Advanced Certificate in Teaching Adult Literacy and Communication

The Level 5 Certificate in Teaching Adult Literacy and Communication is designed for current teachers who wish to study to gain a nationally recognised specialist qualification. If you already hold a teaching qualification such as a Primary PGCE, Secondary PGCE or PcET, PGCE or Cert Ed, this teaching certificate is for you.

You will be challenged to look at your teaching practice afresh and develop new insights and approaches to your teaching. You will be guided and supported by our specialist teacher educators, all of whom are experienced teachers in their field, enthusiastic about their subject, and committed to enhancing your experience and professional development. You will also be encouraged to learn from others in the group, share good practice, and develop links with teachers from other organisations.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C

You study in a subject specialist cohort with opportunities to share good practice and professional experience with others in the group.

You will deepen your understanding of literacy and communication as a subject area. This will include knowledge of key questions, theories and concepts, as well as the development of your own personal skills in the subject area.

Through assignments such as individual student case studies, presentations and seminars, teaching practice and reflections on theory and practice, you will extend your own practice and deepen your understanding of learning and teaching of literacy.

We will consider how the theories of learning and assessment can be applied to the teaching of literacy. You will be encouraged to analyse and critique policies and practices relating to the teaching of literacy and to develop your own considered approach to teaching.


Methods include presentations, micro-teaching, case studies, seminars, teaching practice observations, and critical evaluations of your own practice.

Throughout the Advanced Certificate in Teaching Adult Literacy and Communication course you will share ideas about learning and teaching, and form new professional networks and friendships. Our dedicated teaching staff will support you in developing your own confidence, and understanding of your subject.


Assessment is closely connected to your teaching and professional development. There are no formal written exams.


The University campus, based on Newport’s riverfront, provides an exciting opportunity to experience Higher Education with its extensive range of resources, modern facilities, library and student support.


  • A teaching qualification (generic post-16 Cert Ed/PGCE or equivalent, or a primary or secondary teaching qualification)
  • You must be teaching groups of post-16 learners a minimum of 3 hours per week in your chosen specialist subject from the start and throughout the course (teaching needs to be at a minimum of two core curriculum levels, eg, entry level and Level 1)
  • Your teaching must take place in an approved environment (normally further education, adult education, voluntary sector or publicly funded training provider) and references from your employer are requested
  • Where English is not a first language applicants are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English Language at IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent
  • Health declaration, enhanced DBS check required as appropriate
  • An interview is required for this course

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

It is expected that the specialist certificate will increasingly become a requirement in the sector. Furthermore, evidence from past years show that completion of such courses enhances the career and employment potential of course members. The School’s MA programme offers specialist routes for further, advanced study including the MA TESOL.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.