Taught course

Early Literacy

University of Wales Trinity Saint David · Faculty of Education and Communities

Entry requirements

The course is designed for professionals already working or volunteering within the education or childcare sector. Entry can be via an initial degree by an approved degree awarding body; a non-graduate qualification which is deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of post-graduate study. Non-graduates may also be admitted to the degree provided that they have gained a minimum of three years professional experience relevant to the course and they can demonstrate a satisfactory level of writing / analytical skills. Applicants will be interviewed to discuss particular entry requirements. All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This MA programme is designed for individuals that are involved in supporting young children’s’ literacy. It provides ideal training and staff development opportunities to improve delivery of the Literacy Framework, up-skill practitioners and raise children’s literacy standards.

The course also reflects the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child with a strong emphasis on children’s wellbeing, equity, inclusion, respect, the right to make decisions and the right to have access to play. These principles also have close links to the aims of the Foundations Phase Framework.

The programme provides a detailed overview of early literacy and students will be encouraged to take a critical approach to research and theories within this field. The role of adults and the environment in early literacy will be debated and explored, and students are encouraged to share and reflect on their own experience and practice.

The course is designed to allow students to gain the confidence to explore alternative theories and methodologies to support their own work with children. Students on the course are also encouraged to focus on young children as powerful and competent learners and to recognise that lifelong literacy is significantly influenced by literacy experiences during very early childhood.

The programme is delivered flexibly so that students can integrate work commitments and study. The course combines face-to-face delivery at the University with independent study by the student from home. Lectures/workshops are delivered as twilight or evening sessions or at the weekend. The course also uses blended learning where you will be encouraged to use online resources to complement and extend classroom learning.


  • Research in a Changing World
  • Alternative Literacies
  • Early Literacy History, Research and Policy
  • Literate Environments
  • Dissertation

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-48 months


part time
18-24 months

Course contact details

Gwyneth Davies