Online Course

Supporting the learning of pupils with English as an additional language in multicultural settings

A fully interactive, university accredited and tutored online course

When a day course is just not enough to get you fully on top of the situation…

When you can’t take time out of school to train …

When you really need a more in-depth understanding to work with your English as an Additional Language learners…

Then it’s time to enrol in our online course – Supporting the learning of  pupils with English as an additional language in multicultural settings


This is a part-time course lasting six months, requiring approximately 100 hours of study. Much of the learning can be done as part of your normal weekly workload.  On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate accredited by the University of Greenwich.

*Please be aware that we are currently adjusting the assessment tasks to ensure that they can all be done by teachers who may not currently have pupils to teach.*

Each unit consists of short reading or viewing tasks. You respond via an online forum where you can engage with other course candidates and your unit tutor. You will also complete three written assessments of between 600 and 1200 words. These assessments are in response to materials read and/or small-scale action research in the educational setting where you work.

Your choice of focus and units enables you to tailor the course to suit your interests and the needs of your school.

Course aims:

  • Raise awareness of the practical and theoretical issues surrounding the achievement of ethnic minority pupils including pupils with English as an additional language, both those new to English and more advanced learners.

On successful completion of this course a participant will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the key issues in the national and international debates around the achievement and assessment of pupils learning English as an additional language
  • consider, plan and evaluate effective support for the learning and language development of beginner and advanced learners of English as an additional language
  • demonstrate an understanding of the factors that are likely to affect the emotional, social and academic development of newly arrived pupils in the country and in UK schools.

On achieving this you will receive a certificate of completion accredited by the University of Greenwich. The quality, experience and reputation of our trainers make these courses highly regarded throughout the education community both within the UK and abroad.

Course structure

Complete 4 compulsory units:

  1. EAL beginners in the classroom
  2. Advanced EAL learners
  3. Assessment and tracking
  4. Data: the big picture

Select 2 further units:

  • EAL and SEND
  • EAL in an international school context
  • EAL in the Welsh context
  • Early years and diversity
  • Gender and ethnicity
  • Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils
  • Ofsted and the legal context
  • Parents and the community
  • Plurilingualism
  • Refugees and new arrivals

Applying for the course

Our next cohort will begin on 15 June 2022. Our accredited online EAL course costs £825 (excluding UK VAT*).

Who can apply?

The course is open to anyone working in education, in all key stages, in mainstream and special schools, and specialist settings. It is suitable for both teachers and non-teaching staff (such as teaching assistants, community workers and learning mentors) who are interested in working with pupils and their families.

How do I apply?

To apply for this course, please email to request an application form.

Non-graduate applicants should complete the application form and provide a supporting paragraph detailing their experience in education, reasons for pursuing the course and outline of current role.


 *UK VAT is only payable if your billing address is in the UK

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What our clients say:

Anna Reeves

I have thoroughly enjoyed the unit and the course as a whole.

Anna Reeves
Zurich International School

Christina Dack

The structure has worked really well for me, helping me to manage my time around work. The communication from the tutors has also been great.

Christina Dack
Lynn Grove High School, Norfolk

Endarah Ramachandran

It is definitely a go to course for anyone who would like to have an in-depth understanding of what EAL learners are.

Endarah Ramachandran
The International School @ Park City, Kuala Lumpur

Souad Aissa

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It made me reflect on my daily practice with EAL pupils and students. The studies enriched my knowledge and give me new insight on how to carefully use the information provided by parents.

Souad Aissa
Ethnic Minority Achievement Team, Middlesbrough Council