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International/EU: £16,655 per year
- Study contemporary international English language education and complete a small-scale research project.
- Develop your English language skills to study at university and teach English.
- Learn from reflecting on practical experiences, observing teachers and feedback.
- Collaborate in teams to plan and teach English language activities and lessons.
On our BA TESOL Top-up, our experienced educators will help you develop the skills you need to teach in various international settings. You’ll study the design, evaluation and use of language materials to help you prepare activities and resources to teach students in the real world.
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How you learn
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.
Our experienced team of teacher educators have all taught English internationally and have a deep understanding of the challenges international students face. Our teaching approach is informed by ongoing research, professional development activities, and insights from presenting at international conferences.
You learn through:
- Structured online learning
- Seminars on learner issues, educational policy, and teaching approaches
- Teaching practice support and observation experiences
- Language analysis in assignments and reports
- Developing your English language skills
- Critical reflection on learning and teaching experiences
- Comparing education policies and contexts in presentations and reports
- Completing an education placement
- Collaborating with peers
Initially, you’ll develop understanding of key aspects of the English language and teaching methodology, so you can successfully teach English. You’ll participate in and reflect on an unknown language experience with your peers, helping you to develop empathy for language learners before you teach.
By observing live TESOL lessons and teaching adult multilingual classes, you’ll be challenged to work in teams and develop real-world lesson planning and teaching skills. By critically reflecting on these experiences, you’ll gain professional skills and multicultural awareness to prepare you to work in a range of contexts.
You’ll also develop your awareness of the origin and impact of a range of educational policies – gaining research skills to help you compare aspects of education in two different global contexts.
You’ll be taught by a close-knit community of qualified and highly experienced teaching staff who take the time to get to know you. Throughout your time, you’ll receive personalised support, such as:
- Specialist Hallam tutors and school-based mentors
- Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
- Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources
- Career support for up to five years after you graduate
Course leaders and tutors
I am the course leader for Trinity Certificate TESOL, which is taken by undergraduates on a range of courses
You’ll apply the knowledge you develop in English grammar, lexis and phonology when you analyse language data collected from an individual language learner – which will help you plan a lesson to meet their needs. During your teaching practice experiences on campus you’ll also regularly analyse language as you prepare to teach lessons.
Through experiences such as the unknown language learning experience and lesson observations, you’ll develop awareness of different approaches to teaching English and classroom techniques. You’ll apply this knowledge when you teach lessons and language learning activities yourself – preparing you for your future teaching career.
You’ll attend an education placement to observe how education policy is implemented in practice. You’ll also undertake a research project where you’ll develop research skills – which could support your application to an MA TESOL or MA Education degree following the course.
You’ll learn about key issues in education policy by attending guest lectures from practitioners in the field of education. We’ll also help you develop your employability – with resources, support and careers conferences hosted by our Careers & Employability Team.
The course aims to provide students with the skills most valued by employers – identifying and solving problems, exhibiting criticality in thinking and writing, communicating effectively, and working as a team.
Following this course students might progress to work as:
- English language teachers
- Private tutors
- Online teachers
- Academic advisers
- Corporate trainers
- Teacher trainers
- Curriculum or course designers
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
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Equipment and facilities
On this course you work in modern classrooms with classroom technologies and equipment to support understanding – with space to engage in teamwork and equipment to prepare for classroom teaching during teaching experiences.
You will work with:
- Sheffield Hallam’s TESOL centre, accredited by the British Council
- Activity schedules and screencasts to help structure your learning
- English language teaching materials, course books, resource books and audio-visual resources
- Print and electronic resources in the Learning Centre
- Digital resources in a virtual learning environment
- Language learning and teaching applications
- Specialist databases to access relevant resources
Applicants normally need to hold 240 from Levels 4 and 5 or equivalent. You would have normally have studied a qualification such as:
• A Foundation Degree or Diploma e.g. the Diploma of Dazhuan, with some relevant content in language or education at Level 4 and Level 5.
If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
We welcome applications from people of any age. There may be some flexibility in entry requirements provided you have other relevant learning or experience. This must show that you will benefit from and successfully finish the course.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
|Module: Comparative Global Education||Credits: 20||
|Module: Issues In Contemporary Education||Credits: 40||
|Module: Language For English Language Teachers||Credits: 20||
|Module: Teaching Experiences In Tesol||Credits: 40||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/2025 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 is £9,250 per year.
If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Teaching, education and childhood studies courses (PDF, 257.5KB)
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