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.
Course Leader: Sarah Fitt
*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.
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.
The Department of English and Media is a community of more than 800 students, exploring subjects that further their understanding of culture and communication in the global age, from film studies to applied linguistics. We focus on skills and knowledge valued by employers, and provide our students with valuable industry insight through our links with creative partners.
Our students take part in many activities to help prepare them for the future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences. They even have the chance to get writing advice from our Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. 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.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
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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