Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL)
Duration & study mode
1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time
Education & Social Sciences
Course starting dates
As a result of the UK leaving the European Union the automatic recognition of UK teaching qualifications in the EEA will no longer apply for qualifications obtained after 31 December 2020. This means that UK nationals wishing to teach in the EEA and EEA citizens with a UK teaching qualifications will require to have their qualification recognised in the EEA country in which they intend to work. The rules and process for this recognition of third country qualifications/third-country nationals will vary and any student interested in working in the EEA after qualifying should check the relevant requirements in each member state
This programme will equip you with relevant, practical teaching skills as well as developing English language awareness, global citizenship skills, and a wider awareness of issues related to English language, learning and teaching.
You will be supported, throughout, in considering the role of language in a global context and the associated benefits for citizens, nationally and internationally, as developing linguists; that is, how to enhance both your own prospects and those of your prospective students in a global context.
The course is offered on a full-time or part-time basis and is aimed at those who work, or intend to work, as TESOL professionals - teaching English at home or abroad.
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
You should hold an Undergraduate degree and either be a practising teacher of TESOL or intend to enter the profession.
Exceptions may be made if you can demonstrate significant relevant experience together with recent academic study.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.
For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:
* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019).
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
Our course is offered on a full-time basis to home and international students at Paisley Campus. It is also available on a part-time basis if you are a home student, with some attendance at Paisley Campus. It is ideal if you intend to work, or intend to work, as a TESOL professional, teaching English at home or abroad.
While on our MEd TESOL course you will study six modules and a dissertation.
Core modules are:
You will also complete two optional modules, to be selected from the following list:
Following this you will complete a dissertation, the title of which is to be agreed with the Course Leader.
Students who complete only part of the master's programme can still attain qualifications. Successful completion of two core modules plus an option module allows you to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in TESOL, while completion of 4 core modules plus 2 option modules leads to a Postgraduate Diploma in TESOL.
You will be taught by a combination of direct, face-to-face teaching and online input through our Virtual Learning Environment. Face-to-face teaching may be classroom-based or online, in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
Formative and summative assessments will be used including:
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which is studied as an 'extra' module and doesn’t count towards your degree. These modules cover multiple languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. The cost of your language module is not included in the tuition fees (£100 for 20 credit module and £50 for 10 credit module). Find out more
This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which is studied as an 'extra' module and doesn’t count towards your degree. These modules cover multiple languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. The cost of your language module is not included in the tuition fees (£100 for 20 credit module and £50 for 10 credit module).
For those with no previous experience in TESOL, this qualification increases employment opportunities in a wide range of TESOL contexts all over the world. Many of our TESOL graduates are able to find work as English language teachers, and put the knowledge and skills gained on the MEd to good practical use in this way.
For those who already have practical teaching experience, the theories and concepts presented on this course provide a deeper understanding of some key issues shaping the TESOL profession, allowing them to progress their careers in areas such as TESOL management, teacher education, and further academic study e.g. at doctoral level.
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An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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