Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Modern Languages

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Modern Languages BA (Hons)

Whether you are a beginner or you have an A Level in your chosen language, you'll find the combination of a foreign language and teaching English a stimulating and career-enhancing degree option. You'll also gain classroom teaching experience and have the opportunity to achieve an academic and internationally recognised professional qualification. The course develops confidence, organisational, analytical and people skills along with cultural awareness and aims to consolidate and strengthen your existing knowledge of grammar and expression. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years or four years including year abroad

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:

    Various - more information; Short form: BA/TESML

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Asian Studies at UCLan is 2nd in the North West and in the UK top 10 for teaching quality - National Student Survey 2019.
  • You can choose to spend a period abroad on a work or study placement or as an English language assistant.
  • You will have access to our state-of-the-art learning centre, with interactive video, satellite television, computers, and other self-study audio and video materials.
  • Our Worldwise Learning Centre offers advice and support for the study of world languages, cultures, travelling, and working or studying abroad.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Modern foreign language study
  • Teaching methodology
  • English language system
  • Peer teaching
  • Class observations

Start the optional professional route: Trinity Cert TESOL

Year 2

  • Modern foreign language study
  • Teaching methodology
  • English language system
  • Teaching Practice
  • Specialist option modules available

Complete the optional professional route: Trinity Cert TESOL before going abroad.

Year 3/4

  • Modern foreign language study
  • Teaching methodology
  • Teaching Practice
  • Specialist option modules available
  • Dissertation

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

TESOL with a modern language:

Our typical offer is 104 - 112 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction - Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 7.0 with no score lower than 6.5
4 GCSE's at C/4 including Maths and English at B/5 and Foreign language at C/4 (or good Personal Statement)

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

You'll develop fluency in your chosen language and gain a thorough understanding of the wider social, cultural and political context of the regions where the language is spoken. Your skills and knowledge are complemented in TESOL with the analysis of English language, further work on oral and written communication and study of theories, approaches and methodologies related to teaching and learning English.

The languages available and their entry routes are as follows:

  • Chinese (ab-initio route only);
  • French (post A level only);
  • German (post A level only);
  • Japanese (ab-initio or post A level route);
  • Korean (ab initio);
  • Russian  (ab-initio or post A level route);
  • Spanish (ab-initio or post A level route)

* Available from September 2017

Within the compulsory modules which increase in breadth and depth over your degree you will cover:


  • Methods and Approaches to Language Teaching
  • Teaching Practice (based on-campus)
  • Teaching Skills and Techniques;
  • Language Learning Theories
  • Language Awareness and Analysis for Teaching Purposes
  • Course Design and Implementation
  • Applying for jobs, interview techniques, and managing your career

Language students

Language student with school group

Language students at UCLan

Main Language:

Core language modules to improve the 4 key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in the language; grammar and vocabulary Culture, history and the socio-political background; Literature, Cinema, Translation or business-related modules.

A year abroad in the country of your main language (joint and major students only) is encouraged. This is usually spent studying at a partner institution, on a work placement or working as a teaching assistant.

You can also choose one other language as an option via the electives programme (available in 2012 - Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian*, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu).

You will have the opportunity of studying for the internationally recognised and respected Trinity CertTESOL. Read more about it. Students taking this optional professional-accredited route are qualified to teach at the end of Year 2 (at the end of Year 3 if via foundation entry)

The blend of teaching practice, academic study, language learning and the opportunity to gain the Trinity CertTESOL provides a rich experience, as well as a cost-efficient and highly marketable CV. If you already hold a Cambridge CELTA, Trinity CertTESOL or equivalent, but not a degree, or if you have lived in the country of your target language, you may be exempted from some of the modules. Please contact us for further advice.

"I found my degree both interesting and challenging which meant that, even though I had to spend a lot of my time at the university library, I actually enjoyed it. As it turned out, trying my hardest paid off as I was awarded a first class degree and received a scholarship which allows me to continue my studies and actually contribute to the world of TESOL."

Patrycja Golebiewska


The course team includes researchers and practitioners with experience and expertise in teaching in the UK and internationally:

Jane Cleary BA (Hons), MA, DTEFLA, FHEA) is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the BA(Hons) TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programme. Jane has worked in Hungary, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Spain and the UK.

Nicola Halenko BA (Hons), CELTA, PGCE, NQF Level 4 ESOL, MA, FHEA) is a Senior Lecturer in TESOL and ELT. She has previously worked in Japan, Austria and Germany.

Josephine Leonard MA,PGDip, FHEA is a Lecturer in ELT. She is mainly involved in BA TESOL modules and is Course Leader for the International Foundation Programme.

Dr Tania Horák BA (Hons), MA, PhD, HEA Fellow) is a Lecturer in EAP/Study skills and TESOL. She has previously taught English as a Foreign Language in Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Bangladesh and also Lithuania.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Features of your course environment includes: teaching practice with genuine language learners from all over the world. A research active environment with direct relevance and impact. Rosetta Stone language learning courses complement studies and a year abroad.

The course includes a variety of assessment developing the knowledge and skills required to compete in the workplace: essays; portfolios; teaching journals; observing experienced and qualified practitioners at work; timed tests; live teaching practice; presentations; case studies; material and language test development.

Facilities include: Worldwise Learning Centre with international TV channels and open plan self-study areas; modern classrooms and language learning resources Digital Conference; and Interpreting and Translation Suites.

Worldwise Learning Centre

Conference Interpreting Suite and other facilities


Graduates of the course have followed careers in teaching, education management, publishing, the civil service, translating and interpreting while others have followed further postgraduate studies. Many of our graduates are now working abroad.

You can choose to spend your period abroad on a work or study placement or as an English language assistant. Additionally, our Worldwise Learning Centre offers five-day work experience placements and short-term internships for graduates and final year students.

You may be interested to progress onto the following Masters programmes: MA TESOL with Applied Linguistics and MA Interpreting and Translation.

We also offer a number of places to students who wish to pursue research degrees (MA by Research/MPhil/PhD). For more information, please visit Research.

"I’ve met some amazing friends along my UCLan journey, including my year abroad friends. It really is insane that if I hadn’t decided to go to university when I did, I would have never met any of the amazing people that I have in my life now."

Peter Duboi, TESOL with Japanese

The key information statistics for the various pathways on the BA (Hons) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Modern Languages course are listed below. These will open in a new browser window.

TESOL and Chinese - X1T1, Short form: BA/TanC
TESOL and French - X1R1, Short form: BA/TanF
TESOL and German - X1R2, Short form: BA/TanG
TESOL and Japanese - X1T2, Short form: BA/TanJ
TESOL and Korean - X1T4, Short form: BA/TaK
TESOL and Russian - X1R7, Short form: BA/TanR
TESOL and Spanish - X1R4, Short form: BA/TanS

Industry Links

We have close links with employers in the region and overseas:


Professional Accreditation

The award includes the internationally recognised certificate in teaching (Trinity Cert TESOL) awarded by Trinity College London- professional degree route.

The course is accredited by Trinity College and if you gain the Trinity Cert TESOL at the end of Year 2 or at the end of Year 3 if via foundation entry, you are already an initially qualified teacher and can apply for jobs during the vacations, on your year abroad and when you graduate.

We offer the following two optional professional qualifications within the course:

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.