phases, but would nonetheless have relevance to post-compulsory educators, and to educators engaged in language and literacy education in non-school settings.

The core modules of the programme address reading and writing, and engage you in critical enquiry in your school, or other settings, with an emphasis on improving the outcomes of learners in reading and writing. At the same time, however, a distinctive feature of the programme is that each of the core modules also focuses on your own personal development, looking at children’s literature and reading for pleasure, and engaging you in undertaking your own creative writing.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Graduate School of Education
+44 (0)1392 723192