Taught course

Post Compulsory Education and Training

Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry is via: a first degree; regular access to a group of learners; the appropriate qualification in your subject area, i.e. literacy, at a minimum of Level 3; having access to 75 ours reflective teaching practice for each year of the programme; the ability to fulfil the academic requirements for the programme, which includes being able to communicate clearly and grammatically in spoken and written English; the ability to demonstrate the appropriate levels of numeracy and ICT; The ability to pass the Entry test to demonstrate your personal literacy skills at L3.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a two year, part-time programme for those working in the Post Compulsory Sector (work-based learning, education community and voluntary sector, wider workforce), who are either teaching literacy or embedding literacy into their teaching. A programme of subject specific professional studies is offered by a range of highly professional and experienced lecturers; their aim is to develop students understanding of educational policy and procedures, teaching and learning theory and practice and planning, assessment and evaluation procedures with literacy specific emphasis. Through a highly successful timetable of workshops, students expand their subject knowledge and address any skills gaps that they may initially have.

The programme reflects the national structure, which identifies two exit points. The first is the successful completion of the first module, which confers Threshold Status, as required by LLUK. The second is the successful completion of the programme.

The requirements of the National Standards for Teachers/Trainers/Tutors have been embedded into this fully endorsed (by SVUK) programme and will lead to QTLS. The team’s strong focus on inclusion and meeting the needs of students and their learners has been applauded by OFSTED.

As the University is the lead partner in the Centre for Excellence in Inclusive Learning, all of our programmes, including the PGCE, benefit from innovative teaching and learning strategies which are gained fro sharing practice with other CETT partners. These partners include FE and specialist colleges, Adult & Community learning, work-based learning, secure estates and the voluntary sector.

There are six modules each of 20 credit value, across the two years of the programme. Assessment is carried out through written assignments, observations of teaching practice, presentations and portfolio.

The programme supports those already working in the post compulsory sector to gain qualified status. It will support career development and progression within the sector

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 243 7900