Improve your understanding of one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world and learn to teach it effectively to others. Prepare for a career that allows you to travel the globe.
If you want to travel and work all over the world, learning to teach English is a great way to do it. English language teachers are needed more than ever before and many employers across the globe demand a high standard of English from their employees.
Our BA (Hons) English Language and English Language Teaching will not only help you meet the UK Government's teacher-training requirement, which allows you to work in further, adult and community education across England and Wales - it will also allow you to take the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), accepted world-wide by employers of English language teachers.*
Language isn’t just about how we talk. It’s at the very heart of how we have evolved as human beings. You'll follow the development and change of the English Language, exploring the nature and use of language and their connection to issues such as analysing data and gender, giving you a modern context for your learning that you can take into many other careers.
Our optional modules will allow you to investigate areas such as newspaper and advertising language or political rhetoric and, at the end of the course, you'll research and complete a Major Project of your own, allowing you to prepare specifically for the career you want to follow.
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*At the end of your first year of your degree course, you can choose to apply to study the CELTA qualification alongside your BA (Hons). You will undergo an interview and additional assessment to show your suitability for the CELTA course, which will focus on your linguistic awareness and your ability to convey language-related information effectively. This will ensure you meet the entry requirements for the CELTA qualification, which are different from the course entry requirements.
You must complete the entire syllabus for the Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) - both methodology and teaching practice modules - in one year. You’ll take part in supervised lesson planning, observation and assessed teaching practice, with feedback from experienced CELTA tutors. Having successfully completed all elements and assessments for the CELTA, you will be awarded the CELTA qualification.
You can also complete the degree course without completing the CELTA qualification.
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If you graduate with both the BA (Hons) and the CELTA qualification, you’ll be perfectly placed to work as an English language teacher all over the world.
But this course does not limit you to a career in teaching. Many of our past graduates now work in different professions, including the media, import-export, travel and tourism, computing, business and non-teaching roles within the language industry.
Or you might decide to continue on to a Masters course, such as our:
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll show your progress on the course through a combination of assessment methods, including unseen examinations, in-class assessments, essays, portfolios, and assessed presentations. Most of our modules also include practical elements or exercises such as non-assessed discussions, presentations and language laboratory work.
If you take the CELTA component, your teaching practice assessment will be based on classroom-related written assignments and the continuous assessment of your lesson plans and teaching.
At the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we believe in thinking critically about the past, present and future to challenge perceptions and better understand communities and people.
With expertise from gender issues to literary analysis to exploring how the past has shaped our modern world, all our staff members are active researchers. This is reflected in our teaching, allowing us to support our students with the latest theories and practices, as well as essential employability advice.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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