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Supporting Bilingual Learners in the Mainstream Classroom (PgCert)

Course Description

Why this course?

This is a part-time accredited specialist course for all teachers working with bilingual learners. It’s open to qualified teachers as well as allied professional workers such as speech and language therapists and educational psychologists.

You’ll enhance your knowledge and practice of innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery for bilingual learners.

This course is part of the Master of Education programme.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/supportingbilinguallearnersinthemainstreamclassroom/

You’ll study

You’ll complete three compulsory modules, a maximum of two per year. Modules must be taken in sequence.

- Theories & Policies of Bilingualism & Second Language Acquisition
- Policy & Practice in Supporting Bilingual Learners 3 to 18
- Action Research to Effect Change for Bilingual Learners

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

The course is offered on a part-time basis over two years, with flexible delivery options available in terms of time and venue. It's not currently available by distance learning.

The course is delivered by a team of experts from the School of Education who have both teaching and research experience in the area of support for bilingual learners.

Sessions include lectures, workshop activity, seminar presentations and guest speakers.


Each module is assessed throughout the Certificate and is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Students are normally expected to have passed the assignment for each module prior to undertaking the next. The modules are assessed in a range of ways:
- Module 1 – 3,000 word written assignment and peer assessed presentation
- Module 2 – materials production and two 1,500-word written assignments
- Module 3 – research diary and written research report


All teachers must be able to demonstrate the ability to respond appropriately to linguistic differences among pupils. The Additional Support for Learning legislation (2004) emphasises the need to match educational provision to the needs of each individual learner, including bilingual learners.

This course enables teachers to meet these requirements thus enhancing their own practice and improving the learning opportunities of bilingual pupils.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

Visit the Supporting Bilingual Learners in the Mainstream Classroom (PgCert) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A relevant degree, or equivalent, and normally a teaching qualification. You may also be asked to demonstrate your ability to work at postgraduate level. You’re required to be currently working in an educational setting with learners who use more than one language in their everyday lives.

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