Taught course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

University of St Andrews · English Language Teaching Centre

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Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours degree in any discipline or significant professional or other relevant experience alongside evidence of prior alternative learning such as professional qualifications or certifications.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The distance learning Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages gives students the opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest, and study four modules which will be of relevance to their career, as part of their on-going professional development.

The TESOL distance learning PG Cert is also available to study with a specialism in one of the following areas:

  • Assessment and Evaluation (Distance Learning)
  • English for Academic Purposes (Distance Learning)
  • English Medium Instruction (Distance Learning)
  • Teaching Young Learners (Distance Learning)
  • Technology for Teaching (Distance Learning)

The Distance Learning TESOL PG Certificates are generally part-time courses studied over a period of one to two years but can, under certain circumstances be studied full-time over one semester. The courses are run by the International Education Institute. They are designed to be particularly useful to experienced English language teachers as part of their continuous professional development, as well as those considering a career in English language teaching.

All PG Cert distance learning students take four modules. If you choose to study for the PG Cert without a specialism, you choose any four modules to shape your studies and explore your own interests. If you choose to study for the PG Cert with a specialism in a particular field, you also take:

  • Action Research for Teachers
  • The relevant module for your specialism
  • Two other modules of your choice.


  • Choose any four modules which are of interest to you and beneficial to your future career.
  • The programme allows for flexible parttime studying while working.
  • Join experienced practitioners and scholars in the English language teaching community, with opportunities to be involved in ongoing professional development events and the annual English for Academic Purposes (EAP) conference.
  • Discuss theoretical concepts and frameworks in small groups and online written forums with students studying both in St Andrews and by distanced learning around the world, and apply these through a range of practical assessments.
  • Participate in an optional no credit-bearing module in Professional and Academic Literacies to support both your studies and your career development.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are a variety of funding options available for postgraduate students. For more details visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12-24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

International Education Institute
+44 (0)1334 46 2255