University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD Lampeter and Carmarthen)

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD)

Early Literacy

This 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 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 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. We also offer this programme as a Postgraduate Diploma (students complete 120 taught credits)

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Assessment methods


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2017 - 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Carmarthen Campus Carmarthen SA31 3EP Wales

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