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Bradford College

Diplomas in Teaching ESOL and Literacy or Numeracy in the lifelong learning sector

Study Level
Adult, Level 5, Level 7
24 weeks Part-time
Start Date
September 2023
Lister Building


These courses are for qualified teachers who wish to train to teach English (ESOL and Literacy) or Mathematics (numeracy) and you must teach one of these subjects for a minimum of 50 hours (for the numeracy diploma) or 75 hours (for the English diploma). If you are teaching English, you will need to have some hours teaching both ESOL and Literacy; we can help you find some experience in your non-specialist area. You will examine the theory and practice of teaching your specialist area to help you gain a better understanding. You will also be observed by your course tutor and mentor.

You must have a full teaching qualification e.g. a Certificate in Education or PGCE, before starting the course. If you do not have one then you can gain this qualification alongside the full teaching qualification and these courses start in September. This qualification is available as part of the Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate in Education and Training Pre-service or In-service awards.

  Key Info

Attendance will be in the evening and the courses start in March. You may be able to start the course in September. You will need to pass an initial assessment of your personal skills in Literacy or Numeracy first. If you are concerned about the level of your skills or would like to gain some subject knowledge before starting, you can access one of our Level 3 bridging courses starting in January.

Teaching and learning methods include:

You will be taught in a group with other teachers of your subject enabling you to share ideas and support each other. You are also expected to commit time to independent study to deepen your knowledge. Sessions are a mix of teacher input, active learning, group work and discussion. The College VLE will also enable you to access resources remotely.

English (ESOL and Literacy):

  • ESOL
  • Literacy and the Learners
  • ESOL/Literacy Learning and Teaching
  • ESOL/Literacy Theories and Frameworks



  • Numeracy Learning and Teaching
  • Numeracy Theories and Frameworks

Entry to this course requires, for both Level 5 and Level 7:

A qualification in Mathematics or numeracy or English at a minimum of level 3 (Level 3 Numeracy or English bridging courses are acceptable)

Ideally, current employment in teaching numeracy/mathematics or English at Level 2 or below although some support with finding teaching hours could be provided for suitably qualified candidates

The ability to demonstrate 50 or 75 teaching hours during the duration of the course

A good standard of written and spoken English which will be assessed by interview, initial assessment and/or qualifications

Access to a suitable mentor during the course (some help can be provided to enable this).

Application should be made direct to the College.

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Assessment will be by written assignments, case studies, teaching observations and presentation work.

You must undertake 75 hours of paid teaching in ESOL and Literacy or 50 hours in teaching Maths (Numeracy).

If you have an Honours degree you can progress to a Masters in Education. If you have an undergraduate qualification it may be appropriate to progress onto the Foundation degree in Supporting and Managing Learning in Education.

Numeracy Diploma £1750. ESOL and Literacy Diploma £2625.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

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