Taught course

Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP)

University of Leicester · School of Education

Entry requirements

This course is aimed at teachers and other professionals working in the TESOL field. You should have:

  • At least a second-class honours degree (or its equivalent from a non-UK university; GPA 3.0 or above), preferably in English language, linguistics or education
  • Plus: a recognised qualification in teaching English as a foreign language
  • Plus: at least one year’s full-time equivalent teaching experience
  • Plus: two references that validate your qualifications and work experience

We will also consider serving teachers if you have equivalent qualifications or qualified teacher status and significant experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP) will provide you with the core competencies required for the design and delivery of effective teaching programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), while furthering your knowledge across the range of key concepts and issues related to teaching EAP.

This course will develop the knowledge and skills required of you as an expert EAP practitioner. The modules you will study relate to - and are closely informed by - the competency framework set out by BALEAP, the leading professional organisation for EAP in the UK.

The course will provide you with:

  • Enhanced employment prospects in the field through gaining a specialist postgraduate qualification and developing the knowledge and skills required of an expert EAP practitioner.
  • Knowledge of academic practice, academic contexts, disciplinary practice, academic discourse, personal learning, development and autonomy.
  • Understanding of EAP students' needs, student critical thinking and student autonomy.
  • Skill in syllabus and programme development, text processing and text production, as well as in programme implementation and assessment practices.
  • The ability to manage, reflect and enhance your own learning.
  • Opportunities to extend your range of transferable skills, including your study and research skills.

This course is a unique platform for developing your experience and knowledge of TEAP because it combines the knowledge and experience of Education at Leicester in delivering distance learning courses with the skills of staff from our English Language Teaching Unit, who are active practitioners in teaching EAP.

Studying by supported distance learning allows you to choose when and where you study, meaning you do not have to take a career break. We pride ourselves on the level of support we provide our distance learning students. Our award-winning library has world class facilities for distance learning students. You will have full access to our other support services and will be assigned a personal tutor. Out virtual learning environment Blackboard offers a wide range of study support material, and you will have the opportunity to join an interactive web-based community of fellow students around the world.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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    part time
    9 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    9 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)116 252 2903