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Professional Graduate Certificate In Education 14 + English (Literacy And ESOL) PGCE

Professional Graduate Certificate In Education 14 + English (Literacy And ESOL) PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

English Language Teaching Literacy / Basic Skills Teaching

Course type


Course Summary

This 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. 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’re 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. We’ll guide you as you learn to plan lessons, deliver classes, assess your students’ performances, and provide constructive feedback. Our expert and supportive tutors will work to help you become an expert, engaging and inclusive teacher with high standards of professionalism.

Course Highlights: Ofsted rated us as ‘outstanding’ for the quality of leadership and management across our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnerships at the last inspection in December 2012, and rated the quality of outcomes for our trainee teachers, the quality of the training they receive and the overall effectiveness of our partnerships as ‘good’; Work-based learning through teaching placements is essential for success on this course and you’ll have the opportunity to gain a minimum of 120 hours’ experience planning and delivering learning; 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 Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course – you don’t need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education; Our highly qualified and dedicated team offer a wealth of experience of teaching both in post-14 education and training and teacher education, as well as educational research, ensuring you have access to the latest thinking in teaching and learning; We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes and excellent IT and library facilities.

Career Opportunities: This course will give you the necessary skills and practical experience required, to prepare you for a teaching career, with the emphasis 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.

Different course options

Full time | University of Bolton | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



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

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students 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 they don’t have the required language qualifications, then the University has a pre-course task book and assessment which will enable you to show evidence of theirlanguage skills at level 3 and which may be accepted as meeting the entry requirements. If their qualifications are not from a recognised UK education institution, advice will be taken from the International Office on comparability; If their honours degree is in English; If they have an HND, foundation degree or DipHE, please see our CertEd Certificate in Education 14+ English (Literacy and ESOL) course details. If they have an upper second class (2:1) or first class honours degree (or equivalent). They will 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 quality education. Situated on a modern campus in the centre of Bolton, the University is home to 11,000 students who are very happy with their experience, proved by their number one ranking for student satisfaction in Greater Manchester in the Complete University Guide 2019. The university is split into nine faculties: Bolton School of...more