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Level 5 Diploma in Teaching English: Literacy

  • Validated by: Ascentis

The aims of the qualification are to enable students to:

  • Gain a sound subject knowledge base for teaching literacy students in a range of teaching and learning contexts
  • Develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes for teaching literacy students
  • Promote personal and professional development
  • Enhance the quality of teaching and learning

This programme will help you develop into an outstanding English teacher. You will learn how to plan, apply, assess and evaluate teaching and learning within a full teaching role, working with students of every level of literacy and English ability including GCSE/Level 2. Our highly experienced staff will support you in the honing of your knowledge and skills towards becoming a highly successful English tutor. Our students benefit from studying in our dedicated multi-million pound University Centre. This course will be delivered through a combination of taught sessions, tutorials and practical experience in classroom settings.

The Level 5 Diploma in Teaching English: Literacy has been designed for teachers with a generic teaching qualification or trainee teachers who wish to obtain a specialist teaching qualification in English and literacy.

The Diploma is suitable for teachers, tutors and trainers who may be working in an Further Education college, adult and community learning centre or learning provider and for those delivering work-based training such as within voluntary, community, private or public organisations.

There are several features of this qualification that make it very appropriate for its target students:

  • Ascentis-devised assessment tasks designed to cover all the assessment criteria within the unit
  • Verification and certification can be offered throughout the year, allowing maximum flexibility for centres
  • The assessment strategy, a combination of the Personal and Professional Practice File (3PF) and assessment tasks, is a distinctive and holistic approach to the assessment requirements of the Diploma and highly relevant to candidates working or intending to work with literacy students
  • Can be achieved by pre-service or in-service candidates
  • Allows for a minimum of 50 hours of teaching practice in a literacy setting

You will gain this qualification via:

  • 50 hours of teaching practice [minimum]
  • 4 x one-hour observations of teaching
  • Completion of Personal and Professional Practice File (3PF)
  • Assessment tasks for each unit relating to 3PF
  • Meeting of generic criteria in each form of assessment

What are the entry requirements?

Recommended prior knowledge, attainment and/or experience

As part of the selection process for entry onto this qualification programme, all candidates will be interviewed and undertake an initial assessment of their skills in English, mathematics and ICT. You should record your development needs and, where applicable, agree an action plan to address them. If you join the qualification programme having already completed a Level 3 PTLLS or a Level 3 Award in Education and Training and/or a Level 4 CTLLS or a Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, your record of development needs and previous action to address them should be reviewed.

Opportunities to continue to develop these personal skills should be made available across the mandatory units.

The University Centre will select candidates for suitability on the course establishing that they meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Can read and communicate clearly and accurately enough to meet the requirements of their training
  • Do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working as a teacher with young people or vulnerable adults
  • Hold a relevant vocational and/or academic qualification of at least the level above that of their students and ideally a minimum Level 3 qualification in his/her own area of specialism

A minimum of at least 50 hours of teaching practice is required for the Diploma. You must have access to this amount of teaching practice within an English or literacy specialist area.

Entry criteria for the Level 5 Diploma in Teaching English: Literacy:

You must be able to:

  • Apply English language content knowledge and skills to complex and non-routine contexts
  • Transfer your English language content knowledge and skills from familiar contexts to new situations that may require the adaptation and extension of these skills in order to attempt the task
  • Demonstrate that you are able to approach language situations that are well defined, but complex
  • Make appropriate choices, independently, concerning the most effective communication methods and language skills to be used in any given situation
  • Exercise autonomy and judgement in completing tasks and procedures reflect on and evaluate language use in a range of situations

As a potential teacher trainee, you must demonstrate content knowledge and skills in English. This is detailed below. You must evidence each of the elements and all the associated extent.

Use of content knowledge and skills in English (speaking, listening, reading and writing) should be evidenced through tasks which require the application of that content knowledge and skills rather than through discrete item testing.

These tasks should provide evidence of content knowledge and skills beyond the requirement of study in all existing Level 2 English qualifications.

Element 1.4 (explicit knowledge about language) should be evidenced through discussion of pre-course task material or within other interview tasks. The college should look for interest in and ability to analyse language while avoiding the danger of a narrow focus on linguistic terminology. You should be aware of the need for this prior to interview and given the opportunity to prepare.

Having appropriate content knowledge and skills in English will enable you not only to benefit from your teacher training programme, but also to build on and develop your skills in English throughout your programme of study.

This qualification is suitable for students aged 19+.

What can I do if I complete this course?

Although this programme alone does not qualify you to teach, those without a generic teaching qualification who successfully complete this course, could progress onto the following qualifications:

  • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (including Teaching English: Literacy)

Career Path

Demand for specialist English teachers in the post-14 Further Education and Skills sector is steadily rising in line with government initiatives that are seeing students taking maths and English throughout their study programmes. In response, successful trainees on this programme are likely to take up careers in FE colleges, training providers and sixth form colleges to teach English & literacy to GCSE level. There will also be scope to teach in academies, free schools and other 14-16 provision.


One academic year, part time; four hours per week, over thirty weeks.


Primary contact:
Steve Whittle
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext 5534 or email: stephen.whittle@hughbaird.ac.uk

Secondary contact:
Jenny Lightfoot
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext. 6223 or email: jennifer.lightfoot@hughbaird.ac.uk


£1,295 per year.

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We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

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