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Teaching English (Literacy CPD) in the Lifelong Learning Sector Level 5 University Certificate

  • L5
  • HE

This is a 45 credit ‘in-University' CPD Certificate. It is Ideal for teachers who already have Level 2/GCSE English, Level 3 English and even a degree in an English related subject. This course will provide specialist English professional teacher training for teachers who teach English up to Level 3 in the Skills for Life area of post-compulsory education. The programme is recognised by the Department for Education and Skills and incorporates the 2014 Education and Training (ETF) teacher teaching standards. It is recommended for teachers of Functional Skills and GCSE English. The course allows a teacher to become an English Subject Specialist. Although applicants should be aware that all teachers of English are required to gain a full initial teaching qualification (CertEd/PGCE) in addition.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for this Certificate must be engaged in teaching in post-compulsory (further, adult or workplace) education for at least 50 hours per year. You will need to have A Level English or equivalent Level 3 English qualifications (or be able to prove Level 3 English competency). There will be a pre course assessment which demonstrates Literacy Skills at Level 3. Your personal skills in your subject specialism (Literacy) should be already at Level 3 or above. At interview you will need to demonstrate personal skills appropriate for a member of the teaching profession.

Course content

This is a 1 year part-time course and weekly attendance is required.

During this course you will study a range of topics, including:

  • English Language Use
  • Developing personal language use to a high level
  • English Language Skills
  • Understanding the nature and inter-dependency of the four language skills and how they apply to teaching
  • Factors Affecting Language Use and Learning: investigating issues that influence language learning
  • Theoretical Frameworks
  • The theory behind lexis, grammar and phonetics
  • Developing Literacy Programmes
  • How the main theories relate to literacy teaching
  • Teaching Practice
  • Using the core curriculum to create literacy teaching programmes

You will be able to:

  • Understand theories and principles relating to language acquisition and learning
  • Understand theories and principles relating to Literacy learning and development
  • Understand how language can be described and analysed
  • Understand the processes involved in the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
  • Understand the significance of language change for Literacy learners
  • Understand the significance of language variety for Literacy learners
  • Understand the relationship between language and social processes
  • Understand factors which influence literacy and language acquisition, learning and use

Assessment methods

This course will be assessed via:

  • One Case Study (3,000 words)
  • Discourse Analysis (3,000 words)
  • Teaching File (Including Observation of Teaching)
  • Reflective evaluation/journal (2,000 words)

Most of the taught sessions will be used for discussions and group exercises which students will need to supplement with independent study. Assessment on the course is via a system of credits. Credits are awarded when students can demonstrate through a portfolio of work, assignment or presentation that they have met the Learning Outcomes of the modules. Some Learning Outcomes are related to practical skills, others to knowledge gained. When students have gained credits for all the modules, they receive the overall award. All assessments are subject to moderation by the University and also by an external moderator.

Further study and career options

Further University of Bedfordshire certificates. Professional Formation for Teachers and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning and FE Sector as a Skills for Life (SfL) specialist (QTLS/ATLS).

Additional information


  • Be able to plan inclusive literacy and language learning and teaching
  • Be able to deliver inclusive literacy and language learning and teaching
  • Understand how to liaise with others to promote the inclusion of literacy, language and wider skills in learning programmes
  • Be able to use specialist approaches and tools in the assessment of literacy and language learners
  • Be able to evaluate and improve own practice in teaching literacy and language.

Successful applicants will become a student at both Bedford College and the University of Bedfordshire and will therefore have access to both sets of facilities and amenities within each institution.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Course Information & How to Apply

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LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
25 weeks 22/09/2020 Tue 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm £1500 Cauldwell Street BBA613 Apply


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Additional formats
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