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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

Janet Holden

Main Grade lecturer full time Calderdale College Bsc (Hons) Psychology, QTLS Life long Learning Sector, Member of BPS. I have a wide range of experiences that inform my teaching, for example working with Social Services to set up group homes and work rehabilitation for vulnerable adults and those with mental health issues. I have worked with the education system in schools with children with severe behavioural challenges and have a special interest in autism and autistic spectrum conditions. When the Kosovan refugees came to this area I was asked to help get them ‘ready for school’ and I worked with them and their families in order to access the support needed for these traumatised children to achieve. This year’s teaching commitment is with the Foundation Degree in Early Years, Cache L3 Diploma in Supporting individuals with Learning Disabilities, Initial Teacher Training (Lifelong Learning) PGCE/CertEd and in the past I have taught on the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care and the Ba (hons) in Early Years and several sessions of Staff Development on autism, Equality and Diversity, Motivation and Stress and am involved each year in supporting and mentoring student teachers. I am the vice chair of the college’s UCU and I sit on the college’s Joint Consultative Committee where college wide issues are discussed with senior management and staff representatives such as the capability and sickness policy, health and safety issues etc.

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: 1 March 2018
  • 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: Katie Walker


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

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