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Course summary

Indicate point of entry as Year 3 when applying. Course overview: This one-year top-up TESOL programme develops your knowledge and understanding of English language learning and teaching theory. You also practice teaching English to speakers of other languages. You are exposed to various forms of the English language, specifically focusing on the learning and teaching of language skills and systems. There are two language modules where you learn about language skills as well as grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and functions. The TESOL module concentrates on how speakers of other languages learn and how they should be taught English. You also study a research methods module and a dissertation. You can choose your research project for your dissertation, either a more specialist English language theme, such as language and culture, English language for science and technology, business language, or language and resources for younger learners. If you meet certain criteria, on graduating you may have the opportunity to apply to study towards the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). This is a sought-after professional qualification for teachers of English as a foreign language. After the course: This programme is aimed at anyone who has a strong interest in the English language and in teaching it to speakers of other languages. There are varied work opportunities for graduates, including continuation on the Cambridge CELTA or MA in TESOL, or working abroad in a range of TESOL contexts. The University offers specific guidance and support regarding employment in this field.


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Assessment method

You are assessed in a variety of ways to demonstrate your learning and level of achievement, including: portfolio of evidence, teaching observation, critical commentary, essay, critique, group poster presentation, individual viva, research proposal, dissertation. Feedback is given throughout your studies, on formative and summative assessment tasks.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following: • Level 5 or equivalent in any subject • foundation degree in any subject • HND or equivalent in any subject • successful completion of two years in higher education, in any subject, with 120 ECTS (or equivalent). Also, for non-native speakers of English, there is an IELTS 6.0 English language entry requirement with no individual band below 5.5.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14000* Year 1
International £14000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Find out more about fees and funding if you are from the UK or Ireland here:, or if you are an international student here: If you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man contact your education authority:
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Top-up) at Teesside University, Middlesbrough - UCAS