Taught course

Literature for Children and Young Adults

Plymouth Marjon University · Department of English Language Teaching

Entry requirements

Applicants will need: A first degree or its equivalent from a recognised Higher Education Institute in the UK or abroad. International students must have an IELTS score of 6.

Months of entry


Course content

Through a blend of learning you will be explore how children’s literature has developed over the last century to offer a diverse range of genres and experiences for children. You will develop your own skills of enquiry and critical appraisal. You will examine relationships between readers, writers, illustrators, text and content. There are opportunities to develop your own pathways of study and to work on the creative writing of children’s literature.

This is a research-driven and practice informed course, designed to help enhance students' professional practice in a variety of scenarios to support children in reading for pleasure. You will develop skills of critical reflection and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the wonderful texts available for today’s young readers. You will be introduced to many new texts and will also rediscover some old favourites. Studies of genres will offer choices to specialise in chosen areas as well as exploring new and possibly unfamiliar fields.

Teaching will be through a variety of formats from seminars, lectures, workshops, tutorials to online discussions and independent tasks. Planned research talks from visiting academics and authors will form highlights of the course and lively conference opportunities will enable you to engage with many people in the same areas of study.

Fees and funding

Visit www.marjon.ac.uk for current details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Anne Bradley
01752 636700 Ext 5647