The Post-compulsory Education Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy / ESOL PGCE 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.
This course is for you if you are looking to gain a nationally recognised qualification to teach either English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), adult literacy/communication or adult numeracy/maths in further, adult or community education or other post-compulsory settings.
On the Post-compulsory Education Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy / ESOL PGCE course you will gain the skills, knowledge and understanding required for teaching students over the age of 16. At the Caerleon campus, Newport, you will develop your understanding of your chosen specialism including knowledge of key questions, theories and concepts as well as the development of your own personal skills. For a substantial part of the course you will study in a specialist group. At other times you will study in a larger group, alongside those planning to teach other subjects at post-16 (from leisure and tourism to music technology and beyond).
Committed teachers of ESOL, adult literacy or adult numeracy can really make a difference to learners’ lives and the communities they live in. Developing skills and confidence in spoken and written English and/or Numeracy can open doors to further learning and better employment prospects.
What you study
You will deepen your understanding of English language, literacy/communication or numeracy/maths (as appropriate) as a subject area. You will develop a range of learning and teaching methods and an 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 and 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.
You are encouraged to take responsibility for planning and managing your professional experiences and progress, with the guidance of your personal tutor and workplace mentor. The placement in one of our partner colleges in South Wales or in a community education or similar setting is a central feature of the course, where you can develop professionally as an ESOL, Literacy or Numeracy teacher with the support of an experienced subject specialist.
The qualification is recognised nationally as the requirement for teachers entering the post-compulsory sector, a very wide field that includes further education, adult and community education, work-based learning and the work of many voluntary and community development organisations.
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.
• A 2:1 degree or above (or a recognised equivalent) with some relevance to your chosen subject is desirable • Evidence of interest in post-compulsory learning and teaching and social inclusion • Some understanding of the needs of learners in your subject area • Level 3 skills in your specialist subject • Mathematics and English language GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) are desirable • English Language at IELTS level 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each band) or equivalent