The Post-compulsory Education & Training Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy / ESOL PGCE / CertEd course is one of a range of teaching qualifications offered by the School of Education. Students study at the Caerleon campus at the University of South Wales
and choose one pathway as their specialism – Literacy, Numeracy or ESOL.
The course is for you if you are currently teaching literacy/communication, numeracy/maths or English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to adults or young people over 16 and are looking to continue your professional development with a full teaching qualification.
This nationally recognised specialist teaching qualification will qualify you to work in the post-compulsory sector (e.g. further education, adult and community education, prisons or work-based learning). On the course you will have the opportunity to review and extend your teaching practice and subject knowledge, and develop professionally. At the Caerleon campus, Newport, you will benefit from the guidance and support of our team of specialist teacher educators, all of whom are experienced teachers in their field. You will also learn from others in the group, and will be encouraged to share good practice and develop links with teachers from other organisations.
Throughout the specialist PcET PGCE / CertEd 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. We also guarantee you a stimulating year’s study!
On completion, graduates will gain a PGCE and non-graduates will gain a Certificate of Education.
What you study
In the first year you will study with a subject-specific group of developing teachers. You will deepen your understanding of English language, literacy or numeracy/maths (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. You will extend your repertoire of learning and teaching methods and strategies in your subject, and develop understanding of the diverse needs of learners. You 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.
In the second year of the course, you will study alongside those planning to teach other subjects at post-16 (from leisure and tourism to music technology and beyond). You will look at broader issues in post-compulsory education, learning and teaching from your perspective as a subject specialist, and you will work on projects with course participants from your own and other subject areas.
Evidence from past years shows that completion of the course enhances the career and employment potential of course members.
For those who wish to continue with postgraduate studies there are various progression routes available at the Caerleon campus, Newport including the MA Leadership and Management (PcET) and the MA Education. The MA TESOL programme also offers specialist routes for further advanced study.
• Level 3 qualification relevant to the subject specialism is desirable, i.e. maths (for Adult Numeracy awards) or in a language based subject (for Adult Literacy or ESOL awards) • You must be teaching groups of post-16 learners minimum 3 hours week in your chosen specialist subject • Your teaching must take place in approved environment (eg FE, adult education, voluntary sector). references from your employer are requested • Where English is not a first language applicants are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English Language at IELTS level 7 or equivalent • Degree qualification required for PGCE route