This course is designed to develop you as a professional English/Literacy/ESOL teacher by broadening and enhancing your existing professional knowledge and understanding, skills-base and practice. It is a part-time, one-year, in-service course, delivered one evening per week.

If successful you will be awarded the Level 5 Diploma in Teaching English.

Aims of the course

To offer a professional development opportunity to further develop the skills and knowledge required to teach English/literacy/ESOL in Further Education colleges, adult and community learning, 14-19 units in schools and academies, private training organisations, prison education and the public services (police, paramedics, fire service).

Unit Breakdown

You will study three mandatory modules: Module 1: English: ESOL, Literacy and the Learners, Module 2: Theories and Frameworks, Module 3: Learning and Teaching.

Assessment Method

Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence which includes observations, presentations and written assignments.

Progression Opportunities

Successful completion of this course can lead to paid/permanent employment/promotion in this sector.

Career Options

Teaching/training profession

Entry Requirements

An initial teaching qualification (eg PGCE or Certificate of Education or DTTLS)

A minimum of 50 hours teaching in the specialist area at two different levels is required

To combine the literacy and ESOL specialism (as above) plus a minimum of 75 hours

A subject mentor secured prior to starting the course

Effective communication and a good command of written and spoken English

Successful completion of a specialist initial assessment in language awareness

NB: It is not necessary to have a CELTA to do the Diploma in Teaching English, either literacy or ESOL. If an applicant does have CELTA (or Trinity Certificate) they can apply for APL for direct entry to Module 2 of the Diploma in Teaching English.


There will be a mix of delivery models used: classroom-based teaching, seminars, tutorials and workshops, independent research study and online learning. You will also have access to our VLE sites (eME and Blackboard) that will provide you with a range of materials and resources to support your learning whilst on this course. Both individual tutorial support and additional learning support are also available, if required.

Services Provided

Canterbury Christ Church University

Library Services: including online resources (e.g. books, journal articles) and support.

Student Support Services ? including student welfare services, counselling, disability and Equal Opportunities, Student Study Support, student health and financial support).

Careers and Student Development: including the Careers Advisory Service, CV service, BA/BSc and GMS references, Jobshop, Volunteering, Destination of Leavers and Employability services.

Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) ? provides a range of materials, resources etc. to support you whilst studying.

Coaching: optional free additional coaching opportunities to enhance the quality and effectiveness of your teaching.

Lewisham Southwark College:

Learning Centre ? a range of books, HE Study Room, use of PCs

Virtual Learning Environment (eME) ? provides a range of materials, resources etc. to support you whilst studying.

Do I need to register?

You will be provided with the relevant information to complete an online registration at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Process for Application

Firstly complete/submit the online application for the College, you will then be invited in for interview and assessment. If you are offered a place you will be asked to provide documentation and will be provided with an application for the university (to be returned to the Course Tutor).



Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Evening
Study Mode Part Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 11/09/2017
End Date 06/07/2018

Fees and Finance

16-18 £0 p/ year
19-24 £0 p/ year
24+ £0 p/ year
International £0 p/ year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.


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