The Level 5 Certificate in Teaching Adult Literacy /Adult Numeracy / ESOL is designed for current teachers who wish to study to gain a nationally recognised specialist qualification. If you already hold a teaching qualification such as a Primary PGCE, Secondary PGCE or PcET PGCE or Cert Ed, then this course is for you. Students choose one pathway from a choice of three as their specialism:
The specialist certificate provides you with the opportunity to review and extend your subject knowledge, and develop professionally. You will be challenged to look at your teaching practice afresh and to develop new insights and approaches to your teaching. You will be guided and supported by our specialist teacher educators, all of whom are experienced teachers in their field, enthusiastic about their subject and committed to enhancing your experience. You will also be encouraged to learn from others in the group, share good practice and develop links with teachers from other organisations.
Throughout the course you will share ideas about learning and teaching, and form new professional networks and friendships. Our dedicated teaching staff will support you in developing your own confidence, and understanding of, your subject.
On completion, you will gain a Level 5 Certificate in Teaching Adult Literacy & Communication OR Adult Numeracy & Maths OR ESOL.
What you study
You study in a subject-specialist cohort with opportunities to share good practice and professional experience with others in the group.
You will deepen your understanding of English language, literacy or numeracy (as appropriate) as a subject area. This will include knowledge of key questions, theories and concepts in your subject, as well as the development of your own personal skills in the subject area.
Learning & Assessment methods
Through assignments such as individual student case studies, presentations and seminars, teaching practice and reflections on theory and practice, you will extend your own practice and deepen your understanding of learning and teaching in your specialist subject.
We will consider how the theories of learning and assessment can be applied to the teaching of your subject. You will be encouraged to analyse and critique policies and practices relating to the teaching of your subject, and to develop your own considered approach to teaching language, literacy or numeracy.
It is expected that the specialist certificate will increasingly become a requirement in the sector. Furthermore, evidence from past years shows that completion of such courses enhances the career and employment potential of course members. The University's MA Education programme offers specialist routes for further, advanced study including the MA TESOL.