Taught course

TESOL - Distance Learning (PG Cert)

University of St Andrews · English Language Teaching Centre

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 TESOL PG Certificates are part-time courses studied over a period of one to five years. They 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.


  • The programme, with two start dates (January and September), allows for flexible part-time study while working, but also provides plenty of opportunities for you to interact with both on-campus and other distance learning students.
  • Focus your studies in your particular area of interest and gain a better theoretical and practical understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing practitioners in the field.
  • 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.
  • Integrate theory and practice – discuss theoretical concepts and frameworks via online forums and webinars, and apply these through practical assessments and peer teaching sessions.

Teaching format

You will take four distance learning modules over the length of the programme, which are delivered in a variety of ways such as:

  • recorded lectures
  • recorded mini-lectures
  • online chatrooms
  • podcasts
  • guided writing
  • webinars
  • intensive feedback sessions on your work.

In these distance learning modules, you will integrate theory and practice by discussing and critiquing theoretical concepts and frameworks, and then apply them through a range of practical assessments. Assessments may include:

  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • the development of teaching plans
  • group work with students resident in other parts of the world.


The distance learning modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see our website; some elements may be subject to change for 2019-2020 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    Students on a PG Certificate Distance Learning can complete their studies part-time in a minimum of two semesters and a maximum of four semesters.

Course contact details

International Education Institute
+44 (0)1334 46 2255