If your career involves educating other people and you’d like to improve your professional expertise or progress into a more senior role, our online Postgraduate Certificate in Education (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is designed to help you.

The Education (English for Speakers of Other Languages) pathway is designed to meet the interests of both novice and experienced teachers of:

◾English as a Second Language (ESL)

◾English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

◾those teaching international students and immigrant groups within Community, FE and HE (ESOL/ EAP/EGAP)

◾those involved in teaching non-native speakers of English within the private and state school sectors and work based contexts (EFL/EAL/ESOL/ESP).

It provides students with a strong theoretical and practical foundation, touching on such areas as applied linguistics, language acquisition, ESL/EFL classroom methods, testing, cross-cultural considerations and English as a Global Language.

Our modules will encourage you to consider ways of understanding language learning processes, and expand your awareness of the approaches and principles, models and pedagogies, alongside policies that support or influence successful English Language Teaching (ELT) across a range of local, national and international contexts.

Study Details:

PG Cert; 1 year part time online

Module Details:

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate Education (English for Speakers of Other Languages) you will need to complete a total of 60 credits by studying the three core 20 credit modules below:

(NB: Pathways and modules run subject to scheduling and student numbers)


Masterly Academic Practices

Language Learning: Theory and Practice
Principles of English Language Teaching

Student Destinations

This course can open doors for you in your career. It might make your CV stand out enough to get you an interview for that more senior role you’ve been looking for, or just give you the confidence to apply for positions you normally wouldn’t have considered.

Previous students have also said that they have performed better at work as a result of this course – bringing greater recognition and respect from peers.

To give you an idea of the range of careers this course relates to, some of our graduates have gone on to become advanced skills teachers, nursery managers, assistant head teachers, disability coordinators within universities and national trainers for charitable organisations.


UK/EU: £2,325 INT: £2,550

Entry Requirements

You will usually need to have either:
◾a good undergraduate degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent level 6 qualification (Equivalent overseas qualifications which will be verified by NARIC)
◾be currently working within the education arena.

◾Level 5 teaching qualification plus evidence of five years’ teaching experience within an institution may be considered
◾be currently working within the education arena.

You will be asked to provide a CV/Resume detailing your academic and work experience.

English language qualifications

You will normally need one of the following English Language qualifications:
◾GCE O level English Language: Grade C
◾GCSE English: Grade C

If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:
◾IELTS 6.0
◾TOEFL 550 (paper based) 213 (computer based) or 80 (internet based)
◾Pearson Test of Academic English: 51
◾Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
◾London Tests of English: we accept level 5 for postgraduate courses
◾International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
◾International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C.

Other English Language qualifications may be accepted and you should provide full details of these with your application.

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