TESOL and English Language BA

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Gain a globally-recognised qualification. Teach English anywhere in the world. Explore your fascination for language and gain a new perspective on communication.

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Love travelling? Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a fantastic passport to working as a teacher in almost any country in the world. You'll combine studying TESOL with English Language to create a versatile and attractive degree. You’ll examine intercultural awareness, the psychology of language learning and global TESOL issues as well as studying more niche topics such as English in the North East, and children's fiction.



Why us?

  • 'World-leading' research in English Language, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • Qualified TESOL teachers are always in high demand
  • The unique course blends education and culture
  • Gain experience through peer teaching: teaching real students from the University and local community
  • A unique approach to employability skills and a stand-out student experience

Course structure

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops and independent learning.

You will be assessed via essays, analyses and commentaries, oral presentations and posters. You will observe English classes and be recorded teaching other students.

Year 1 (national level 4)

Core modules:

  • Language in the 21st Century (20 credits)
  • Describing Modern English (20 credits)
  • Principles and Practice of TESOL 1 (20 credits)
  • Grammar for TESOL (20 credits)


Optional modules (choose one):

  • Creating Order from Chaos: Narrative and Poetry (20 credits)
  • The Writer’s Journey (20 credits)
  • Writing, Argumentation and Power (20 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 2 (national level 5)

Core module for all routes:

  • Contemporary Sociolinguistics (20 credits)
  • Language and Education (20 credits)
  • Principles and Practice of TESOL 2 (20 credits)
  • Psychology of Language Learning (20 credits)

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Language and Childhood (20 credits)
  • Language, Literature and Computers (20 credits)
  • Writing Works (20 credits)

Final year (national level 6)

Core modules:

  • Principles and Practice of TESOL 3 (20 credits)
  • Language Learning and Intercultural Competence (20 credits)

Optional modules (choose two):

  • Language and Gender (20 credits)
  • English in the North East (20 credits)
  • Reading and Writing Children’s Fiction (20 credits)
  • Broadcast Talk (20 credits)
  • Dissertation in English Language or TESOL (40 credits)

The Reg Vardy Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,


  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • The University of Sunderland’s Language Centre is a dedicated space for language learning and teaching. It includes:

    • Two digital language laboratories for teaching with Sanako Study 1200
    • Open-access language laboratory for independent study
    • TVs, DVDs, textbooks, magazines and dictionaries
    Language Centre
  • Our libraries have thousands of books and e-books on language topics. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic articles. An important resource for TESOL students is the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which provides access to full text articles for TESOL.

    Library Services - TESOL


You'll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, situated on the award-winning St Peter's riverside campus. The location benefits from dedicated library services and has superb transport links with the city centre and City Campus.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).

We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language, please see our English Language Requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is tbc.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night


The combination of TESOL and English Language creates a holistic degree with a huge variety of employment options. This course offers a single honours degree where TESOL is often only offered as part of a combined subjects course. 

You will develop invaluable skills to take forward into employment and further study.

Teach English around the world

Global TESOL employment continues to grow rapidly. This degree will give you the edge. Typically someone with a degree in TESOL can progress more quickly to promotions in schools, universities and teaching organisations across the world and is seen as very employable.

A TESOL qualification is essential for many overseas teaching jobs. The majority of TESOL students become teachers. Other career options can include senior roles in educational institutions, educational advisers, and educational inspectors. 

Careers with English

English Language is a well-respected subject. Your highly developed skills in communication, research and analysis will make you a perfect fit for a wide range of organisations, including graduate training schemes. Many of our graduates progress to careers in teaching, journalism, business, the Civil Service, and publishing.

Further study

While BA (Hons) TESOL and English Language is not a formal teaching qualification, it may lead to a job in teaching and is proved to be an advantage in the job market. It also acts as springboard for further study with CELTA or DELTA courses or MA TESOL.

You can also study a short course in French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese or Arabic on the University Language Scheme for free.

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