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Education - Children's Literature

PGCert

Key facts


Start dates

September 2020

Course length

Part time: 12 months

Department

School of Education

Overview


Our PGCert Education - Children's Literature course gives you an overview of the turbulent and unique journey that children's literature has taken since its earliest days to the present from a range of theoretical perspectives.

You will acquire the understanding of how texts are constructed using a range of narrative modes. And how this aspect of your subject knowledge can be used in the primary classroom to develop children’s abilities to read a range of texts for pleasure.

You will also explore a variety of texts currently available including:

  • classic texts
  • comics
  • novels in verse form
  • literature in translation
  • interactive texts.

Our teaching staff are experienced and active in researching and teaching in the area of children's literature.

You will have access to our Oxford Brookes specials collections, a new collection of rare and antiquarian children's books and, when onsite, specialist-trained drama sessions.

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How to apply


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Students should normally have a first degree.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU part time
£620 per single module

Home/EU distance learning
£620 per single module

International part time
£1,500 per single module

International distance learning
£1,500 per single module

Home/EU part time
£725 per single module

Home/EU distance learning
£725 per single module

International part time
£1,580 per single module

International distance learning
£1,580 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU part time
£620 per single module

Home/EU distance learning
£620 per single module

International part time
£1,500 per single module

International distance learning
£1,500 per single module

2020/21
Home/EU part time
£725 per single module

Home/EU distance learning
£725 per single module

International part time
£1,580 per single module

International distance learning
£1,580 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Learning and assessment


The PG Certificate in Children’s Literature consists of three modules (60 credits). You can take the course part time either on-campus or distance learning over one year.

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Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Reading for pleasure in the primary classroom (20 credits)

In order to consider the place of reading for pleasure within the current curriculum, this module will develop your knowledge of children’s literature in relation to breadth and depth, with a focus on diversity, translation and equality. The module will enhance your skills in the critical reading of texts and explore the roles and responsibilities of those gatekeepers to children's literature. Alongside text analysis, we will discuss the reader and writer in the text and explore how drama can offer children empathetic steps into worlds beyond their reach. 

Children's literature through the ages (20 credits)

The profile of children's books has undergone an unparalleled change compared to other fields of literature. From its early days of didactic and moralistic undertones pre-18th century, to the present day where stories are not just written for pleasure but actively encourage children to question the ideologies that surround them, this genre's journey has been fascinating and, arguably, the most diverse. This module will begin with studying some of the early classics and end with children's stories in today's multimedia world. Through a range of theoretical perspectives such as feminism, marxism and post-modernism, this module will explore a range of texts including: classics, novels in verse, literature in translation, apps, traditional tales and comics.

Independent Study: investigating practice (20 credits)

This module provides you with an opportunity to engage in independent study/practice investigation of an approved topic relevant to the programme and is  conducted under supervision with the prior approval of the Module Leader and Subject Coordinator. The independent study/practice investigation may be based on primary and/or secondary data.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Our teaching and learning methods are designed to promote constructive and critical reflection on practice and a range of theoretical and research issues. Methods include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops.

Modules are structured to ensure that you have the opportunities to draw on the knowledge and experience of other students and each other.

We have regular guest lecturers focussing on the four language modes (speaking, listening, reading and writing). We also make full use of ourOxford Brookes specials collections, a new collection of rare and antiquarian children's books and host a session in the Oxford Story Museum.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

You will improve your practice through the course assessment tasks.

Assessments are supported in a number of ways:

  • online question and answer discussions
  • presentations of work in progress with tutor and peer feedback
  • formative tasks with detailed feedback.

Each coursework based module is assessed separately, in the following ways:

  • individual essays
  • seminar presentations
  • reports
  • portfolios
  • investigative research
  • group work.

Research


The School of Education is a thriving centre for educational research and teacher professional development. Students on master's level programmes therefore join a large research community comprising researchers at all levels of higher education study.

We hold two major research conferences each year - the School of Education Research Conference and the EdD Colloquium. All students are invited to attend our annual Research

Seminar Series (which attracts both internal and external speakers). We also organise a number of conferences, lectures, seminars and debates, some of which have an international reach.

The School’s six research groups exist to encourage engagement in research, publication, conference presentations, seminars and workshops:

  • Inclusion and Wellbeing
  • Policy, Partnership and Leadership
  • STEAM pedagogy and learning
  • Humanistic Perspectives on Education
  • Early Years
  • Applied Linguistics

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After you graduate


Career prospects

Your learning on the course may lead to better prospects for career advancement.

Students frequently change role / direction as a result of developing new understandings and skills from their work on the course. 

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.