Taught course

Early Literacy

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

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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.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a new postgraduate qualification designed for those supporting young children’s literacy. It provides ideal training and staff development to improve delivery of the Literacy Framework, up skill practitioners and raise children’s literacy standards. The awards of Postgraduate Diploma and MA are both available.

The degree is delivered 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 / evening sessions or on the weekend. The course also uses blended learning where students use online resources provided by the tutors to complement and extend classroom learning.

Themes explored during the degree ensure that the content is multidisciplinary and cross-curricular and include:

  • emergent literacy ;
  • the role of the environment and adults to enhance literacy;
  • technology and early literacy;
  • literacy and inclusion.

The modules studied provide opportunities to develop high level research skills as well as to reflect on, analyse and evaluate current practice and theory within the field of early literacy.

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    18-24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Gwyneth Davies
+44 (0) 1267 676916