Throughout the TESOL degree offered at University of Leeds course you will gain an in-depth and practical understanding of the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). 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 this programme from University of Leeds you will be equipped to pursue a career in English language teaching, primary teaching, or academia.

Career opportunities

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages BA course 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 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
  • A 'Language for All' module at any level

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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Academic Requirements

  • A-level: ABB

In general we expect applicants to have two ‘traditional’ academic subjects at A-level.

Other course specific tests:

  • 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.

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.


If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more on the university website page.

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.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.