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English as a Second Language, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #401 (WUR) ,
The UWS BA English as a Second Language course is designed for EU/international students who wish to become proficient in English. In a global context, fluent spoken and written English is increasingly valued and this course will provide you with English language skills to open up a range of career opportunities around the world.


The English as a Second Language programme is offered at University of the West of Scotland. In the global context, fluent spoken and written English is increasingly valued and this course will provide you with English language skills to open up a range of career opportunities with organisations around the world.

You will study English language in small groups, refining and expanding your knowledge and understanding of the language and its cultures, and focusing on authentic language development.  


Fluency in English will widen your opportunities for employment with international businesses. This course demonstrates to employers that you possess a high standard of fluency. It will complement your other employability skills and present opportunities for you to work globally, or in your own country, dealing with international customers and partners.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      1-2 years full-time, part-time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

In today’s global context, fluency in English language is increasingly valued and this course will equip you with the skills that will enhance your appeal to international employers.

Graduates will be able to use English as a global language in the world of education or business, and to establish personal and professional networks.

This one or two-year course offers entry at degree year level, building on your studies from your home institution. You will study English language and culture modules, choosing from various related subjects to increase your fluency and confidence in English and your knowledge of English-speaking culture.

For more information, please visit the programme's website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    StudyPortals Tip: The UK government has confirmed new English-language testing requirements for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more

  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis. Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10600 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1820 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

  • English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

  • Channel Islands & Isle Of Man

£9,250 per year of study

Living costs for Paisley

  • 700 - 1400 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The Scottish Government does not provide any statutory student funding for international students studying in Scotland.

However, there are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at UWS.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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