Introduction to Tutoring ESOL PDA

What is special about this course?

The course provides an introduction to the core knowledge and skills required to tutor ESOL learners in a supported context.  It supports a range of practitioners who are new to the field of ESOL and/or who have no recognised TESOL/TEFL1 qualifications.    It is also relevant for teachers of other subjects who have ESOL learners in their classes and who wish to develop a broader understanding of issues related to English language development.

Entry requirements

  • Although there are no formal entry requirements for this award, it is recommended that candidates should have, or should be working towards an SCQF level 5 qualification or equivalent in Communication/English.
  • Candidates whose first language is not English should have English Language competence at SCQF level 6 across the four linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The course would allow non-native speakers of English as well as international students to acquire the knowledge and qualification to teach English as a second language within their own education system. 


It forms the first stage of an emerging Professional Development Framework for ESOL practitioners in Scotland, which recognises the need for current and prospective ESOL practitioners to have access to accredited subject-specific teaching qualifications, designed to a national standard. 

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Part time

Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date

August 2018


For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Progression to PDA in ESOL Literacties, Teaching Adults Reading, Writing and Numeracy (SCQF level 8)
  • TESOL qualifications from other awarding bodies such as Cert TESOL (Trinity College, London) and CELTA (Cambridge, ESOL).

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