Dip(CPD) Level 5 Diploma in Teaching English (Literacy and ESOL)

This Professional Development Diploma in Teaching English (Literacy and ESOL) is ideal if you’re teacher looking to secure a subject-specialist qualification in English, you need a relevant diploma as part of national requirements, or you’re a qualified teacher new to the post-compulsory sector (subject to qualifications, experience and confirmed teaching hours in ESOL and Literacy).

Level 5 Diploma in Teaching English (Literacy and ESOL)

Key information



Mode of Study:



36 weeks


The University of Bolton

Start date:


Course Details

Throughout this course, you’ll have the opportunity to benefit from our emphasis on integrating theory and practice in teaching English. We’ll guide and support your part-time studies, during which you’ll have the chance to enhance your knowledge of English for post-14, develop your application of teaching methods and strategies, increase your understanding of learners’ aspirations and attainments, enhance your personal subject knowledge and extend your professional competencies.

  • The skills you can gain on this course could enhance your professional practice in lesson planning, creative and innovative methods and approaches to teaching, and using new and emerging technology in the ESOL and Literacy classroom.
  • This course is designed to support progress in your teaching career, by providing you with a specialist English (ESOL/Literacy) qualification, and the chance to develop your skills and knowledge to a professional level.
Key Features
  • Course content is enhanced by input from specialist guest speakers and experienced teachers from the post-compulsory sector.
  • The ESOL and Literacy programme could develop your knowledge and understanding of the structure of the English Language.
  • You’ll get to study different ways of describing and analysing language, and to examine how these skills apply in a wider social context and in lifelong learning.
  • You’ll also examine the factors that affect students for whom English is a second language, and strategies for helping students develop their personal language skills to Level 2 and above.
Professional recognition

  • You must have a full teacher training qualification such as a Certificate in Education, PGCE or DTLLS; proven access to 75 hours' relevant specialist teaching practice in a recognised institution; and evidence of level 3 personal and process skills in English and literacy.
  • If you don’t have the required English qualifications, then the University has a pre-course task book and assessment that will enable you to show evidence of your English and literacy skills at level 3 and which may be accepted as meeting the entry requirements.
  • You’ll be required to attend an informal interview as part of the application process.
  • This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
  • You'll need to provide satisfactory references, a satisfactory health declaration and a satisfactory student agreement prior to enrolment on the course.
  • If English isn't your first language you'll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent).

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at admissions@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

The Level 5 Diploma in Teaching English (ESOL/Literacy) is for existing teachers who want to achieve a subject specialist qualification in English or need to gain the diploma as part of national requirements.

Skills gained on this course are designed to enhance professional practice in the following areas: lesson planning skills, creative and innovative methods and approaches and the use of new emerging technology in the ESOL and Literacy classroom.

What can I do with this qualification?

This course aims to help you to progress in your teaching career by providing you with a specialist English (ESOL/Literacy) qualification, developing your skills and knowledge to a professional level.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or post graduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Higher education
  • Education officer
  • Mentoring
  • Family liaison
  • Educational psychology
  • Education administration
  • Student services advice
  • Student liaison
  • Educational writing and journalism
  • Examinations
  • Counselling
  • Careers guidance
  • Training
  • Quality Standards

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £1,800 for the academic year 2020/21.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.


Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

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The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!

You’ll benefit from a variety of teaching and learning approaches throughout the programme. These are designed to help you acquire and develop the appropriate knowledge, understanding, skills and competences more easily and effectively – and achieve the expected learning outcomes.

There will be formal timetabled classes, small-group sessions, and structured exercises and discussions. You’ll also receive individual support through tutorials, and have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you’ll find a range of online resources relating directly to your studies, and a forum where you can discuss your work and enjoy peer and tutor support.

We expect you to dedicate significant time to independent, self-directed study, such as background reading and preparing for practical sessions and assessments. Of course, we’re happy to help you find the independent learning strategies that best support your success on this programme.

Assessments are both formative and summative. You’ll enjoy formative assessments and feedback throughout the programme in tutorials and via observed teaching sessions, and also on aspects of your coursework. Formative assessments don’t contribute to module marks or final grades, but are designed to help you find the most effective ways to succeed in the summative assessments that determine your ultimate qualification. With this in mind, we’ll guide and direct you to areas of research and appropriate background reading that relate to assignments. The rest is up to you!


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Literacy, ESOL and the Learner
  • Literacy and ESOL Learning and Teaching
  • Literacy and ESOL Theories and Frameworks
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 80%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Sarah Telfer
Programme Leader


+44 (0)1204 903304

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton


+44 (0)1204 903903


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