Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

BA (Hons) English, Language and Education

This course gives you an in-depth and practical understanding of language learning and teaching, including teaching English as a Second or Other Language.

You’ll gain a working knowledge of the English language and the way in which people learn it, as well as the role of English in a multilingual world. There is a focus on methods and approaches to language teaching: you’ll learn to plan teaching and learning and manage a classroom, and have the option to gain a recognised English language teaching qualification.

You’ll investigate how people learn new languages and take a foreign language yourself, gaining first-hand experience to inform your professional practice; if English is not your first language, you’ll enhance your skills so you’re prepared to teach from beginner level.

Combining English, foreign languages and education under the guidance of expert researchers in each field, this exciting degree will equip you for a variety of careers related to language learning and teaching.


The course gives you the option to take an intensive course leading to the CELTA award – an internationally recognised qualification allowing you to teach English to speakers of other languages anywhere in the world. It’s an entry qualification to the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) profession.

A fee will apply if you choose this option – see Additional costs below.

From the start of the course you’ll find out more about the relationship between language, learners and society and how this has been understood over time, as well as the growth of English and its impact on social and educational opportunity worldwide.

You’ll examine the role that schools and governments can have in promoting or inhibiting multilingualism in young people. Your choice from a range of optional modules will also allow you to gain specialised knowledge in areas such as play and child development; you’ll need to pass one of these to complete the year.

Native English speakers will also take a foreign language, while non-native speakers will develop their skills in English so that their own language learning experiences can inform their studies, and eventually their professional practice.

Year 2 builds on this foundation by teaching you to describe elements of language, such as grammar and pronunciation, as well as examining different teaching and learning techniques and exploring methods and techniques in educational research. International students will develop their English language skills to prepare them to teach the subject.

If you want to continue learning a language, you can do this through your choice of discovery module (see below), but this isn’t compulsory and you can choose from the full range of discovery modules on offer. An additional two optional modules will allow you to broaden your studies to topics such as psychological approaches to learning or inclusive education.

In your final year, you’ll use your foreign language study to gain a new insight into the language learning process, relating your own experiences to the theoretical models of language learning studied throughout the degree. You’ll also apply your knowledge and skills to an independently researched project on a related topic of your choice. Optional modules allow you to focus on more advanced topics such as developmental disorders or the relationship between globalisation and English language learning.

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

  • Education in a Multilingual World 20 credits
  • Second Language Acquisition and Learning 20 credits
  • Language, Learners and Society 20 credits

Optional modules

  • Children, Young People, Families and the State 20 credits
  • What is a Child: Child Development and Learning 20 credits
  • What is a Child: Social Construction of Childhood 20 credits
  • Play and Learning 20 credits
  • Building a Career from Education Studies 20 credits
  • English for Communication 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • The Practice of English Language Teaching 20 credits
  • Language Description for Education 20 credits
  • Approaches to Research: Theory and Practice 20 credits

Optional modules

  • International Perspectives of Pedagogy and Practice 20 credits
  • Psychological Approaches to Understanding and Supporting Children's Learning 20 credits
  • Inclusive Education 20 credits
  • Literacies and Learning 20 credits
  • English for Academic Study 20 credits
  • Research Placement 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Final Year Project 40 credits
  • Analysing Language Learning 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 English, Language and Education BA in programme 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 seminars that allow you to focus on and discuss topics in greater depth. 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 presentations, extended essays and project work based on reports and case studies.

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB not including General Studies or Critical Thinking.

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.

GCSE: grade C or above in English Language, or an equivalent qualification, or an appropriate English language qualification.

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 above.



Cambridge Pre-U


International Baccalaureate

34 overall (5,5,5 higher).

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)


Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAABB overall (BB at advanced level).

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.

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.


We accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Education undergraduate admissions team.

International foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

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.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

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: See fees section below

International: £15,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250, subject to parliamentary approval of changes to higher education funding. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the 2017 fee in late 2016. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course, as permitted by law. Although the basis of future fee increases is not guaranteed, we expect the government to allow fees to increase in line with inflation. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the governments forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

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

If you choose to complete the CELTA qualification, you will need to pay an additional fee of £1,250 for the course as it is run by an external provider. The School of English provides a bursary of 10% (£125) to students who take the course at Action English.

Find out more about taking CELTA at Action English Language Teaching

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

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Career opportunities

This degree will equip you with in-depth subject knowledge that will serve you well in careers relating to teaching, education and language learning. You’ll also gain research, communication, analytical and critical skills that are valuable for a wide range of careers in industry, commerce, the media and research.

If you decide to apply for primary teacher training after you graduate, we can help with your application and help you to organise a suitable placement. You may also want to consider study abroad or youth volunteering projects to strengthen your application.

If you complete the CELTA course during your degree you’ll be qualified to teach English to speakers of other languages anywhere in the world. We also offer postgraduate programmes in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Depending on your career plans you may decide to pursue postgraduate study – this degree provides a solid foundation for studies in linguistics, English and modern languages.

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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