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You will develop the skills needed to explain and describe language and you will consider the practicalities of teaching, so you can develop effective lesson planning and classroom management techniques.

The programme is organised around four key themes: language description, language teaching, language learning, and an experiential theme. In addition to studying modules which link to these overarching themes, you will also gain first-hand experience in a language classroom whilst supporting English language teachers, allowing you to apply the knowledge gained throughout the programme.

By the end of the programme you will be equipped to pursue a career in English language teaching, primary teaching, or academia.

Career opportunities

The  TESOL degree offered at University of Leeds provides a strong foundation from which to pursue careers in English language teaching, or a career relating to primary teaching, education and life-long language learning.

Graduates will also be well-equipped to progress onto postgraduate study in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or a related discipline.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Study in Education 
  • Second Language Acquisition and Learning 
  • Language, Learners and Society 
  • Supporting English Language Teaching and Learning 
  • English Language Description for TESOL 
  • English for Communication
  • Education, Multilingualism and Social Justice

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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.

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General Requirements

  • A-level: ABB
  • In general we expect applicants to have two ‘traditional’ academic subjects at A-level. 
  • When an applicant is taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) this can be considered alongside A Levels and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.
  • Applicants are required to have satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (or equivalent). Students accepted onto the programme are also required to adhere to the University Disciplinary Regulations during their studies. 

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


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