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Lifelong Learning Sector (ESOL and Literacy), 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 literacy and english as a second language in colleges, our students have a 96% employment rate within six months of graduation.
  • We arrange a minimum of 125 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 teaching strategies.



We are a multicultural country that attracts students from around the world. 

Our PGCE Lifelong Learning Sector (LLS) will give you vital skills to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). This full time programme will lead to a qualification for teaching in further education colleges.

While training with us you will gain essential teaching skills and classroom management, the essential qualifications required to achieve your goals. Our PGCE LLS 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.

The quality of teacher training in Further Education was rated as "Good" in Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. The report identified "the good understanding trainees develop of cultural diversity and of individual learners' needs in the providers where they are placed or employed" as a key strength.

Teaching and learning

Our programme teaches you how language and literacy is acquired and learned. You will review and analyse a variety of innovative approaches and resources for the teaching of literacy and 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 relating to the teaching of literacy and ESOL in the lifelong learning sector.


  • 98% of students completing the programme in 2015/16 were judged as good or outstanding against the teaching standards (SED, 2014/15)
  • 96% of our students are employed within 6 months of graduating (SED, 2014/15)
  • 100% of our students said they were confident that our training would make them a better teacher. (Exit survey, 2014/15)

What you'll study

Entry requirements

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

  • A 2.1 or above in an honours degree in a relevant subject
  • Level 3 qualification in relevant subject if degree is not in a relevant subject
  • GCSE English at C or above or equivalent.

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

  • A 2.2 or above in an honours degree in a relevant subject
  • Level 3 qualification in relevant subject if degree is not in a relevant subject
  • GCSE English at C or above or equivalent.

In addition candidates must:

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

Applications should be made at

What people say

It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of this course. Run by an excellent group of staff who facilitate an equally excellent educational experience.

Darren Borg, Lifelong Learning, PGCE

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

Bridgette Neita-Bailey, Lifelong Learning Sector

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.


Graduates for this programme can pursue a teaching career in the lifelong learning sector.

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.

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