Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

BA (Hons) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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This information is for 2019 entry - to see the information for 2018 entry please go to the 2018 programme page

This degree provides future educators and teaching professionals the knowledge and practical skills necessary for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Throughout the course you will gain an in-depth and practical understanding of the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). You will develop the skills needed to explain and describe language and you will consider the practicalities of teaching, so you can develop effective lesson planning and classroom management techniques. The programme is organised around four key themes: language description, language teaching, language learning, and an experiential theme.

In addition to studying modules which link to these overarching themes, you will also gain first-hand experience in a language classroom whilst supporting English language teachers, allowing you to apply the knowledge gained throughout the programme.

By the end of the programme you will be equipped to pursue a career in English language teaching, primary teaching, or academia.

In the first year you will take a foreign language or study academic English allowing you to experience first-hand how a second language is learned. You will gain practical experience in a language classroom whilst supporting English language teachers, and will study core modules related to the overarching themes.

In years two and three you will enhance your knowledge of each of these key themes, whilst also building on your classroom experience in new learning contexts. You will learn how to describe language and will have the choice of a variety of optional modules including inclusive education and supporting learning in children with additional needs.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Study in Education 5 credits
  • Second Language Acquisition and Learning 20 credits
  • Language, Learners and Society 20 credits
  • Supporting English Language Teaching and Learning 20 credits
  • English Language Description for TESOL 20 credits

Optional modules

  • English for Communication 20 credits

Discovery modules

  • You will be required to study 20-40 credits of discovery modules credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • English for Professional Purposes 20 credits
  • The Practice of English Language Teaching 20 credits
  • Research Methods for TESOL 20 credits
  • Students into Education 1 20 credits

Optional modules

  • International Perspectives of Pedagogy and Practice 20 credits
  • Inclusive Education 20 credits
  • Literacies and Learning 20 credits
  • English for Academic Study 20 credits
  • Research Placement 20 credits

Discovery modules

  • You will be required to study 20 credits of discovery modules credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Final Year Project 40 credits
  • Students into Education 2 20 credits

Optional modules

  • Globalisation, Identity and English Language Education 20 credits
  • Language Learning Technology and Materials 20 credits
  • Supporting Learning in Children with Additional Needs 20 credits
  • Children, Families and Cultural Diversity: Philosophical Perspectives 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including lectures supported by workshops and tutorials that allow you to focus on and discuss topics in greater depth. You’ll also learn through fieldwork, and use a wide range of online learning resources and discussions to develop and express your ideas.

Independent study is also an important part of this degree, allowing you to improve your critical thinking and research skills, develop your own interests and prepare for assessments.


Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you choose. They are likely to include reports, poster and/or verbal presentations, media projects, fieldwork reports, group work, literature reviews and research, essays and the design of a science event.

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB

In general we expect applicants to have two ‘traditional’ academic subjects at A-level. See our Accepted A-level subjects document to see which subjects we accept.

When an applicant is taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) this can be considered alongside A Levels and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

Applicants are required to have satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (or equivalent). Students accepted onto the programme are also required to adhere to the University Disciplinary Regulations during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme. For further information, see: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/secretariat/documents/gudr_current.pdf

Alternate Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Complete 60 credits with 45 credits at level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or higher.



Cambridge Pre-U

D3, M1, M1.

International Baccalaureate

34 overall (6,5,5 higher)

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)


Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAABB overall (BB at advanced level)

Alternative entry

Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

How to apply

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Education Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Career opportunities

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages BA course provides a strong foundation from which to pursue careers in English language teaching, or a career relating to primary teaching, education and life-long language learning.

Graduates will also be well-equipped to progress onto postgraduate study in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or a related discipline.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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