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This course is designed to develop you as a professional English/Literacy/ESOL teacher by broadening and enhancing your existing professional knowledge and understanding, skills-base and practice. It is a part-time, one-year, in-service course, delivered one evening per week. If successful you will be awarded the Level 5 Diploma in Teaching English.

Please note: If you succesfully completed a level three course at LSC in 2017-18 and want to progress to an HE course then you don't need to complete a UCAS application. Use the 'Apply' button to apply direct to the College.

Entry Requirements

  • An initial teaching qualification (eg PGCE or Certificate of Education or DTTLS)
  • A minimum of 50 hours teaching in the specialist area at two different levels is required
  • To combine the literacy and ESOL specialism (as above) plus a minimum of 75 hours
  • A subject mentor secured prior to starting the course
  • Effective communication and a good command of written and spoken English
  • Successful completion of a specialist initial assessment in language awareness NB: It is not necessary to have a CELTA to do the Diploma in Teaching English, either literacy or ESOL. If an applicant does have CELTA (or Trinity Certificate) they can apply for APL for direct entry to Module 2 of the Diploma in Teaching English.

Fees: £2,700 ALL fees will be collected by Canterbury Christ Church University

To apply for this course you must be aged 18 or over on or before the 31st August 2018

  • Unit breakdown, Progression & More...

    Assessment Method

    Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence which includes observations, presentations and written assignments.

    Aims of the course

    To offer a professional development opportunity to further develop the skills and knowledge required to teach English/literacy/ESOL in Further Education colleges, adult and community learning, 14-19 units in schools and academies, private training organisations, prison education and the public services (police, paramedics, fire service).

    Progression Opportunities

    Successful completion of this course can lead to paid/permanent employment/promotion in this sector.


    There will be a mix of delivery models used: classroom-based teaching, seminars, tutorials and workshops, independent research study and online learning. You will also have access to our VLE sites (eME and Blackboard) that will provide you with a range of materials and resources to support your learning whilst on this course. Both individual tutorial support and additional learning support are also available, if required.

    Career Options

    Teaching/training profession

    What can I earn as a teacher? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. With a vocational qualification in teaching, you'll be starting on a career path with lots of opportunity for progression ? and a good salary in your sights.

    For example:

    • Teaching assistants start on around £15,000 a year and can earn £19,000 with a few years' experience
    • Special needs teachers start on around £26,000 a year and can earn £46,000 with a few years' experience -Secondary school teachers start on around £29,000 a year and can earn up to £47,000 with a few years' experience

    If you're interested in a career in teaching, we offer a range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Our tiered qualifications are taught by expert tutors and include valuable work experience, giving you the confidence and skills to take your first steps in this rewarding sector. To find out more go to or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Evening
Mode Part Time
Duration 12 weeks
Start Date 23/03/2020
End Date 03/07/2020


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 2,700 p/year
24+ £2,700 p/year
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And Then?

College isn't just about a social life and good grades. Check out what sort of careers this subject can lead to.

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Gentjana Aliaj

One highlight of my time at university has been the opportunity to meet professionals in my field whose work and research has completely changed my perspective of the world we live in.

Eka Triandapilidi

Eka Triandapilidi

After a very successful year in Level 1 ESOL, Eka started her career path with a teaching assistant job in a primary school in Bromley. She is very happy and sees this as an opportunity to inspire and motivate children and to continue improving her own English skills, wherever possible.

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