University of Oxford Featured Masters Courses
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi Featured Masters Courses
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Featured Masters Courses
University of Portsmouth Featured Masters Courses
Aston University Featured Masters Courses

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education Teachers of English (Literacy) offers initial teacher education for those who wish to be employed in a variety of post-16 educational and training establishments and will eventually enable the holder to submit evidence for Professional Formation and Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status once registered with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). This course is designed to meet the ETF Professional standards and has at its heart a model of Critical Reflective Practice that facilitates an ongoing professional dialogue between student, mentor and tutor. The course received a Grade 2: Good in the Ofsted Inspection March 2013.

This is an integrated route to train teachers of English/Literacy. There is also a generic route designed for a wide range of post-compulsory subjects.

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education.

This is NOT an appropriate training course for applicants who wish to teach in primary or secondary schools. It does not confer qualified teacher status (QTS) and does not provide the participant with a DfE number.

POST COMPULSORY EDUCATION Frequently Asked Questions

What happens on the course?

​Our PCE teacher training programmes seek to prepare student teachers to develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities required of a professional teacher in the post compulsory sector. There are two subject specialist modules which support and develop your background knowledge in key issues in English/ Literacy knowledge. One introduces you to issues relating to aspects of grammar as well as speaking, listening, reading and writing. The other module focuses on the sociolinguistic aspect of learning and using English. These modules will also encourage you to evaluate your practice to improve your English/literacy teaching.

You will study:

  • Working in the Post Compulsory Sector
  • Constructing Self and Identity
  • Introduction to Literacy Studies
  • Reflecting on Self and Identity
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Developing Language and Literacy in PCE

You'll be placed in a lifelong learning setting for two days per week and two days will be based at the University. You'll also go on two block placements during the year – where you are supported and supervised by college teacher mentors, as well as by a University Personal Tutor whom you meet on a weekly basis.

Why Wolverhampton?

Why become a student in the Institute of Education?

​You will be taught in our state-of-the-art teaching buildings at Walsall Campus, just a short walk from the heart of the town. Our Education and Teaching buildings are fitted with interactive whiteboards, three lecture theatres, science classrooms, as well as social learning areas and a coffee shop.

We are committed to student support, from enrolment to graduation. You will have a personal tutor to support your progression through your award.

We have strong partnerships with regional and national education organisations.

Who will teach you on this course?

All of the staff that teach you on this course have experience within the feild having worked in Further Education and now work in teacher education. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, as they all actively engage in research.

The Institute of Education at the University of Wolverhampton has a strong focus on research and the part it plays in your study experience. All our lecturers are research active (see our profiles on the University web pages) and working on latest developments.

Career path

The PGCE Teachers of English/Literacy provides a clear pathway towards a full teaching qualification. Many of our participants go on to successful careers in colleges, sixth forms and adult education colleges. Our qualifications are also widely accepted in adult education centres, the prison service and commercial training organisations throughout the private sector of the economy.

  • A current shortage of qualified lecturers points towards jobs for suitable candidates nationally.
  • Further Education teaching ranges from Skills for Life to Higher National Diplomas and Foundation Degrees

Qualifying as a Post Compulsory Teacher allows you to teach in areas such as:

  • Sixth Forms
  • Further Education (e.g. Colleges)
  • Adult and Community Learning institutions (e.g. Local Council provision)
  • Adult Training and Education in industry and commerce
  • Higher Education
  • Adult Training in public sector services such as the NHS, the police, and social services.
  • Academies.

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education.

Find out more about further research study that can be taken after completing this Masters award.

What skills will you gain?

The course learning outcomes are: 

1. Knowledge and understanding 

2. Practical, professional and research skills 

3. Intellectual skills 

4. Postgraduate generic skills

Who accredits this course?

All of the University’s Post Compulsory Education awards adhere to the current standards and assessment criteria and provide you with the qualifications required to teach in post-compulsory education.

Visit the Teachers of English (Literacy) - PGCE page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!





Enquire About This Course

Recipient: University of Wolverhampton

* required field

Please correct the errors indicated below to send your enquiry

Your enquiry has been emailed successfully