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The University of Wolverhampton

BA(Hons)Linguistics and Teaching of English for Speakers of Other Languages with Foundation Year (TESOL)

Why choose this course?

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study. Successful completion of our Foundation course permits access to any of our Humanities or Media BA (Hons) degree courses, which include English, English Language, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Media, Philosophy and Religious Studies — many of which can be taken singly as specialist degrees or together as ‘joint’ degree routes. The Foundation year begins with modules aimed at providing transferable study skills and then, in the second semester, gives students the opportunity to study more specialist modules, with a focus on various aspects of Humanities and Media.

TESOL & Linguistics seeks to equip you with the practical and theoretical knowledge and skills you need to work in the contemporary ESOL/EFL classroom. It also aims to develop in you the personal and professional values needed to achieve academic and practical success in the area of linguistics. We use humanistic teaching methods and a flexible and vocationally relevant curriculum that is flexible, responsive to student need and vocationally relevant.

The study of TESOL & Linguistics gives you the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the nature of language and how it works. You will look at the processes involved in language learning, and current language teaching approaches, and will put these approaches into practice. You will also look at language and society, language and gender and language and the mind, as well as examining the building blocks of language – syntax and morphology.

At the end of your studies, you may have the opportunity to gain the Trinity College London CertTESOL qualification.

What happens on the course?

The TESOL & Linguistics course consists of a suite of closely linked modules that build on each other.

Year 1 introduces the fundamental concepts of linguistics and language study. You explore the sounds of language, the key design principles which underpin word and sentence structure and a range of issues in applied linguistics. You look at the process and practicalities of learning foreign languages, and start to develop your practical teaching skills.

Year 2 deepens your appreciation of how language works, and develops your practical teaching skills. You acquire a better understanding of the use and analysis of learning and teaching methods, and you also undertake short periods of teaching practice. You continue to investigate the process of second language acquisition, and the structure and use of language in a variety of real-life contexts, with particular reference to English.

Year 3 explores in greater detail aspects of structural and applied linguistics, and takes your teaching skills to advanced levels. You develop competence in designing learning activities and materials. You are given the opportunity to undertake a research project of your choice either in Linguistics or TESOL, and to opt for an extended teaching placement, and the Trinity College London CertTESOL.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • Small cohorts, so students get to know each other and members of the teaching staff well
  • TESOL & Linguistics staff have had experience of working in a variety of countries and settings
  • Teaching staff believe students learn by doing, and encourage students to work together throughout the course in order to support each other and build confidence.
  • We have been praised by our external examiner for our innovative assessments that encourage students to work together to develop the ability to co-operate
  • A work placement module in an ESOL setting
  • Learn another language alongside your TESOL course
  • Opportunity to gain an internationally recognised initial teaching qualification – the Trinity College London CertTESOL.
  • Choose an area of either Linguistics or TESOL for your final year dissertation

Comments from our External Examiners on provision:

For Linguistics:

“As always, I have found the marking consistent within individual modules and across modules. There is good evidence of a dialogue between first and second markers and my judgement has been sought in relation to one piece of assessed work. Markers provide extensive feedback which guides students towards addressing their weaknesses. What is also good practice is the provision of extensive notes within each assignment. Student work is of good quality with some very impressive independent research being carried out. The range of exam questions and essay topics is stimulating and reflects the high quality of the teaching”.


"The team have developed modules that provide significantly more teacher knowledge than a standard initial entry-level qualification could hope to. (…) This includes a combination of linguistic knowledge, pedagogic knowledge and theoretical knowledge, along with the development of both reflective and practical teacherly skills"..

What our students think

“Warning! TESOL is not for slackers. However, it is definitely worthwhile and gives you a sense of achievement and lots of knowledge that sometimes doesn’t really register until you actually need it [...].

We got into the practical side of teaching early on in the degree. Although this seemed daunting at the time, most people in my class were in the same boat and supported each other throughout.”

“Linguistic modules have all been extremely helpful for understanding about how people learn. […] In my opinion this ‘inside’ knowledge adds depth to teaching – I can’t imagine trying to teach a language without having done both the academic and practical part of the degree.”

“I started Linguistics ‘blind’ without any previously teaching in the subject and no expectations as to what I would be learning or gaining from the experience. […] I have found every module stimulating. […] Students can apply their knowledge to their own native or second language.”

“The most important thing to note about the study of Linguistics is how much fun it can be.[…]The quality of teaching within Linguistics is excellent, with staff being extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic, but also very supportive and approachable.”

Career path

TESOL & Linguistics graduates are highly employable, and have the ability to travel, teach, live or work in a different culture or society.

University of Wolverhampton TESOL graduates from 2009 and 2010 all succeeded in finding employment or gained places on PGCE/Masters courses. Our impressive employability rates demonstrate that our programme encourages students to develop the planning, flexibility and dedication needed to succeed in a career in education.

Graduates from the TESOL & Linguistics programme have also gone on to careers in speech therapy, management & administration, publishing, journalism and personnel. A degree in Linguistics gives you the perfect grounding for any career requiring critical thinking, literacy competence, and a range of analytical and presentation skills.

The optional Trinity College London CertTESOL is recognised internationally as the entry-level teaching qualification, and can be used to teach in the UK and abroad.

Comment from our External Examiner on employability:


"The skilled and committed team have developed a programme of second language teacher education that will no doubt prove ever more valuable in the near future. The provision of an award that enables students to exit university not only with a degree but also with a globally accepted teaching qualification is a tremendous asset for a university to possess".

What skills will you gain?

  • an appreciation of the nature of, and processes involved in, language learning and teaching, as well as issues relating to cultural diversity.
  • an understanding of the structure and application of English in a variety of forms and contexts, and an ability to apply your knowledge practically and analytically in a variety of English Language/language learning environments.
  • an awareness of the applicability of current language teaching approaches in order to provide/manage appropriate learning environments, and identify/employ suitable learning objectives, methods, materials, activities & technologies.
  • the capacity to think critically, argue convincingly, and express yourself clearly and coherently in spoken and written modes.
  • the ability to manage and improve your own independent research and study skills to maintain currency of knowledge and improve efficiency of learning.
  • the expertise required to progress to related studies at postgraduate level, and the skills and knowledge necessary for successful employment.

Who accredits this course?

The TESOL course matches the Trinity College London CertTESOL guidelines for initial teaching training. If you make good progress on the course, you may be given the opportunity to be entered for the CertTESOL at the end of your final year, for which we charge a fee.

The TESOL & Linguistics degree is an academic qualification, not a recognised teaching qualification.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • DD from A level
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma grade MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Non-native speakers are required to hold IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2018/9 Home/EU International
Full time £6,165 £11,700
Part time # £2,835
2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £6,150 £11,475
Part time # £2,835

Degrees which include foundation year will be charged at the lower foundation rate for the first year. Subsequent years will be charged at the University Standard Degree rate.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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