Why study this course

Free flights to Thailand to gain international teaching experience.

Gain your free accredited professional TESOL teaching qualification (Trinity certificate) whilst studying.

Excellent opportunities to practice teaching TESOL in a variety of educational settings, across the UK and the rest of the world.

Ideal if you are looking to expand your horizons within education, beyond the traditional primary and secondary teaching routes.

Course summary

If you don’t have, or don’t think you will attain the normal tariff points for studying at BGU, this course will enable you to study for a degree without any UCAS points. The course is delivered over four years and includes a Foundation Year, which gives you a perfect introduction in what it means to be a university student, equipping you with the necessary skills and knowledge for effective undergraduate study. In addition, during your Foundation Year, you will study eight modules, all of which are designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to progress your studies in your chosen subjects.

Have you ever considered how English is used globally? Do you have a particular interest in how languages are learned and taught? Do you have ambitions to travel and teach? If so, our exciting BA in TESOL & Linguistics (teaching English to speakers of other languages) could be the ideal course for you.

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BA (Hons)

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4 years

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Bishop Grosseteste University

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About this course

This course will provide you with academic knowledge, practical skills and professional experience in preparation for a future in English language teaching and further study in the field of linguistics. It will provide the tools and resources for you to reflect upon your professional practice and conduct your own research. It is ideal for students from all academic backgrounds as there are no subject-specific entry requirements, other than GCSE English.

BA TESOL September 2020 Offers

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As part of this course, you will have the opportunity to complete the Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL). Completing this will:

  • Provide you with an internationally recognised TESOL certificate
  • Offer you a route to work in schools, colleges and other settings across the globe
  • Equip you with practical teaching skills
  • You will also receive support and feedback from expert tutors and peers, becoming part of the worldwide TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

The course is designed for aspiring teachers or individuals who wish to pursue a career in working with learners of English as an additional, second or foreign language. We will work with you to enhance and develop your understanding of the different approaches to studying languages. You will consider how languages are learnt, used and taught in multicultural communities across the globalized world.

You will study the history, structure and use of English in different social and cultural settings and will familiarise yourself with how English is taught in a variety of contexts. During the course, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of professional competence and of the theoretical implications of the practice of English Language Teaching. With an emphasis on the integration of practice and theory, you will be acquainted with approaches to and techniques of teaching the English language to speakers of other languages and develop a range of practical skills.

The course delivers best practice in teaching and learning while opening opportunities for overseas work and travel. If you study with us, you can bridge the gap between your current qualifications and the knowledge and skills required for teaching English in international or independent UK settings. It is also ideal for a future career in teaching and provides excellent preparation for gaining a place on QTS courses, including a PGCE in primary or secondary English.

*Or alternative Asian destination. Optional trip. Offer subject to successfully passing all modules at time of booking. No cash equivalent
**Included within Year 2 modules. Equivalent price for full time course delivered at BGU
***Includes PGCE application/ interview preparation and guaranteed PGCE Primary or Secondary English interview

What will you study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules

In this module you will explore and consider what it means to be a successful learner at university. You’ll explore the principles of effective learning and engage with a range of tools and techniques to practice and develop strategies for your own learning. These include for example, understanding your needs as a learner, effective time management and organisational skills.

You will learn about a range of resources and practice locating and using these resources to support effective learning. These resources will include, for example, textbooks, websites, academic journals, and popular press. In addition to these key techniques, the module covers academic conventions including referencing, citation and the risks of plagiarism.

This module will allow you to learn to utilise sources in a considered and critical way. You will begin to engage effectively with literature and other sources in a meaningful manner that promotes deep learning and enables knowledge and understanding of a topic. You will also begin to differentiate qualitative and quantitative data and consider their appropriate interpretation and use.

Critical thinking is an integral part of university study. While studying this module you will define critical thinking, its importance and how it can help you in your learning. A range of critical thinking models will be utilised to demonstrate how this works in action, allowing you to recognise critical thinking and identify barriers and challenges.

The skilled use of digital technologies is an important element in university study and is used to support both the obtaining and demonstration of knowledge. This module will develop your digital capabilities and confidence, encouraging you to develop techniques for the purposeful use of a range of digital tools to support learning. These include specific tools such as the Virtual Learning Enrivonment and appropriate and effective uses of wider applications such as social media, email and the internet.

This module explores, compares and evaluates a range of communication types, giving you opportunities to combine written and spoken communication in a range of contexts and for a range of audiences. From a theoretical, sociological perspective you will explore different communication media and styles of discourse, for example, discussion, debate, enquiry and reporting.

Reflection is a powerful learning tool that enables you to consider your existing knowledge and also to plan for your future learning and professional development. The module content includes the principles of reflective learning and collaborative planning with reference to structured models. As part of this module, you will have an opportunity to attend live delivery of an ongoing degree programme which will provide a taster of discipline-specific undergraduate study.

Academic writing is an essential element of successful university study, so this module explores a range of techniques to help develop your own academic writing style. It will enable you to draw together your learning throughout the Foundation Year and reflect on the feedback you have received. You will structure a clear and effective piece of academic writing on a subject-linked topic in which you will apply standard academic conventions.

This module introduces the fundamentals of language learning, showing how classroom practice is shaped by theoretical considerations with a focus on the general cognitive and psychological mechanisms in the language acquisition process. The different language acquisition theories will be examined and critically assessed in the light of empirical evidence.

This module will give you a better understanding of what is involved in studying linguistics, helping you to develop the linguistic skills and knowledge that you need for your future career in teaching. This is a foundation module for your studies in TESOL and Linguistics.

Have you ever tried to learn a new language? Have you ever wondered how people learn more than one language? If you are thinking of doing some language teaching as a career, then it would be useful to have an understanding of the processes that language learners go through. Through studying this module, you will develop an understanding of current views on the processes of second/foreign language use and language learning. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of language learning, and you will examine the different language acquisition theories.

When and where did English language begin to sound like an English we can recognise? When did it begin to have the form we know? Where did it all begin? The answers to these questions will be given during this module. It will engage you with the phenomenon of language change and will inform you about the history of the English Language, tracing its development from its beginnings as part of the Indo-European family of languages through to its various changes through Old, Middle and Modern English and you will examine the processes through which a standard (English) evolved.

This module will guide you through the basic methodologies of teaching English as a second or foreign language. Emphasis will be placed on the current principles, approaches and methods and their relationship to theories of general and language learning. This module will introduce you to the practice of teaching English as a foreign language.

This module explores different aspects of the relationship between language and society, focusing on themes that traditionally come under the label ‘Sociolinguistics’. In particular, the concept of ‘variation’ will be the focus of attention; the relationship between sociological characteristics (e.g. age, gender, educational level, social class), variation and change will be the main themes underlying the module.

Research Skills will be a core module intended to provide you with the tools that you need to do your own research in teaching, linguistics and education. You will get familiar with qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research designs to become an increasingly informed and productive research scholar.

This module will help you to use your theoretical knowledge of linguistic form (phonological, lexical and syntactic), function and meaning in standard English and teach it to learners. You will have the opportunity to explore one-to-one teaching and teaching methodologies and activities appropriate for beginner learners of a language.

During this module you will gain first hand experience of English language teaching in practice. It will help you design your lessons, prepare your materials and activities and reflect on them. You will have the opportunity to work with other students to design activities and whole lessons.

In this module you will have the opportunity to analyse and evaluate distinctive styles of language in different situations, spoken, written or digital. You will also explore how factors such as communicative intention, politeness and indirectness affect our use of language. You will explore how power is conveyed through language and look at the methods used to collect and study discourse data.

This module will introduce you to the basic principles of how teachers construct and present language tests. You will look at the the different purposes of tests and you will critically evaluate testing techniques that are in use in modern language teaching. You will also explore the factors that make tests valid and reliable.

This module will give you the opportunity to evaluate and design materials for language teaching use. You will develop a practical understanding of the role, principles and procedures of the design, implementation and evaluation of language teaching materials.

This is a key module if you aspire to teach English in the primary, secondary, further, higher education or the professional sectors. It aims to familiarise you with concepts such as English for Specific Purposes (ESP), English for Academic Purposes (EAP) , English for Business Purposes (EBP) and with the finer details of the National Curriculum for English Language to foster an awareness of the skills and knowledge that will be required to teach English in the compulsory education sector.

In this module you will use your creative skills and imagination to examine innovative ways in the teaching of foreign languages. You will have the opportunity to explore how to use technology, augmented and virtual reality and games as tools in language teaching.

This module intends to bring together the knowledge you will have acquired during your studies. You will demonstrate your ability to design, conduct and report the results of a research project in an area of TESOL and/or Linguistics. You will work independently, under the guidance of a supervisor, drawing upon the skills acquired during the research skills module and write a dissertation on any topic related to the modules you attended during your three years of study.

Entry requirements

Application for this course is via UCAS, although there is no formal requirement for UCAS points to access the course (normally GSCE English or equivalent is desirable). As part of your application you will have the opportunity to speak with a member of BGU Admissions staff to resolve any questions or queries you may have.

Different degree subjects may have specific entry requirements to allow you to progress from the Foundation Year. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, you will need to have met these by the time you complete the first year of this four year course.

Certificate in TESOL

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Further information

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The Foundation Year syllabus does not include any specific element of upskilling in English language and you are not entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L into a Foundation Year. International applicants are not eligible to apply for an undergraduate course with a Foundation Year.

How you will be taught

There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.

You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.

Placements are a key part of degree study at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.


During the Foundation Year, you will have opportunities to experience a range of formative and summative assessments. These include short-form writing, annotated bibliography, presentations, micro-teach, use of digital technologies, reflective journal and academic essay. Assessment strategies are designed to be supportive, build confidence and also aim to ensure you will develop the core skills required for successful study throughout your degree. Assessment strategies are balanced, comprehensive, diverse and inclusive, ensuring that you will experience a range of assessments to support your preparation for undergraduate study. All modules involve early, small and frequent informal and formal assessments, to ensure that you gain confidence in your knowledge and abilities as you progress through the Foundation Year. You will also have the opportunity for self-evaluation and reflection on your own learning progress and development of skills.

Assessment in TESOL & Linguistics is an integral part of your learning here at BGU and takes a variety of forms. Students will generally be assessed through a wide range of methods such as assessed presentations, written assignments, online discussion and ICT based tasks, teaching practice and portfolios of work. A research project in the form of the final dissertation in the third year of the course will encourage students to become research informed English language teachers who have the ability to make knowledgeable judgements about their own practice.

Careers & Further study

BGU boasts extremely high employability ratings and our BA TESOL and Linguistics course will provide you with a solid foundation in Linguistics and TESOL. With your degree you can continue your professional development in English language teaching, education, speech and language therapy, media and publishing, both in international and UK contexts. You will also have the opportunity to pursue further studies within a field of linguistics. Alongside the BA, if you wish to progress towards achieving QTS, opportunities exist to complete our pre-teaching course which can assist you with gaining a place on one of our PGCE courses.


Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.

We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.

Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.