Taught course

Bilingualism in Education

University of Birmingham · School of Education

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Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have a first degree in a related field such as education, development or policy but individuals from a range of educational and professional backgrounds are considered.

A clearly demonstrated interest in education is important and whilst some teaching experience is an advantage, it is not an essential requirement for entry. However, it is essential to have professional access to working with learners with English as an additional or second language for the duration of the programme.

Please refer to the School of Education entry requirements webpage.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Bilingualism in Education programme is aimed at teachers and educational practitioners working with multilingual children and young people in multicultural schools. You will study the programme on a part-time distance learning basis.

Delivered in partnership with The Northern Association of Support Services for Equality and Achievement (NASSEA), the programme will help you to work more effectively in your role with children and young people learning English as an additional or second language.

The programme aims to:
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of the language and learning needs of bilingual learners who are learning English as an additional language
  • Increase knowledge and practices of working across a diversity of cultures
  • Improve classroom practice in planning, implementing and evaluating the curriculum, taking into account the needs of bilingual learners
  • Enable students to develop more effective practices with bilingual learners with alleged special educational needs
  • Enable students to participate in, and evaluate interpersonal intervention with bilingual children with language learning and learning needs.

Fees and funding

UK students
£3,083 (MEd), £3,447 PT (PGCert, PGDip)
International students

A postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK provides up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas including part-time and distance learning. For more detailed information view our Postgraduate funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • MEd
    part time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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