University Advanced Professional Certificate Teaching English for Academic Purposes

Year of Entry 2025/26
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University Advanced Professional Certificate

Teaching English for Academic Purposes

Distance learning Teaching and Education

Establish your career in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) on a flexible course that unlocks opportunities across the globe.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: See fees section below
    International/EU: See fees section below

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4 Months

  • Location
  • Date

    When do I start?

    January 2026

Course summary

  • Help your students to understand complex academic discourse.
  • Understand student transitions as they access higher education, study specific disciplines and tackle academic culture.
  • Critique learning approaches and the role of the EAP practitioner.
  • Apply a syllabus informed by the BALEAP competency framework.
  • Progress in your teaching and educational management career with a postgraduate qualification and transferable academic credit.

Professional EAP practice opens up a range of exciting career opportunities across the globe. On this flexible short course, you’ll build on your EFL knowledge, pedagogy and professional practice and discover how you can teach EAP effectively in a higher education context.

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.

This online course is part-time and lasts 16 weeks. Flexible and dynamic eLearning enables you to fit the course around your own personal and professional commitments.

You’ll look at EAP and the contexts in which it is taught. You’ll also study academic language, particularly the disciplinary discourses, genres and assessments that students encounter. Finally, you’ll focus on learner transitions, the development of courses and EAP Quality Assurance.

You learn through

  • watching screencasts
  • reading recommended texts
  • taking part in online discussion
  • independent and small group work
  • conducting analyses
  • focusing on your own topics of interest
  • reporting writing
  • close supervision with a university academic

Course leaders and tutors

John Wrigglesworth
John Wrigglesworth
Principal Lecturer

Before joining Sheffield Hallam University, I taught English for academic purposes and applied linguistics at Portsmouth University for ten years. For the previous 1 … Read more

Applied learning

The English language has emerged as a dominant force in academic life across the globe. Millions of students struggle to make sense of academic texts, come to terms with their disciplines and write high-stakes assessments.

EAP is a growing market nationally and internationally and there is currently an increasing demand for well-qualified EAP practitioners who can enable students to cope with the demands of academic study and research at universities.

This course is designed for experienced teachers of English who wish to specialise in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and develop a career in higher or further education and related contexts.

The course draws on the BALEAP competency framework for UK and international teachers. This accreditation scheme is increasingly becoming a desirable requirement for EAP teaching roles. Members of the course team can support you with applying for professional accreditation with BALEAP.

After completing this course, you may wish to develop your research in teaching EAP and use the academic credit to progress onto an MA or PhD in TESOL and develop an EAP specialism.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • a variety of EAP practitioner roles
  • HE education management
  • pre-sessional teaching and course leadership
  • International Foundation Programme curriculum development
  • academic literacies and study skills support
  • learning development

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work as

  • lecturers in UK universities
  • pre-sessional and foundation course leaders
  • specialists in universities and research centres across the globe
  • practitioners and managers in further education colleges, EAL and ESOL
  • examiners for IELTS and Trinity College assessments

Where will I study?

You study this course online from any location

Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • Sheffield Hallam’s TESOL Centre, which has thirty years’ experience of delivering postgraduate courses to working teachers. The Centre has an established reputation for providing e-teacher education courses
  • online resources such as scholarly and research publications

Entry requirements

All students

Two years of general English classroom-teaching experience. Working or planning to work in a HE, FE or related educational contexts.

We understand that taking a postgraduate qualification is a big step and you'll need to ensure that this is the right course for you. As part of applying for a University Advanced Professional Certificate in TEAP, we encourage you to email the course leader and arrange a phone or Zoom conversation

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'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Teaching English For Academic Purposes
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for this module for UK postgraduate distance learning students starting part-time study in 2025/26 is £1,770.

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.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting part-time study in 2025/26 is £2,955 for the module.

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Postgraduate student loans

Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.

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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, 357KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

Complete an application form to apply for this course.

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Why choose us?

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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Study at Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE), one of the country's largest providers of teacher training

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We are rated Ofsted outstanding for all initial teacher training courses, across all age phases (March 2024).

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