The Professional Certificate in Education (Adult Literacy and Communication) is for those currently teaching literacy or communication to adults or young people over 16. It is for those looking to continue their professional development with a full teaching qualification.
This nationally recognised specialist teaching qualification will qualify you to work in the post-compulsory sector, eg, further education, adult and community education, prisons or work-based learning. You will have the opportunity to review and extend your teaching practice and subject knowledge, and develop professionally.
At the university, you will benefit from the guidance and support of our team of specialist teacher educators, who are all experienced teachers in their field. You will also learn from others in the group, and be encouraged to share good practice and develop links with teachers from other organisations.
A Level 3 qualification relevant to the subject specialism is desirable, ie, maths for Adult Numeracy awards, or a language based subject for Adult Literacy or ESOL awards
Enhanced DBS check required as appropriate
Mathematics and English language GCSE grade C or above, or equivalent, are desirable
You must be teaching groups of post 16 learners a minimum of three hours a week in your chosen specialist subject throughout the course. Teaching needs to be at a minimum of two core curriculum levels, eg, entry level and Level 1)
Your teaching must take place in an approved environment, eg, FE adult education, voluntary sector or publicly funded training provider. References from your employer are also requested
If English is not your first language you should be able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (minimum score of 5.5 in each band)
Degree qualification required for PGCE route, Level 3 qualification required for the Cert Ed route
An interview is required for this course
In the first year, you will study with a subject specific group of developing teachers. You will deepen your understanding of literacy as a subject area. This will include knowledge of key questions, theories and concepts, as well as the development of your own personal skills within literacy.
You will extend your repertoire of learning and teaching methods, and strategies in your subject. You will develop your 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 literacy.
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.
Progression routes include MA Leadership and Management (PcET) for those who wish to continue with postgraduate studies.
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