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Children & Young People’s Literacy, Language & Literature (MEd/ PgDip/ PgCert)

Course Description

Why this course?

This course will deepen your understanding of the complex research and practice of literacy, language and children’s literature.

You’ll explore how to give children and young people the best start in life by promoting literacy, language and literature and learn to apply different theoretical lenses, to understand practical problems.

You’ll graduate with deep knowledge of the language, literacy and literature research into what matters and for whom. You’ll also develop a diagnostic approach to which designs and interventions work, in which circumstances and why.

Study mode and duration:
- PgCert (full or part-time) – 3 modules
- PgDip (full or part-time) – 6 modules
- M.Ed (full or part-time) – PgDip + Dissertation 1 & 2

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/childrenyoungpeoplesliteracylanguageliterature/

Who is the course suitable for?

The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in children and young people’s literacy, language and literature, including:
- school teachers
- managers in the primary and secondary sector
- education policy makers
- speech and language therapists
- educational psychologists
- community education workers
- residential social workers
- parents

You'll study

You'll address questions such as:
- Why is the process of becoming literate so complex and how does it relate to spoken language development?
- Why and how are the pathways to literacy influenced so strongly by poverty and gender?
- How can literacy teaching be framed to empower learning in other subject disciplines, and what are the research implications?
- What makes a ‘good’ book for children and young people, and how do creative responses to literature underpin intellectual, emotional and social wellbeing?
- When children struggle with literacy, what can adults do to help?
- How can professionals make schooling and the curriculum more effective for students at every stage of their school career?


- Postgraduate Certificate & Diploma
This Certificate is made up of three modules – and you can choose which ones.
The Diploma is made up of six modules.

- Masters
The M.Ed requires the Diplomaband two further research modules - Dissertation 1 and Dissertation 2, which will be based on a topic of your choice.

Industry experience

Some modules involve working directly with young people or other professionals. For international students, we might be able to organise short, unpaid opportunities to observe in schools and work with students.
This is subject to visa status, qualifications and checks.

Learning & teaching

The course is taught through small group seminars and lectures. You’ll be given reading and other reflective activities to carry out in your own time, which will be drawn on in the seminars. You'll also be invited to participate in a range of student and staff-led research seminars.


The course is assessed through written coursework that draws on academic study and reflection on practical applications.

Visit the Children & Young People’s Literacy, Language & Literature (MEd/ PgDip/ PgCert) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Degree or relevant professional qualification; or a combination of qualifications and experience demonstrating capacity for postgraduate study; if English is not your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 6.5 with no area less than 6.0

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