PgDip Digital Literacies and Learning (PgCert)

Study mode

Part-time (2 years)

Distance learning

Start date(s)

September 2020

Tuition fees 20/21
Home (per credit): £40.28
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About this course

Develop your understanding of Digital Literacy issues on LJMU's distance learning programme and fit your studies around existing commitments.

  • Gain in-depth understanding of UK and international digital literacy issues, practices and policies
  • Develop the skills, principles and practices to use digital tools effectively, safely and ethically
  • Design and lead digital literacy initiatives in schools, universities and other sectors
  • Explore the digital transformation of users, data and practices
  • Benefit from the flexibility of digital learning
  • Modules available as stand-alone, Level 7, 20 credit CPD courses (October, February and June intakes for CPD)

This course offers an opportunity to develop digital literacies beyond the capabilities that are fundamentally underpinned by the technical mastery of digital technologies. More importantly, it considers the digital transformation of users, data and practices.

Digital technologies are playing an increasingly important role in configuring concepts of self, social relationships, communities, embodiment, human-non-human relations, space and place and what counts as social itself. This 


course will contribute to your professional development by engaging you in the examination of the digital aspects of literacies and learning as they relate to new developments and social change in the family, workplace, education system and economy.

This programme will also enhance your understanding of the informatics-based techniques and computational thinking that are essential to digital literacy and learning. The literacy it offers goes beyond a fluency with digital tools, devices and the Internet. It is characterised by concepts, methods, philosophy of technology and information that emphasise the increasing need to use and access data and information effectively, safely and ethically.

Target awards of Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert - 60 credits) and Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip - 120 credits) are available, alongside standalone 20 credit CPD modules.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Typical careers for graduates may include: Academic or Content Developers, Digital Learning Services Manager, Learning Technologists, Student Learning Managers, Lecturers and IT Skills Trainer.

Some graduates will continue to doctoral research and there are various postgraduate scholarship schemes providing funding for eligible students.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Digital Scholarship
20 credits

This module aims to develop personal digital scholarship practice through reflective use of digital environments, practices and learning theories. It:

  • enables you to develop your own digital scholarship skills
  • helps you to reflect learning in online environments
  • helps you to familiarise yourself with online learning environments and develop essential information literacy skills for postgraduate study

Digital Literacies - Dominant Theories and Practices
20 credits

This module encourages you to engage with key debates and issues surrounding Digital Literacies and how professional and academic practices are informed and transformed by digital data, information, tools and systems. It will enable you to develop a practical understanding of the role and place of Digital Literacies in education, health and communities.

Digital and Textual Practices in Learning
20 credits

The module will explore how the use of digital technologies informs and transforms what we learn and how we learn, including how we interact with text and how we organise our personal and professional lives. You will be encouraged to be aware of your own digital and textual practices. This is an online course. It aims to:

  • develop an understanding of textual digital practices through reflection on the application of digital techniques to conduct and share research

Research Methods
20 credits

This module encourages you to identify and critically evaluate appropriate research methods and methodologies for your own research.

Open Movement: Data, Resources and Courses
20 credits

This module lets you be engaged with the open movement and the role of digital technologies and systems in delivering its vision and the literacies it requires from users or learners. They will examine the impact and implications it has on learning and what it means to be ‘literate’ and educated.The module aims to

  • develop critical knowledge and understanding of the open movement in education in relation to issues such as copyright, privacy and licensing and how this impacts on the development of new learning environments, communities, practices and economies
  • promote a critical view of the kind of digital literacies that are prioritised or emphasised through the production and dissemination of open educational resources

Digital Methods and Approaches
20 credits

This module builds on the foundation principles of the research methods module to focus more specifically on digital practices in research. It aims to:

  • use ICT to explore electronic data sources
  • analyse digital and digitised data and present data and findings effectively
  • evaluate the strengths and limitations of different digital methods and approaches


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

This is a purely online course for part-time students. It intends to offer flexible provision to accommodate full-time workers and home-makers or carers. 

Teaching methods

As a part-time student you will study two taught topics per year in years one and two and the dissertation in year two.

Applied learning

Flexible provision is at the core of this distance learning programme. Study at your own rate and fit your learning around your other commitments, without travel and accommodation costs.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Modules are assessed entirely by coursework. Typically, coursework assignments are up to 5,000 words.

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Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Judith Enriquez

Judith Enriquez

Programme Leader

Judith has worked as a teaching assistant, tutor, lecturer, learning technologist, curriculum designer, examiner, computer programmer and system analyst. Her career has afforded her a globalised experience and she has taught in the Philippines, Malaysia, the UK and the USA. During her 20 years in academia she has engaged with the inter-disciplinary relations of various intellectual traditions from computer science to educational psychology, from philosophy to science and technology studies, from instructional design to literacy and media studies. She has examined the emerging area of digital humanities, puzzling over MOOCs and what big data means to research ethics, practices, tools and methodologies.

I teach my students not what they should learn but how to learn for the future they want to be part of.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based at the IM Marsh Campus in the leafy suburb of Aigburth, the School of Education benefits from independent study spaces with IT facilities, a cafeteria and shop, a fitness room and access to student welfare and support. In addition to these facilities, you will find high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres and the Avril Robarts Library which is open 24/7 during semesters.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 degree (or its equivalent) in the social sciences, education or an education-related discipline

Additional information:

  • RPL is not accepted on this programme
  • IELTS score 6.5 (Minimum 6.0 in each component)
  • Pearson 58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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