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Lifelong Learning Sector (Literacy), PGCE Postgraduate prospectus

  • Rated the quality of teacher training as 'Good' in recent Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • If you want to teach literacy and 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 teaching strategies.



In further education, literacy is an essential life skill to master, and it is your role to educate and inspire.

If you want to become a teacher of literacy in further education colleges our postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) in the Lifelong Learning Sector (LLS) will give you the skills you need. Your training will include teaching and classroom management, leading to the essential qualifications required to achieve your goals. 

The quality of teacher training in Further Education was rated as "Good" in Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. The report stated that "Trainees plan and teach lessons that are innovative and supported by the educational theories they have learned."

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.

Teaching and learning

Our programme will teach 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. 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.

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 100 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 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 six 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 in Education (PGCE) applicants should have:

  • 2.1 degree classification
  • Level 3 qualification in teaching specialism if not degree subject
  • PLUS GCSE English at C or above or equivalent.

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

  • 2.2 degree classification
  • Level 3 qualification in teaching specialism if not degree subject 
  • PLUS 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.

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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 know what is expected of me and my role as a teacher. I'm certain this will help me for my interview preparation.

Shabnam Bibi, PGCE Lifelong Learning Teacher Education

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

Darren Borg, 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.


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.

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

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