Taught course

Education (Skills for Life Pathway)

University of Bolton · Faculty of Arts and Media Technologies

Entry requirements

For the Skills for Life Pathway, the minimum entry requirement is a bachelors degree or equivalent plus a Level 3 equivalent, for example A level or NVQ level 3, in language or numeracy. For those not holding the required language or numeracy qualifications the university has a pre-course task book and assessment which will enable candidates to evidence their language or numeracy skills at level 3. These must be successfully completed prior to the start of the course.

PGDE English (ESOL) (Level 6 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector);PGDE English (Literacy) (Level 6 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector);PGDE Mathematics (Numeracy) (Level 6 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector).

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Bolton is the second largest provider of teacher training for further and higher education in the UK.

The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (Level 6) is a teacher training course for graduates who wish to teach in the post-compulsory sector of education; for example, in adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning.

Your choice of study will depend on the subject and area in which you wish to teach. For teaching in a vocational and/or academic curriculum area you will choose the Generic pathway. For teaching ESOL, literacy or numeracy in the lifelong learning sector you will choose the Skills for Life pathway. If you choose this option, you will select your specialist area at the time of your application.

These courses are in line with the teacher education reforms and replace the PGCE. The full PGDE awards equate to the DTLLS qualifications.

Information for international students

An additional requirement for international applicants who have English as a second or foreign language is to show proof of having IELTS level 6.5. Please visit our website.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

University of Bolton Enquiries
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