Taught course

PGCE Post-Compulsory: Literacy and ESOL (full-time)

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

A minimum of a level 3 qualification https://www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean/compare-different-qualification-levels or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. An academic or professional reference is also a requirement. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Teacher Training. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This Post-Compulsory PGCE is offered as a partnership between UCL Institute of Education and further education colleges in London. The taught elements of the programme are delivered at the Institute and the training classes and teaching placements are offered by partner colleges. This programme will develop a student's generic teaching skills and their specialist subject skills in both literacy and ESOL.

The post-compulsory teacher education programmes at UCL Institute of Education are designed to meet the training needs and qualification requirements of people who are working or would like to work in the post-compulsory sector.

Our post-compulsory PGCE qualifications are recognised by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and provide a basis for higher qualifications, such as masters degrees and professional doctorates.

Following their most recent OFSTED inspection in November 2013, our post-compulsory programmes were deemed outstanding and given a Grade 1 (the highest possible grade).

Full-time: 1 year;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


The programme is delivered via taught sessions at the IOE plus 120 hours of practical teaching of literacy and ESOL in the learning and skills sector. It is assessed through written professional development reports, coursework and regular observations of a student's practical teaching skills.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214