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Level: 5

Location: St James Centre

Years: 1

Weeks: 31

Hours: 3.00

Start: 23/09/2019

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 1560.00*

Exams (£): 143.00**

Concessions: 1560.00***

24+ Loan Amount: 1560.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Do you want to teach English to speakers of other languages?  Do you want a skill that enables you to travel and work abroad?  Our Teacher Training Academy offers a specialist TESOL qualification. This is one of only two internationally recognised initial English language teaching qualifications.  The course prepares you to teach English as a second or foreign language to adults and those aged 11 and over, anywhere in the world.

The course fully equips you to deliver high quality English language learning.  You will experience learning an unknown language in order to reflect on learning and teaching in language learning.  Alongside developing grammar and phonology, you will plan and deliver a minimum of six hours of ESOL teaching during the course, developing and evaluating different resources that you use in the classroom.  As part of this, you will investigate the background and learning needs of one particular learner, with a view to delivering a lesson that addresses each of these needs.


  • This course will provide you with an accredited qualification and the skill set to deliver English to speakers of other languages
  • The qualification is recognised across the world and provides a gateway to teaching English abroad
  • Achieving this qualification can act as a foundation stage in teaching ESOL in the UK

Entry requirements

You should be at least 18 years old and need evidence of:

  • A Level 3 qualification (or the equivalent)
  • At least a Level 2 qualification in English (or the equivalent)

You will be asked to complete a pre-course assessment which will take place during the information session.  This will consist of a writing task under exam conditions to ensure you have sufficient language skills to complete the course. 

Course Content

  • Unknown language – you will learn the basics of a language you have never encountered before, and use this experience as a means of reflecting on the learning and teaching process in language learning and development.
  • Teaching practice (including journal) – you will deliver sessions to ESOL learners for at least six hours (a placement can be provided for you).
  • These teaching hours will be outside of course hours, and you must be able to commit to this.  You will be observed and assessed on this teaching practice.
  • Materials assignment – you are required to evaluate one set of teaching materials that you have used in the classroom, say how effective it was, and recommend improvements and adaptations for other groups.
  • Learner profile – you will investigate the background and learning needs of one particular learner, with a view to delivering a lesson that addresses some of these needs.  You will write an outline scheme of work for further teaching which addresses the learner’s needs.
  • Grammar and phonology (the study of sounds in a language).

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of written tasks, one exam, observations of practice, presentations and an in-depth learner profile.  There will be final language awareness examinations in grammar and the sound system of English (phonology).

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

The exam and moderation fee is £143.

What can I do after this course?

Successful completion of this course can help you launch a career teaching English all over the world.  It provides an internationally recognised qualification for this purpose.

Achieving TESOL may support you in obtaining ESOL teaching in this country and you could obtain further ESOL and teacher training qualifications to achieve full status to teach in the UK.


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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
** Exam - This fee is to cover the cost of registration with the relevant awarding body.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

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