Certificate in Education (Post-16 Education and Training) (English: Literacy and ESOL) (Part Time)

Certificate in Education (Post-16 Education and Training) (English: Literacy and ESOL) (Part Time)

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This course is validated by The Open University.


The Level 5 Certificate in Education (English: Literacy and ESOL) (Part Time) is designed for teachers of literacy and language in the post-16 sector. A degree is not required for entry to this programme.

You will achieve a sound conceptual and practical understanding of how to influence the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in literacy and language provision across multiple contexts in the post-16 sector.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the key theoretical frameworks that underpin the acquisition of literacy and language. You will also investigate and enact a range of approaches to support the acquisition of literacy and language.

There are opportunities to investigate international perspectives relating to literacy and language learning and pedagogical models. You will critically examine key theoretical frameworks relating to English language and linguistics and explore how an understanding of key theoretical frameworks relating to English language and linguistics can usefully inform the development of literacy with English language learners.

Through innovative teaching and learning strategies such as collaborative teaching and in-the-moment coaching, this in-service, part-time course aims to model practices that trainees can enact in classrooms across different curricula and changing contexts in the sector.



Duration 2 Years Part Time
Study mode Part Time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72646-10
Fee £3,625 per academic year

What you learn

In the first year of the programme you will undertake the following three generic


  • The Psychology of Teaching Learning and Assessment
  • Personal Development Behaviour and Welfare in Education and Training
  • Demonstrating Professional Knowledge and Competence

In the second year of the programme you will undertake three specialist modules, which may include:

  • Teaching Literacy and ESOL in the Education and Training Sector: Curriculum and Cultural Context. This module gives you a grounding in the political decision-making that has shaped the current provision of English language, literacy and ESOL in the FE sector. It interrogates the impact of policy decisions and changes on the empowerment or disenfranchisement of marginalised learners in terms of their educational, social, economic and cultural capital. The module also critically explores the practice of literacy and second language programmes for native and non-native speakers living in countries outside the UK.
  • English Language and Linguistics: Theoretical Frameworks. This module serves to give students an in-depth knowledge of English language and linguistics. It will focus on the fundamental attributes of English language and linguistics and interrogate the links to English language and literacy teaching. You will critically examine the way in which language change occurs in response to socio-cultural factors and advances in technology. It will situate theories of second language acquisition in the context of increased migration and multilingualism.
  • The Pedagogy and Practice of Literacy and ESOL Teaching and Learning. This practice-based module will enable you to provide inclusive English, literacy and ESOL teaching and learning in a range of contexts across the Education and Training sector.








Benefits / Skills you will develop

You will develop the ability to:

  • Utilise a range of skills relevant to the teaching of English literacy and ESOL in the Education and Training sector.
  • Apply subject-specific pedagogy to own context and use specialist approaches and tools in the assessment of literacy and language learners
  • Draw on linguistic knowledge and competence to develop resources and curricula.
  • Enact solutions to complex practice problems in a range of classroom situations.
  • Engage in ongoing self-evaluation and reflection as English literacy and ESOL practitioners.


How you will be assessed

A range of assessment strategies will be used. These may include the following:

  • Teaching Practitioner File
  • Teaching observation
  • Reflective writing
  • E-presentation 
  • Evaluative Report
  • Academic poster
  • Research study

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area.

Entry requirements

All potential applicants are required to attend and successfully pass an interview and will need to fulfil the following entry criteria to be offered a place on the programme:

  • Five GCSE subjects, including three at GCSE level Grade C or above (which must include English and Mathematics) and a minimum of two A level (minimum grade D) or equivalent qualifications. These can be in any subject.
  • A minimum Level 3 subject-specialist qualification in English.
  • Successful completion of Entry Assessment of English skills at level 3 (or Accreditation of Prior Learning).
  • A minimum of 100 hours current group teaching in Literacy/English at Entry Level and Level 1 and/or Level 2 over 2 years.
  • All places are subject to a satisfactory enhanced check for regulated activity with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

How to apply

If you wish to apply for one of our part-time teacher education courses for a September 2019 start please apply here

What's next

The Certificate in Education (Post-16 Education and Training) (English: Literacy and ESOL) (Part Time) course provides routes to Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS) status. Candidates who successfully complete the programme may wish to progress onto degree level study.

Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite

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