Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Combinations BSc

Gain an understanding of theory and practice in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and take your language skills to the next level by combining the BSc TESOL Combinations degree course at Aston University with English language, French, German or Spanish.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

 

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Placement year (UK/abroad)

Duration

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for international students.

UCAS code(s)

QX31 (English)
XR11 (French)
XR12 (German)
XR14 (Spanish)                                                                      

Start date

The following courses are currently available through Clearing.

  • BSc English Language and TESOL (QX31)
  • BSc Spanish and TESOL (XR14)

Call 0800 917 5923 or apply online.

Entry requirements:

QX31 (English)

A Level: CCC | BTEC UnRef: DDM | BTEC Ref: DMM
GCSEs at C/4 in English and Maths

XR14 (Spanish)     

A Level: CCC | BTEC UnRef: DDM + C in Spanish| BTEC Ref: DMM + C in Spanish
GCSEs at C/4 in English and Maths
 

Overview
Explore Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Combinations BSc at Aston University

The BSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Combinations degree course at Aston University offers students a solid practical foundation in English language and English language teaching

Course outline and modules

Modern languages

Whether you are coming to us with an A Level language or picking up a new language from beginner’s level, a BSc joint honours degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Modern Languages at Aston offers something quite different. The course takes an applied approach to the teaching of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and modern languages through the integrated placement year and professionally relevant modules, giving you a great head start on your future career.

Our modern languages courses have a practical focus, with an emphasis on language as a means of communication and mutual understanding. You’ll develop your linguistic skills in French/German/Spanish to near-native proficiency and written/spoken fluency.

In the third year of your course, you’ll spend a year abroad on a language teaching placement, further increasing your fluency, embedding your teaching skills and adding value to your degree.

English language

From understanding linguistics to learning how language can be used to solve crimes, Aston’s innovative English language degree will give you theoretical knowledge alongside cutting-edge skills and plenty of real-world experience.

You will combine theoretical study with practical, professionally relevant modules that emphasise the role of English in society, the workplace, teaching, law and other contexts, providing you with adaptable skills that will provide a great foundation for a range of careers.

By studying English language in-depth, you will develop critical awareness and gain invaluable communication, analytical and critical skills for your future working life.

TESOL

You’ll develop knowledge and understanding of key areas and issues in the interdisciplinary field of TESOL and have plenty of opportunities to put your new skills into practice through micro-teaching as you learn. You’ll also gain an in-depth knowledge of the English language, to inform and enhance your teaching.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in social science will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey. We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage. 

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020 at universities with a track record of compliance with immigration policy. Click here for more information on post-work visas.

Modules

BSc English Language and TESOL (UCAS code: QR39)
Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis
  • Language and Society
  • English Language Across Time and Space
  • Practical Applications of Language Description
Year 2

Core modules:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Language Awareness
  • Language Learning and Teaching
  • Working with Language Data
  • Written Text Analysis

 

Optional modules:

  • Psychology of Language and Communication
  • Language at Work
  • The Language of the Law
  • Language in the News Media
  • Language Policy and Language Planning
  • Phonetics
  • Literature, Culture and Society
  • Creative Writing
  • Stylistics
  • Work-based Project
  • Advanced Topics in Sociolinguistics
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Year 3

Integrated placement year - find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year 

Core modules:

  • Learning English
  • Teaching Practice
  • Dissertation

 

Optional modules:

  • Technology in Teaching and Learning
  • Course and Materials Design
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Spoken Discourse Analysis
  • Multimodal Analysis
  • Computer Mediated Communication
  • Language as Evidence
  • Communicating Across Cultures
  • Leadership and Management Communication
  • Advanced Leadership and Management Communication
  • Forensic Phonetics
  • Language Contact and Globalisation
  • Theories of Language and Identity
  • Cognition and Style
  • Language and Literature in Education
BSc French and TESOL (Beginner/A Level) UCAS code: XR11
Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis
  • Language and Society
  • French Language Skills I*

 

Optional modules:

  • Introduction to the French-Speaking Countries*
  • International Business Environment (France)*

 

* Beginners (ab initio) students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes.

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Language Awareness
  • Language Learning and Teaching
  • French Language Skills II*

 

Optional modules:

  • Language Policy and Language Planning
  • Work-based Project
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)*
  • Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)*
  • International Business Environment (France)*

 

* Beginners (ab initio) students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes.

Year 3

Integrated placement year - find out more about the Aston placement year.

Students must undertake a 1 year work and/or study placement in a French-speaking country.

Final Year 

Core modules:

  • Learning English
  • Teaching Practice
  • French Language Skills III

 

Optional modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Communicating Across Cultures
  • Language Contact and Globalisation
  • Technology in Teaching and Learning
  • Course and Materials Design
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • La France d'Outre Mer
  • Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
  • Contemporary French
  • Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
  • Representations of Minorities
BSc German and TESOL (Beginner/A Level) UCAS code: XR12
Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis
  • Language and Society
  • German Language Skills I*
  • Introduction to the German-Speaking Countries*
  • International Business Environment (Germany)*

 

* Beginners (ab initio) students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes.

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Language Awareness
  • Language Learning and Teaching
  • German Language Skills II*
  • Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)*
  • International Business Environment (Germany)*

 

Optional modules:

  • Language Policy and Language Planning
  • Work-based Project
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication

 

* Beginners (ab initio) students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes.

Year 3

Integrated placement year - find out more about the Aston placement year.

Students must undertake a 1 year work and/or study placement in a German-speaking country.

Final Year 

Core modules:

  • Learning English
  • Teaching Practice
  • German Language Skills III

 

Optional modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Communicating Across Cultures
  • Language Contact and Globalisation
  • Technology in Teaching and Learning
  • Course and Materials Design
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Cultural Identities in the German-Speaking Countries
  • Global Germany
  • International Business Environment (Germany)
BSc Spanish and TESOL (Beginner/A Level) UCAS code: XR14
Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis
  • Language and Society
  • Spanish Language Skills I*

 

Optional modules:

  • Introduction to Spain and Latin America*
  • International Business Environment (Spain)*

 

* Beginners (ab initio) students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes.

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Language Awareness
  • Language Learning and Teaching
  • Spanish Language Skills II*

 

Optional modules:

  • Language Policy and Language Planning
  • Work-based Project
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Politics and Society (Spain and Latin America)*
  • Culture and Conflict (Spain and Latin America)*
  • International Business Environment (Latin America)*

 

* Beginners (ab initio) students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes.

Year 3

Integrated placement year - find out more about the Aston placement year.

Students must undertake a 1 year work and/or study placement in a Spanish-speaking country.

Final Year 

Core modules:

  • Learning English
  • Teaching Practice
  • Spanish Language Skills III

 

Optional modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Communicating Across Cultures
  • Language Contact and Globalisation
  • Technology in Teaching and Learning
  • Course and Materials Design
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Cultural Studies in the Spanish-Speaking Countries
  • National and Transnational Identities in Spanish-Speaking Countries
  • International Business Environment (Spain)

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Levels

BBC-CCC from 3 A Levels including the combined subject (French, German or Spanish). General Studies accepted. 

BBC in 3 A Level subjects (grade B in French/German/Spanish if studying a Language combination).

BCC with B in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths (grade B in French/German/Spanish if studying a Language combination).

CCC in 3 A Level subjects for our contextual offer scheme (grade C in French/German/Spanish if studying a Language combination).

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (+ grade B in French/German/Spanish if studying a Language combination)

BTEC Diploma (QCF/National) with A Levels - Distinction, Merit (DM) and Grade B at A Level (in French/German/Spanish if studying a Language combination)

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A Level (grade B in French/German/Spanish if studying a Language combination) 

IB

29 points overall with grades 5, 5, 4 in 3 higher level subjects + grade 6 in French/German/Spanish if studying a Language combination.

Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required in lieu of GCSE English and Maths grade C/4.

Access to HE & other

Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities, Social Sciences or Business Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis.

Applicants must have an A Level in English.

EPQ: A Level applicants who meet our offer criteria will be made the standard offer for their programme of choice.

Other qualifications: If your qualification is not listed, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

International qualifications: International students can discover more about the qualifications we accept on our international pages. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Foundation programme in Social Science (Aston University): For students with good A Level (or equivalent) grades, but who narrowly miss our standard requirements, it is also possible to gain entry to this course by completing a Foundation Year, although please note the progression requirements.

GCSE

GCSE English Language and Maths grade C/4.  

 

View our Admissions Policy. 

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Entry onto our Foundation Year may be offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (e.g. GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement.

Application for second year entry will be considered by the programme director if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, successful applicants for second year entry will:

  • Have A level (or equivalent) qualifications similar to those required for first year entry
  • Have gained (or be expected to gain) 120 credits on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
  • Obtained (or be expected to obtain) an overall average of 60% or above on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
  • Have not previously attempted the second year of a programme elsewhere

Individual programmes may have additional requirements in addition to those stated above. These will be clarified upon application.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

As a TESOL student at Aston, you’ll be taught by research experts with international reputations in their fields, in a lively, friendly, experienced and enthusiastic department. You’ll experience our innovative approach to teaching, which combines a range of teaching methods including interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. Teaching is almost exclusively in your chosen language to work quickly towards the kind of fluency and adaptability that employers value. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study.

Study skills

There is a much stronger emphasis on reading and on your own private, independent study than at pre-degree level. The University offers training courses in study skills, and the Library’s Learning Development Centre provides one-to-one instruction, workshops and study guides for academic research and writing. You will be allocated an academic supervisor for this work and a personal tutor who can provide you with help and advice throughout your studies. To help you manage your learning, we set out your work for the year in online student guides and module handouts, which include full details of all modules including week-by-week lecture breakdowns, reading lists and all coursework assignments for the year.

Assessment

Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, presentations and an extended dissertation during your final year. Exams take place in January and May/June.

If you are studying TESOL with a modern language, the year abroad is an integral and assessed part of language studies at Aston, fully supported by us, and of direct relevance to your degree.

Personal development

Alongside your language skills, you will develop a range of skills that transfer to the workplace, such as critical thinking, team working and communication skills.

The integrated placement year gives you an immersive language experience that is invaluable in developing experience, knowledge and cultural awareness that cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

Course Director

Dr Claudia Gremler (Languages)

Dr Chloe Harrison (English)

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £15,600

During placement year: £2,500

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

Languages and Social Sciences graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers, with former Aston students now working at companies such as Bloomberg LP, Deutsche Bank and Apple, as well as for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in schools, colleges and universities across the UK and overseas.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in roles including Analyst, EFL Teacher, International Sales Coordinator, HR Coordinator, Languages Teacher, Operations Support Analyst, Senior Project Manager and Translator.

Frequently asked questions

Why study Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages BSc at Aston?

Our versatile joint honours degree course means you can pursue your interest in teaching English to speakers of other languages alongside your talent in modern languages or passion for English Language, which will give you a real head start in your chosen career. We’ll make sure you’re happy: Modern Languages at Aston are ranked 5th for teaching satisfaction (Guardian University Guide, 2020).

Why do a TESOL placement year at Aston?

We are extremely proud of the high level of preparation, orientation and support that we provide before and during your year teaching abroad. We have a full-time Careers and Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away.

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in social science will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course.

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