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Level 3 Award in English for Literacy and Language Teaching


This qualification is designed as a ‘bridging qualification’ for those who wish to progress to subject specific literacy and ESOL teacher education programmes. It allows you to develop your personal skills in English to Level 3 and evidence these to meet the entry criteria for higher level subject specialist qualifications.

It is also appropriate for vocational tutors and support staff working with learners to improve their English skills up to Level 2.


You complete 4 mandatory units:

  • 301 Analysing English language for literacy and language teaching
  • 302 Reading skills for literacy and language teaching
  • 303 Speaking and listening skills for literacy and language teaching
  • 304 Writing skills for literacy and language teaching


The course is taught through a combination of face-to-face and online activities. You are required to attend 15 half day sessions (including induction and initial assessment) delivered on Thursdays. A wide range of teaching and learning strategies are used, including group activities, student presentations, peer assessment, group discussions and research tasks. The units are taught holistically so that you can build on your skills in each area through the course.

Course Leader profile

Rachel Terry

Lecturer in Teacher Education and Centre Manager for Huddersfield University.

I have worked as a lecturer in Teacher Education for nine years. As a former ESOL teacher, my special interests are literacy and English language teaching, as well as education policy and inclusion. I currently teach the first year of the Cert.Ed/PGCE as well as the Level 3 Award in English for Literacy/Language Teaching. I have a degree in Modern Languages, a PGCE for secondary education and an MA in German Literature. I am working towards a Doctorate in Education. I also have a number of years’ experience of being self-employed running a community café. I am active in the University and College Union (UCU) and am keen to support new teachers in the College and on our courses. 

Entry Requirements

Level 2 qualification in English or the ability to demonstrate secure skills at this level.

Interview Process

Interview with specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

Three of the units are assessed through internally marked timed tests. These take place during the taught sessions. Speaking and listening skills are assessed through a short presentation (5-10 minutes) and a group discussion.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Certificate in Education / PGCE with a specialist pathway in Literacy/ESOL teaching; subject specialist teaching qualifications at Level 5.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Part-time (day)
  • Start Date: 2 March 2017
  • Hours per week: 3 hours per week
  • Days: Thursday
  • Start Time: 5.00 pm
  • End Time: 8.00 pm
  • Duration: 15 Weeks
  • Course Fees: £509 (FCR) The fee quoted is for guidance only and will be confirmed at enrolment Full Cost Recovery Courses do not attract any funding and therefore the full cost of the fees are payable by the student irrespective of their circumstances.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professional Studies
  • Department Manager: Karen Robson


  • Level: Level 3
  • Qualification Name: Award in English for Literacy and Language Teaching
  • Awarding Body: City & Guilds

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