English Literacy and Language Specialists - PGCE (Full-Time)

Level 7 - Postgraduate Study or NVQ Level 7 or Equivalent

Subject Area Teaching

Attendance Full-Time


The course will give you the skills and confidence you need to become an effective teacher of literacy and ESOL. This course is aimed at graduates either currently in/or seeking to pursue a career in the wider education sector and it has been informed by the most recent developments in educational research and government policy. You will analyse the many changes currently affecting the further education sector and will develop your knowledge of various teaching approaches and techniques to become a skilled and reflective teacher.

This course focuses on developing your teaching skills, and not on the subject you intend to teach. For this reason, you are expected to have a good understanding of your chosen subject(s) before you start training. PGCE English Literacy and Language Specialists is a Level 7 (Masters Level) programme.

With the support from tutor module specialists from a range of sectors across the industry you will receive real life examples and industry contact including workshops and placements to help you understand the complex, ever-changing and exciting world of teaching. We pride ourselves on the personalised lessons and seminars where smaller classes enable students to have more interaction and support from tutors to help maximise potential.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk.
Duration: 12 Months
Venue: Teaching Development Centre, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready Guarantee

The School of Education has strong links with local education providers and as part of our work ready guarantee you will complete a 120 hour work placement which will build and support your expertise and future career aspirations. Some modules will offer the opportunity to engage in live research projects that will create networking opportunities and enrich your employability skills needed. You will also receive guidance in professional membership bodies relevant to the sector.

Who the course is for

This course is aimed at graduates either currently in/or seeking to pursue a career in the wider education sector. This is a Level 7 (Masters Level) course validated by NCG and is mapped to professional standards for the sector. From 2007 all new entrants to teaching and training in further and adult education must meet these standards in order to apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning Skills Sector).

This course fully meets the future requirements for Initial Teacher Training for the post compulsory sector and leads to achievement of QTLS. Candidates with QTLS have parity of esteem with holders of secondary QTS. Graduates can also use credits gained to progress onto our Master’s degree in Education.

Qualification Gained

PGCE English Literacy and Language Specialists validated by NCG.

How to Apply


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Course Content

Semester 1 Modules (Level 6)

301 Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training module will run through the first stage of your programme and it will introduce you to the key roles and responsibilities of a tutor. Lesson planning, inclusive classroom teaching skills and assessment practice form key parts of this module. Teaching practice and observed and assessed teaching for the first stage of the course are attached to this module too. In your taught sessions on the course you will develop knowledge which you will then apply within your teaching practice.

303 Theories, Principles and Models in Education and Training module will explore a wide range of learning theories, further developing your awareness of the theoretical concepts underpinning learning. You will be encouraged to research extensively, analysing the values underpinning different pedagogic approaches and to consider the impact of different policy initiatives. You will be expected to experiment with different approaches in your teaching to gain a deeper understanding which will allow you to evaluate, justify/challenge received opinion in relation to your own teaching and learning. You will then analyse the impact of the application of the new knowledge on your own practice.

307 English: Literacy, ESOL and the Learners module will provide you with an understanding of key issues relating to language change, language variety, the relationship between language and social processes and the use of English as a medium for learning. As part of the module, you will also consider factors which influence literacy and language acquisition, learning and use. You will relate this context to your teaching practice by analysing a learner’s spoken and written English and by producing a case study presentation on a learner which explores factors which have affected that learner’s language and literacy learning and acquisition.

Semester 2 Modules (Level 7)

401 Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training module will further develop your theoretical understanding and practice related to teaching, learning and assessment. This module builds on learning from the level 6 'Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training' module and focuses on deepening knowledge and application of theory, identification of personal pedagogical principles, development and design of resources and utilisation of technologies.

403 Wider Professional Practice in Education and Training module will begin to explore wider elements of the role of a tutor, centred around two themes: professionalism and quality assurance/ quality improvement. You will also explore the impact of policy and stakeholders on curriculum and on aspects of tutors’ practice.

422 English: Literacy and ESOL Theories and Frameworks module will provide you with an understanding of literacy and ESOL theories and frameworks. You will consider theories and principles relating to language acquisition and learning, theories and principles relating to literacy and ESOL learning and development and how language can be described and analysed. You will also consider the processes involved in the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills for literacy and ESOL learners.

409 English: Literacy and ESOL Learning and Teaching module will enable you to provide inclusive literacy and ESOL teaching and learning. You will consider how to plan and deliver inclusive literacy and ESOL teaching and learning, how to liaise with others to promote the inclusion of literacy and ESOL in learning programmes, the use of specialist approaches and tools in assessment, and how to communicate effectively with literacy and ESOL learners.

Learning Methods

The philosophy of the PGCE English Literacy and Language Specialists is based upon the importance of experiential learning and each module will therefore be delivered utilising a wide range of learning and teaching methods to allow you to experience the methods as learners, evaluate them as teachers, and consider how the approaches can be adapted and implemented to support the development of your practice. You will also complete a teaching practice placement which will run throughout the programme.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through a combination of reports, assignments, portfolios of evidence and observed practical teaching.

Progression Opportunities

This course comprises units which attract Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CATS) points. These can help successful students progress to a MA degree in education. 40 credits at Level 7 can be taken towards the Master’s degree in Education and Professional Development at the School of Education.

Career Opportunities

Previous graduates of this course have successfully achieved employment with numerous education providers within the region. The course has excellent links to industry giving you opportunities to impress future employers and gain employment.

PGCE English Literacy and Language Specialists fully meets the requirements for Initial Teacher Training for the post compulsory sector and leads to achievement of QTLS. Candidates with QTLS have parity of esteem with holders of secondary QTS.

Entry Requirements

You must hold a good degree level qualification in the subject area you wish to teach and meet the required standards for language, literacy, numeracy and ICT. These areas will be assessed through your application for the programme, and as part of your induction.If English is not your first language, you will require a minimum English language test score of 6.5.

You must also have at least 120 hours of teaching practice over the duration of the course and you will also need support from a mentor who may be expected to carry out teaching observations with support from the School of Education.

Please note entry on to our PGCE programmes will be dependent upon a valid enhanced DBS check (formerly CRB check) which must be carried out by the college in line with government policy.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at gov.uk/studentfinance or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.

International learners

Newcastle College offers competitive tuition fees to learners who are resident of countries outside of the EU. For friendly advice please call our International team on +44 (0) 191 226 6323 for more information.

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