Learn one of the key languages of international business
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.
Please note this course is open to non-native speakers of English only.
Work placement opportunities available through the School of Education allow students to put theory into practice in real-world business environments.
Education @ UWS
UWS is recognised as one of the most innovative providers of education degrees in the UK. We are ranked first in UK for Education* in the Guardian University League tables, 2020. From early years to adult education, students gain rich experience from our innovative courses and graduate with unrivalled career prospects.
We’re working to create new routes for tomorrow’s teachers. Chemistry and Physics undergraduates can now opt to earn a PGDE qualification alongside their science studies during the final 18 months of their courses.
Our students gain vital skills and practical experience through work placements, preparing them for successful careers in pre-school, primary, secondary and community education.
* ranking based on our initial teacher training BA (Hons) Education degree
OF UNDERGRADUATE & POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION STUDENTS IN WORK AND/OR STUDY 6 MONTHS AFTER GRADUATING
Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2015/16
UWS & Education: 2019-20 League tables
Education at UWS was ranked 1st in the UK for Education (source: The Guardian University Guide 2020)*
Education at UWS was ranked 2nd in the UK overall, & 1st in the UK for teaching quality and 1st in Scotland for student experience (source: The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)*
Education at UWS was ranked 2nd in the UK overall & 1st in Scotland for student satisfaction (source: The Complete University Guide 2019)*
* rankings based on our initial teacher training BA (Hons) Education degree
What qualifications do you need?
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.
This course is only open to non-native speakers of English.
Minimum of2 or 3 years’ study of English at university leveland Minimum IELTS 6.0, or equivalent
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for most courses
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)
overall score 6.0
no sub-test less than 5.5
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)
IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 6.5
no sub-test less than 6.0
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:
overall score of 7.0
no sub-test less than 7.0
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 5.0
no sub-test less than 4.5
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)
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
C6 or above in English
*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:
10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).
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 multiple languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. The cost of your language module is included in the tuition fees. Find out more
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.
Undergradute Tuition Fees
Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2019/20
Scottish & EU
£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)
English, Northern Irish & Welsh
£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750
Channel Islands & Isle of Man
£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750
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* & Living Cost Support
Tuition Fees & Additional Costs
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.
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.
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, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)
The on-time application deadline for 2020/21 entry is 15 January 2020, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2020, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.
Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.
For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.
To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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