Languages @ UCLan
Trinity Cert TESOLCombined (Hons) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Half World!

Always wanted to work in an international environment? Make a genuine difference to people’s lives in a rewarding career? Studying Subject TESOL on the Combined Honours programme can make that a reality. Blending theory and practice, you will prepare for work as a teacher either in the U.K. or overseas through academic study and teaching ‘real’ international students at the university.


Course Overview

Subject TESOL trains you to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages in private language schools in the U.K. or overseas, and is an alternative. In many ways it is a more comprehensive award compared to the initial qualification to the Certificate qualification offered by providers such as Cambridge (CELTA) or Trinity (Cert.TESOL). You do not need any previous teaching experience or knowledge of English grammar – we start with the basics and build from there.

The programme provides a balance of theory and practice. You work on the following areas at increasing breadth and depth over the 3 years:
Methods and Approaches
Teaching Practice with genuine language learners (based on-campus)
Classroom Management and Techniques
Language Awareness and Analysis for Teaching Purposes
Language Learning Theories
Course Design and Implementation

Within each area you also develop the following pedagogic skills, communication skills, analytical and reflective skills and knowledge of lexis and grammar.

This course is offered as part of the Combined Honours Programme and must be taken in combination with other subjects. Your selection of subjects should be indicated in Section 3f on your UCAS form. For full details please see Combined Honours.

Teaching & Learning

You attend weekly workshops led by a qualified and experienced trainer. The workshops combine a variety of teaching and learning approaches such as lecture-style input; pair and group work; hands-on practical tasks; simulated and genuine teaching practice. Whether you study the major, joint or minor route, you study core modules in Years 1-3 which ensure you will be ready to teach on graduation. In the joint and major routes you can study options which allow you to explore a specialist area in more depth. The options include:

Testing and Evaluation
Materials Design
Grammar for TESOL
Project Planning and Research Methods


Assessment offers you the opportunity to consolidate what you have learned. The assessment is a combination of coursework and timed in-class tests. Here are some examples of the assessment that you might do:
Academic Essays
Lesson Plans
Teaching Practice – teaching genuine language learners at the University
Portfolios – e.g. a teaching journal
Designing a language test
Writing a research proposal
Case Studies of Individual Language Learners
In-class Tests on language awareness (based on topics we’ve covered as part of the syllabus)

Entry Requirements

The University’s minimum standard entry requirements for degree level study is a 12 unit profile, made up from one of the following:

At least two A2 level subjects including
One A2 level subject plus one single award Advanced VCE
One double or two single award(s) Advanced VCE
Specific entry requirements for this course are: You must have a minimum Grade B at GCSE in English Language, or equivalent.

Applicants who are non-native speakers of English are welcome to apply. You should meet the criteria above and have one of the following qualifications:

Cambridge ESOL Certificate of Proficiency in English
IELTS band 7.0 (on all sub-scores) or above
Non-native speakers are strongly advised that finding work as a teacher of English in an English-speaking country e.g. the U.K., Australia, the U.S.A. etc. can be difficult as employers often prefer native-speaker teachers.
Other acceptable qualifications include:

Scottish Certificate of Education Higher Grade
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Grade
International Baccalaureate
BTEC National Certificate/Diploma
Kite marked Access Course

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome. If you have not studied recently you may need to undertake an Access programme first. For details of those offered by the University please contact Course Enquiries, tel: 01772 892400.

Course dates and fees

Starting period: September 2006
Fees for overseas: £ 7950 FT
EU: £ 3000 FT

How to apply

Applications for all full-time undergraduate courses are made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). For more information please visit and look for the following information:

Institution code name: CLANC
Institution code: C30
UCAS code: YOO3
Short form of course: TES


If you have questions about the subject please contact the subject leader:

University of Central Lancashire
Department of Languages & International Studies
Tel: +44 (0)1772 893148
Fax: +44 (0)1772 892909

Course Team Members

Cleary Jane
Senior Lecturer – Subject Leader TESOL / ext. 3148 / FY24

Donnelly Isabel
Principal Lecturer – Inter-department co-ordinator for EFL support / ext. 3670 / FY314

Garner Joanne
Lecturer – Cert TEFL Co-ordinator / ext. 3674 / FY321

Gregson Nicholas
Senior Lecturer – WISER Co-ordinator / English for Academic Purposes / ext. 3673 / KM009

Shields Brian
Senior Lecturer – Course Leader MA TEIB / ext. 3119 / FY210

Vasey Christine
Senior Lecturer – BA (Hons) EIB Pathways Co-ordinator / ext. 3120 / FY308

Waller Daniel
Lecturer – Course Leader Foundation Certificate English / ext. 3672 / FY314