Course Overview

These are valuable in-service courses for existing Skills for Life teachers in ESOL, Literacy and Numeracy and you must be teaching one of these subjects for a minimum of 50 hours in order to gain a place on the course. 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 eg 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 also available as part of the Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate in Education Education and Training Pre-service or In-service awards.

Course Structure

Attendance will be a mix of Saturdays and evenings and the courses start in March/April. 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 access one of our Level 3 bridging courses starting in January.

Modules Covered

ESOL: ESOL Learning and Teaching, and ESOL Theories and Frameworks
Literacy: Literacy Learning and Teaching, and Literacy Theories and Frameworks
Numeracy: Numeracy Learning and Teaching, Developing Numeracy knowledge and Understanding.

Learning Methods

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.

Teaching Methods

Sessions are a mix of teacher input, active learning, group work and discussion. The College VLE will also enable you to access resources remotely.


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

Work Placement/Fieldwork

You must have 75 hours of paid teaching in ESOL, Literacy or Numeracy.

What's Next?

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.

Entry Requirements

This course can be studied at Level 5 or Level 7.

At Level 5 you must have a Level 3 qualification in the subject

At Level 7 you must have an Honours degree at 2:2 or above

plus for both Level 5 and Level 7:

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

Current employment in teaching numeracy/mathematics at Level 2 or below

The ability to demonstrate 50 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.

If you do not have a suitable Level 3 qualification, there are supplementary short courses available to allow you to develop your skills to the required standard before starting the Diploma.

You are invited to call 01274 433426 for an initial chat before applying.

 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.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees