Taught course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

University of Birmingham · Department of English Language and Linguistics

Entry requirements

We usually ask for a good Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, or equivalent professional experience. Consideration will be given to a Certificate in Education from a Teacher Training College (three-year course). Please provide details of any current and/or previous employment in your application; it is always helpful to include a current CV but please complete the relevant sections of the application form as well.

If you do not meet these entry requirements, you may interested in our TESOL microcredentials, TESOL: Language Teaching Methodology and TESOL: Insights into Language Teaching. On successful completion of both microcredentials, you will be awarded 20 UK Credits at Postgraduate level from the University of Birmingham that can be used as an alternative qualification for entry to our MA and PgCert TESOL distance learning programmes.

Months of entry

February, April, July, October, December

Course content

Are you interested in a career in English language teaching? Are you already an early-career teacher of English and want to advance your professional standing?

Our popular Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed for practising teachers of English as a second or foreign language who wish to continue to develop their professional knowledge and skills, in particular their knowledge of classroom methodology and materials design.
We explore different approaches to the teaching and learning of English and study the close relationship between language teaching theory and practice. The programme encourages you to use the concepts and theories that you encounter during your course of study in your own classroom.
Delivered part-time and by distance learning, the programme allows you to study alongside other commitments. You will be provided with a set of interactive course materials to complete in part-time, self-study mode over a period of 18 months.
On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, you will be eligible to proceed to the MA TESOL by Distance Learning.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    18 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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