English as a Second Language
Duration & study mode
1-2 years full-time, part-time
Course starting dates
The BA English as a Second Language course is designed for EU/international students who wish to become proficient in English.
In the global context, fluent spoken and written English is increasingly valued and this course will provide you with English language skills to open up a range of career opportunities with organisations around the world.
You will study English language in small groups, refining and expanding your knowledge and understanding of the language and its cultures, and focusing on authentic language development.
Work placement opportunities available through the School of Education allow students to put theory into practice in real-world business environments.
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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 Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
This course is only open to non-native speakers of English.
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)
Equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
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 score as follows:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
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:
In today’s global context, fluency in English language is increasingly valued and this course will equip you with the skills that will enhance your appeal to international employers.
Graduates will be able to use English as a global language in the world of education or business, and to establish personal and professional networks.
This one or two-year course offers entry at degree year level, building on your studies from your home institution. You will study English language and culture modules, choosing from various related subjects to increase your fluency and confidence in English and your knowledge of English-speaking culture.
Over two trimesters, you will further refine your study of English language and learn about English-speaking culture.
Advanced English Language 1, Cultures of the English-speaking World 1 and one option module.
Advanced English Language 2, Cultures of the English-speaking World 2 and one option module
You will study English Proficiency 1, Dissertation 1 and one option module.
You will study English Proficiency 2, Dissertation 2 and one option module.
Option modules include: Academic Writing, Analysing Discourse, Meaning and Language, Business English, Theory and Practice of English Language Teaching, or any other appropriate University module.
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 can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
Fluency in English will widen your opportunities for employment with international businesses. This course demonstrates to employers that you possess a high standard of fluency. It will complement your other employability skills and present opportunities for you to work globally, or in your own country, dealing with international customers and partners.
Graduates can undertake further UWS study at postgraduate level or at other English-speaking higher education institutions around the world.
£1,820 per year of study
£9,250 per year of study
£9,250 per year of study
£12,300 per year of study
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In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:
The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.
Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.
For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.
Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.
Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.
Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.
English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.
EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.
Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.
If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.
Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.
All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS codes for UWS
If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.
For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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