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BA (Hons)Education & TESOL

Why this course?

BA (Hons) Education & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) blends Education Studies, TESOL and placement to create a unique course for undergraduate students who want to go on to teach English in an international context or to work in other related fields.

This three-year programme provides the opportunity for a placement each year. Students will be taught about Education and TESOL by experts in the University of Strathclyde: the leading provider of teacher education in Scotland.

What you'll study

Year 2

  • Informal Education                                                                                                
  • Learners and Learning                                                                                          
  • TESOL 1: An Introduction                                                                                    
  • Digital Technology in Language Education                                                    
  • Developing Language with Communication Skills                                                      
  • Placement and Curriculum

Year 3

  • History and Philosophy                                                                                                        
  • Social Pedagogy with Adults                                                                              
  • Children and Childhood                                                                                       
  • TESOL 2: Methods, Approaches and Techniques in Language Teaching           
  • Language Awareness: Knowledge about Language                                  
  • Placement Learning: Community

Year 4 (Honours)

  • Independent Study Module                                                                               
  • Dissertation                                                                                                              
  • Social Issues in Education                                                                                    
  • Social Research Methods                                                                                    
  • Educational Reprentations in Film and Literature                                      
  • TESOL 3: Current Issues in Language Education                                          
  • Placement Learning: Secondary School    

Work placement    

Placement is a fundamental feature of the BA (Hons) Education and TESOL programme. Students will work with children and adults in a range of settings. This will allow them to understand how children learn, how people acquire language, how communities can support language learners and the impact of formal schooling on language learning.

Students will develop their own skills in learning about communities, reflective practice, collaborative learning, teaching children and young people, supporting learning, creating innovative methods of engaging learners and in making a difference in the settings in which they work.

Year 2

Placement and Curriculum – 70 hours working with children 0 – 12 years.                                                  

Year 3

Placement Learning: Community – 70 hours working with people learning English in a community setting plus 70 hours running a project teaching children in the students’ home language.

Year 4

Placement Learning: Secondary School – 180 hours in a secondary school setting.                                      

Course content

Year 2

Semester 1

Learners & Learning

This class is designed to provide students with an essential understanding of human learning processes and the needs of learners. Learning involves fundamental psychological processes, such as cognitive, emotional, interpersonal and linguistic processes.

TESOL 1: An Introduction

In this module, students will develop a basic understanding of current views on how languages are learned. Drawing on their own experience as a language learner/user, this module will cover key theories and concepts in second language acquisition.

Digital Technology in Language Education

This module explores the use of digital technology in language teaching and learning. We consider ways to develop digital literacy in the 21st Century. The focus is to develop students’ practical experience of using digital technology for language learning and for designing materials for the language classroom.

Semester 1/2

Placement and Curriculum

This module allows students to spend 70 hours working with children in a setting of the students’ choice.  Lectures and tutorials support students to develop the skills required to participate fully in the organisation with which they choose to work and allow students to explore issues that impact on the lives of children.

Semester 2

Informal Education

Education and learning are not just about schools and children. Learning takes place all the time, in every aspect of life, and this module looks at education and learning beyond formal institutions. The module addresses a set of fundamental questions such as: what are the differences between formal, non-formal, and informal education? How can we describe the learning processes associated with informal education? Where does informal education take place? How do we know that informal education makes a difference to individuals and to society? How can we acknowledge its contributions? In order to answer these questions we will consider informal education across the life course.

Developing Language with Communication Skills

This module will equip students with the required knowledge of understanding the process of reading, writing, listening and speaking in a second/foreign language. Students will get the opportunity to reflect on their own and others’ beliefs about skill-based language learning and teaching.

Year 3

Semester 1

History and Philosophy

In this module we aim to help you to think more carefully and clearly about what education is and what purpose(s) it might have.  This thinking will be informed by some key educational ideas and theorists and the module will support you in situating these in their historical contexts.

Children and Childhood

In this class students explore how children and childhood have been imagined and constructed in a range of historical and contemporary contexts. Drawing variously on representations of children in film, art, literature and theory, the approach develops an understanding of children and childhood as part of a wider set of social and cultural relations.

TESOL 2: Methods, Approaches and Techniques in Language Teaching

This module introduces students to the pedagogical processes in language teaching. The topics include traditional language teaching methods (grammar-translation, communicative language teaching, task-based language learning, etc.). We will also discuss practical issues such as lesson planning, material evaluation and design, needs analysis and profiling, and classroom management. Throughout this module, students will be encouraged to reflect on their Placement experiences in a systematic way.

Semester 2

Social Pedagogy with Adults

Social Pedagogy with Adults explores the history of adult education and the theories underpinning current practice in Scotland. Topics such as adult literacies, education in prisons and libraries, and digital technologies are addressed. The module also presents concrete examples of teaching methods and of curriculum design for adult learners. The seminars will focus on particular areas of research and practice in the field of adult education.

Language Awareness: Knowledge about Language

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to ways in which the English language can be described and analysed in order to help learners of English as a foreign language develop their knowledge about language. The module deepens students’ understanding of core features of the English language and prepares them to apply the knowledge about language systems (pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and discourse) in teaching practice.

Semester 1/2

Placement Learning: Community

Students will spend 70 hours working with people learning English in  a community setting. This will support them in considering how people learn English outwith a school environment. Students will consider barriers to learning and social structures and systems to help them to participate in making a difference for the people with whom they are working.  They will also spend 70 hours running a project teaching children in the students’ home language. This opportunity will help students to focus on how children learn, language acquistion and approaches to teaching languages.

Year 4 (Honours)

Semester 1

Social Issues in Education

This module examines the ways in which a variety of social, cultural, economic and political issues interconnect with experiences of formal and informal education. Students will gain an understanding of current legislation and policy relevant to these issues, and start to develop a working knowledge of the contractual, pastoral and legal responsibilities of those working within education in Scotland.  The module will provide opportunities for critical reflection on personal and professional attitudes and beliefs, and also to undertake critical analysis of the principal theories, stances, concepts and terminology pertaining to social justice and educational inclusion.

Social Research Methods

The module will develop and support students’ understanding and application of research methods, and will enable students to conceptualise, design, and implement a dissertation project, with consideration for ethical issues. The acquisition of these skills will enhance students’ ability to employ methodologies appropriate to the research needs.

TESOL 3: Current Issues in Language Education

This module offers a critical examination of a range of contemporary issues in language education. Students will learn about key pedagogical issues and debates from the latest language education research. The aim is to challenge students’ existing beliefs and values in more specialised and advanced areas. Topics to be covered include individual learner differences from a sociocultural perspective, learner identity, language teaching methodologies in the changing local and global contexts, bilingualism and multilingualism, immersion and translanguaging.

Semester 2

Independent Study Module

This module builds on the Social Research Methods module and provides an introduction to research skills, research design and research methods in TESOL. It familiarises students with the research process, qualitative and quantitative research methodology and analysis used in language education, focusing on interviews, questionnaires, classroom observation and interaction and experimental design. Students will develop the necessary knowledge and skills in order to carry out a small-scale research project in language learning and teaching.

Educational Representations in Film and Literature

This module will provide students with opportunities to reflect on educational questions through popular literary and visual media. The ability to interpret education in the context of popular culture, from ‘The History Boys’ to ‘I, Daniel Blake’, from ‘Pygmalion’ to ‘A Clockwork Orange’, is important since many educational theories are reflected in representations in film and literature. Issues such as representations of educational structures, of social conditioning, and of educational and social exclusion are raised in these fictional worlds.

Semester 1/2


Students will undertake a sustained, independent, small-scale piece of research of their own design that will engage and challenge them with the purpose of having something worthwhile to say about an aspect of Education. The Dissertation is 8,000 words long.

Placement Learning: Secondary School

Students will undertake a placement in a secondary school working with children learning English as an additional language and with children studying English as a discipline. This module will focus on professional identity, teacher agency and will give students the opportunity to reflect on the translation and transformation of their learning as they prepare for their own career as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages.


There are a range of written assignments and also the opportunity to be assessed as part of a project team. An 8,000 word dissertation will be completed in the final year.

Learning & teaching

Learning on the course is designed to be interesting and interactive. There will be opportunities to develop language teaching skills in small group settings and opportunities to learn with larger groups in lectures and seminars.

Group projects and placements will allow students to challenge themselves to make a difference within the communities with which they work. 

Entry requirements

Students will normally undertake the Foundation Programme for Education and TESOL at the International Study Centre at the University of Strathclyde (see Pathways for entry to second year in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences). Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Fees & funding

  • £14,650

University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

International Students (Non UK, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.


Education & TESOL graduates go on to become:

  • teachers of English to speakers of other languages
  • English teachers in an international school setting

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