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Lifelong Learning Sector (ESOL), PGCE Postgraduate prospectus

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Good' in its recent report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • If you want to teach English as a second language in colleges, our students have a 97% employment rate within six months of graduation.
  • We arrange a minimum of 100 hours of teaching experience in a placement college.
  • You will be supported and assessed by a work mentor as well as a tutor at the university as you plan, deliver and assess ESOL teaching strategies.



Our country thrives on its international community. Here you will learn how to teach essential English language skills to students from around the world.

If you want teach English to Speakers of an Other Language (ESOL) in further education colleges, our PGCE will provide you with the skills you need, including teaching and classroom management.

The quality of teacher training in Further Education was rated as "Good" in Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. The report noted that "NQTs successfully capture the learners' interests in their subject as a result of their good subject knowledge, coupled with the innovative and wide range of activities they use in lessons."

Training with us will lead to the essential qualifications required to achieve your goals. Our PGCE Lifelong Learning Sector focuses on a career teaching in colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, health care or community organisations. 

Our programme also encompasses training for public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations.

Teaching and learning

Our programme will teach you how language is acquired and learned. You will review and analyse a variety of innovative approaches and resources for the teaching of ESOL. This will include the four key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. This is taught in a range of contexts and embedded models.

During your time with us you will plan, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning strategies. Most importantly you will learn how to generate enthusiasm for language learning, as well as how to challenge and empower your learners.

Degree structure

Our core programme will see you based in a placement college where you will participate in a range of professional activities.

In Phase 1, you will be there for three days a week to observe and undertake teaching in your subject area. For the remaining two days, you will be based at the university campus. You will complete between 25 and 50 hours of teaching during this time.

In Phase 2, you will attend your placement college for four days a week, and the university for the last day. In total you will complete a minimum of 125 hours of teaching experience.

By the end of your teacher training with us, you will have gained an awareness of a range of key theoretical and practical issues for the teaching of ESOL in the lifelong learning sector.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

For the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) applicants should have:

  • 2.1 degree classification
  • If your degree is not in numeracy you should have a level 3 numeracy qualification
  • GCSE English at C or above or equivalent.

For the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE) applicants should have:

  • 2.2 degree classification
  • If your degree is not in numeracy you should have a level 3 numeracy qualification
  • AND GCSE English at C or above or equivalent.

In addition candidates must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Pass a screening assessment
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

What people say

My placement experience was excellent. The tutors were so supportive and caring. They helped us to achieve our aims. I believe it was due to their support I was able to achieve grade 1 from the professional standards OFSTED framework. I'm certain this will help with my interview preparation.

Shabnam Bibi, PGCE Lifelong Learning Teacher Education

The facilities at Avery Hill campus are great! The library is excellent, it's well equipped!

Bridgette Neita-Bailey, PGCE Lifelong Learning Teacher Education

Extra information


The programme is entirely coursework based. You will be assessed on the quality of written assignments and also your classroom teaching. Your teaching will be observed on eight occasions and you will need to pass all courses.


This qualification is mapped to the national teaching standards for the sector and provides full professional recognition as a teacher/trainer.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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Situated either side of Avery Hill Park in Eltham, this campus combines the grace of a Victorian mansion with modern living and teaching facilities.

New Eltham and Falconwood (approx. 15 min walk)

TFL buses frequently run nearby.

Ample 'pay and display' parking on campus.

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