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Post Graduate Certificate in Education (M) 14+ English (Literacy and ESOL) PGCE

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (M) 14+ English (Literacy and ESOL) PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Literacy / Basic Skills Teaching English For Speakers Of Other Languages (Esol)

Course type


Course Summary

Large numbers of people need help to improve their English language, literacy and employability skills. If you have a bachelor’s degree along with English skills at Level 3 and a passion for communication, this nationally-recognised Master’s level qualification opens the door to teaching and assessing learners aged 14 and over.

Course Details

Good verbal and written English skills are associated with access to better jobs and higher pay as well as better overall health, happiness and wellbeing. If you are seeking a career helping people aged 14 and over to gain these skills, whether they are native English speakers or learning English as a second language, this course is ideal. Offering 60 credits at Master’s level that can be transferred to a full Master’s award, it’s designed to show your ability to work independently at a high level in the field of education.

Course Highlights:

The course is designed to help you achieve your potential and enjoy teaching. By encouraging you to reflect on your performance and take charge of your own development, we aim to prepare you for a successful career in education.

We’ll organise your work placements and these may be in a variety of settings, helping you gain a rounded appreciation of the types of environment you can work in and experience teaching a diverse range of learners.

Key Features:

  • The University of Bolton is one of the largest providers of teacher training for further and higher education in the UK. Sitting at the heart of an extensive network of partners, we offer access to an impressive range of educational environments.
  • This is a pre-service ITE course - you don’t need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education.
  • This PGCE 14+ course meets the requirements of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET) which is the recognised full teaching qualification for the sector. It’s ideal if you wish to teach in adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, universities, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning.
  • After completing this ITE course, you can progress towards QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills) which is recommended for teaching in the further education and skills sector.

Career Opportunities

This course offers the necessary skills and practical experience required to prepare you for a teaching career, with the emphasis being on the further education and skills sector. In this sector, you’ll have the opportunity to work with further education learners who range in age from 14 years old to adult. These students come from different backgrounds and experiences and may enter further education from local schools, the community, industry or local businesses. There is no national curriculum in FE and therefore courses are often tailored to meet employer’s needs.

What Can I Do With This Qualification?

In addition to working in FE colleges, sixth form colleges and schools, there are significant opportunities to work in a range of related sectors.

The work-based learning sector ensures people are ready for work and have the latest skills. It includes working with apprentices, young people who are not yet ‘job ready’ and employed adults who need to update their skills. Job opportunities in this sector are often with training providers in the private sector, but can also be in the work-based learning units

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



Literacy and ESOL Theories and Frameworks
Literacy and ESOL Learning and Teaching
Preparation for Education and Training
Literacy, ESOL and the Learner
Promoting Positive Behaviour
Professional Practice Portfolio
Professionalism and Quality in the Curriculum

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Tuition fees for part-time postgraduate courses are set per module and usually charged per module. Please contact the university for more accurate fees at the time of admission.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Tuition fees for part-time postgraduate courses are set per module and usually charged per module. Please contact the university for more accurate fees at the time of admission.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You must have a UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, plus a level 3 qualification (or equivalent) in language (e.g. A-level English Language or English Literature). If you do not have the required language qualifications, then the University has a pre-course task book and assessment which will enable you to show evidence of your language skills at level 3 and which may be accepted as meeting the entry requirements. If your qualifications aren’t from a recognised UK education institution, advice will be taken from the International Office on comparability. You'll be required to attend an interview as part of the application process. This will involve written diagnostic tests for English/literacy and mathematics/numeracy, a short oral presentation, and a face-to-face interview.

University information

The University of Bolton dates back to 1825 and has a long and distinguished history of providing a quality education. Situated on a modern friendly campus near the centre of Bolton, the University is home to 11,000 students who have ranked the University as No.1 for student satisfaction in the North West, Complete University Guide 2020. Many of our Postgraduate courses are professionally accredited. Postgraduate study is challenging,...more