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University of Wolverhampton

University of Wolverhampton

Teachers of English (Literacy)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education Teachers of English (Literacy) offers initial teacher education for those who wish to be employed in a variety of post-16 educational and training establishments and will eventually enable the holder to submit evidence for Professional Formation and Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status once registered with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). This course is designed to meet the ETF Professional standards and has at its heart a model of Critical Reflective Practice that facilitates an ongoing professional dialogue between student, mentor and tutor. The course received a Grade 2: Good in the Ofsted Inspection March 2013.

This is an integrated route to train teachers of English/Literacy. There is also a generic route designed for a wide range of post-compulsory subjects.

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education.

Entry requirements

You must be sure that you wish to embark on a career of teaching in Post-Compulsory Education (PCE) before applying for this course. In order to achieve this we recommend that you gain some experience within the post compulsory sector.

  • Preferably a 2:1 degree (or equivalent qualification).
  • GCSE Maths and English grade 4/C or above, or equivalent. Or you could take a computer-based Key Skills Level 2 Numeracy and Literacy equivalency test at the University Walsall Campus. A charge will be introduced as follows:
    £40 for one test or £60 for two tests.
    Candidates should bring cash with them on the day of the test.
  • A-Level or equivalent in English Language.

You will be required to provide evidence of your original qualifications.

We expect you to research your subject area within the post-compulsory context, and to visit a further education establishment to make an informed decision about how your subject specialism fits into the national vocational framework.

All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to an interview. This will include a presentation and a panel-based interview. Please view information regarding interview preparation.

Course modules

Our PCE teacher training programmes seek to prepare student teachers to develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities required of a professional teacher in the post compulsory sector. There are two subject specialist modules which support and develop your background knowledge in key issues in English/ Literacy knowledge. One introduces you to issues relating to aspects of grammar as well as speaking, listening, reading and writing. The other module focuses on the sociolinguistic aspect of learning and using English. These modules will also encourage you to evaluate your practice to improve your English/literacy teaching.

You will study:

Working in the Post Compulsory Sector – 20 credits

Constructing Self and Identity – 20 credits

Introduction to Literacy Studies – 20 credits

Reflecting on Self and Identity – 20 credits

Personal and Professional Development – 20 credits

Developing Language and Literacy in PCE – 20 credits

You'll be placed in a lifelong learning setting for two days per week and two days will be based at the University. You'll also go on two block placements during the year – where you are supported and supervised by college teacher mentors, as well as by a University Personal Tutor whom you meet on a weekly basis


These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £9,000 for studying this course (dependent on your degree classification). Please visit the BIS website for more information.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,700 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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