English Literature

Diploma Teaching English:  Functional Skills / Literacy / ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Year of entry

This diploma course offers an additional qualification for literacy/functional skills or ESOL teachers who have already undertaken an initial teaching qualification. It is also appropriate for teachers of other subjects who may wish to teach literacy/ functional skills or ESOL.

The course provides a framework for teachers to complete a Christ Church University diploma; it meets the requirements for literacy/functional skills and ESOL teachers working in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

There is an emphasis on allowing teachers to develop their knowledge of issues in functional skills/literacy or ESOL through relevant academic study and interaction with other course members.

On most courses participants are drawn for a wide range of professional settings, so you'll learn from the experiences of your peers and expand your professional network.

The main focus of the course is on working with teachers of Functional Skills/ Literacy or ESOL, or those training to be teachers, to enhance and develop their subject knowledge. Subjects studied are:

  • The structure of spoken and written English
  • The language systems of English
  • The Social Development of Language and Literacy
  • Language and Literacy Acquisition
  • Language and Literacy Development in the Classroom
  • About the Programme

You'll attend approximately 100 taught hours. Typically the taught sessions take place weekly over an academic year.

Completion of the diploma, in addition to a recognised teaching qualification allows Literacy and ESOL teachers to apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills).


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  N/A N/A
Part-time  TBC  N/A




Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Assessment is through written assignments and four observed lessons.

To be selected for the course, you'll need to have:

  • An initial teaching qualification (e.g. PGCE / Cert Ed. / DTLLS) or be working towards one.
  • A background of working at a suitable academic level
  • Good literacy skills (There will be an initial assessment of literacy skills at interview)
  • An existing teaching placement or the possibility of arranging at least 50 hours of Literacy or ESOL teaching at two different curriculum levels in an appropriate context
  • An experienced colleague in the workplace who would be willing to act as a mentor

If you are interested in applying for this course, please contact Nicola Clamp, Programme Administrator for a preliminary discussion.

Nicola Clamp, Programme Administrator,
Diploma in Teaching Skills for Life

Lifelong Learning Sector School of Teacher Education and Development
Canterbury Christ Church University
North Holmes Road
Canterbury CT1 1QU

Tel: (01227) 863459

Email: nicola.clamp@canterbury.ac.uk

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 100 taught hours over one academic year

Entry requirements

  • An initial teaching qualification (e.g. PGCE/ Cert Ed./DTLLS) or be working towards one and a background of working at a suitable academic level.
  • Good literacy skills (assessed at interview), an existing teaching placement or the possibility of arranging at least 50 hours in an appropriate context and an experienced colleague willing to act as a mentor.



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