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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

The course provides students with the opportunity to explore contemporary theories of language development and engage with the role of the practitioner in supporting the development of language and literacy across the age ranges 0-3, 3-5 and 5-8, but with a particular focus on the age range of the setting in which they are employed. The course will further build on core aspects of early years education previously studied in units ED50P7 and ED50P8.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Catriona Macdonald

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Education (ED) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Students, working collaboratively in action learning sets, will engage with online resources and practical workshops around the areas of:

  • Practitioner specific knowledge and understanding of language pedagogy, environment and intervention

Theories of language acquisition including those based on up to date research in 

  • neuroscience
  • Communication as a multi-layered, complex and highly skilled cognitive process
  • The role of the practitioner, the role of the child and the role of culture in meaning making

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

First attempt: Participants will be required to submit a summative assessment of 6000 words built upon a series of tasks linked to the core themes of the course and utilising a range of reporting formats. Students will complete two formative tasks of 1000 words, submitted for formative feedback from peers and tutors, together with one 4000 word report, drawing on these tasks and a piece of small-scale professional enquiry within their own setting. Assessment will be criteria-based. 

Resit: There will be one opportunity to resubmit the work completed as revised to take account of identified inadequacies in the original submission.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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