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Lifelong Learning Sector (ESOL), PCE Undergraduate prospectus

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Good' in its recent report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • 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 teaching strategies.



Our country thrives on its multicultural community. Qualify to teach essential English language skills to students from around the world.

If you want to teach English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in further education colleges our full time Professional Certificate in Education (PCE) will give you the skills you need for 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 found that " NQTs are able to explain how educational theories influence their work and use these well to reflect on their lessons and understand their learners' behaviour."

Whether you want a career teaching in colleges, adult education centres or community organisations our PCE programme will lead to the essential qualifications required. 

We also encompass training for public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations.

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.

Programme 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.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

  • Minimum of Level 3 in your chosen subject area
  • Plus GCSE grade C or above (or Level 2 equivalent) in English.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

  • You should have a Level 3 qualification or equivalent in English Language.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education.
  • If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition

Candidates will be required to:

  • Undertake selection tests and an interview 
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and occupational health screening.

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.

Professional recognition

After the successful completion, this qualification can lead to QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) from the Education and Training Foundation through the assessment of a portfolio of evidence.


Graduates may pursue teaching careers in the lifelong learning sector, including college, community and
professional environments.

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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