- MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
- School of Education (School of Study)
- Campus or location
- Newton Park
- Course length
- One year full time or two years part time.
Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent.
Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.
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Develop your teaching practice with our MA TESOL course, based on our stunning campus in the heritage city of Bath
- One of the few TESOL courses in the UK that incorporates a teaching placement.
- Designed for both experienced teachers and those with little or no teaching experience.
- Blends the theory of language and linguistics teaching with practical skills development.
Due to Covid-19, we have made changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year.
Please see the 2020 Postgraduate Programme Changes page for information about specific changes to this course.
Please note the changes are for the 2020-21 academic year only.
The 'Programme Document' beneath the main image on this course page shows you the programme specification as normally delivered.
Based at our beautiful Newton Park campus, this TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) course is for those who wish to teach English as a second or foreign language. We aim to develop confident and well-informed language teaching practitioners who are capable of designing and teaching comprehensive language programmes. You’ll extend your knowledge base by engaging in independent research into your own practice and setting.
We recognise the value of professional, cultural and life experiences, which you’ll develop and explore during the programme. This will enhance your professional knowledge and understanding through reflection, aided by theoretical input and practical application.
Context specific professional development is an important element in the MA TESOL. We prepare you to return to your previous work context, or even move to a new one, with an adaptable knowledge base for that particular setting.
"The course... gave me the chance to observe teaching inside public school and language classrooms via placements. My advice for potential students would be to 'Do it! Do not think twice!' This is a one-time experience that you will not regret."Tammy Byrne, MA Tesol
What you'll learn
We’ll aid your understanding of the key theories and principles in TESOL, providing a balance of academic and professional content and experience. You’ll develop your ability in language analysis and understanding, as well as furthering your knowledge on how to incorporate this appropriately in class materials.
We have a flexible and supportive learning programme that develops your current understanding and knowledge in TESOL, while providing you with the necessary research and reflection skills to continue on your academic or professional career path.
Throughout the programme the amount of independent study gradually increases, both within and across modules, in order to build your confidence and self-reliance. As your future continuing professional development is also important to us, reflection, as a key skill, is interwoven into all modules to nurture your ability to continue learning beyond the MA TESOL.
In the first trimester, your studies will include a mix of a practical and theoretical elements. You’ll have your first placement opportunity, which you will be encouraged to reflect on in class.
In the second trimester, we’ll continue developing your practical teaching skills through detailed discussion of relevant theories, alongside your second placement. You’ll begin to prepare for your dissertation by strengthening your knowledge on research methodology and developing a dissertation proposal.
The third trimester sees the culmination of the skills you’ve developed as you gather and analyse data, and write up this research in your dissertation.
This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.
- Theory and Practice of TESOL
- Language Analysis for TESOL
- Second Language Learning and Teaching
- Research Methods in Social Science
- Independent Study
- Contemporary Issues in Inclusive Education
- Research and the Professional Part 1
- Research and the Professional Part 2
How will I be assessed?
There are no written exams. You’ll submit a portfolio of tasks, which may include oral presentations, reflection on module learning and teaching practice, essays, and analysis tasks.
How will I be taught?
You’ll be taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, directed classroom-based activities and discussion. Peer-teaching opportunities, presentations and student-led workshops are also employed throughout the programme. You’ll be given a dedicated tutor to support your development.
We encourage you to keep a journal during your placements, to enhance and support reflection on your experiences. This aids continuation of discussions linking theory to practice which begin in class and continue throughout the programme on an individual self-reflection and peer-reflection basis. Your fellow course participants are an important resource to draw on through shared experience and stories as you build a community of practice.
Students who complete the MA TESOL will have many career opportunities including: English language teaching (general or specialised), language teacher trainer, materials writing, curriculum development, language textbook editor, Director of Studies/Assistant Director of Studies, PhD studies.
“Since completing the course... I have taught EFL with young learners and adults on short courses in the UK, Austria, Italy, Poland, Switzerland as well as a year abroad in China.”Rachel Grove, MA TESOL
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
You’ll be based mainly at our Newton Park campus, outside of the world heritage city of Bath. Our campus buildings – which include a period manor house, gatehouse, keep, and state-of-the-art learning and performance facilities – are set in an eighteenth-century landscape complete with lake and pavilions.
With excellent links to nearby Bristol, you benefit from all the advantages of a buzzing, modern city, while being based in a beautiful, rural location just outside Bath city centre.
UK and EU students full time
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UK and EU students part time
Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.
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DBS (if required)
If you're already working in schools, you'll be fully DBS checked, but if not you must complete this through Bath Spa University before you can go on placement. DBS checks will incur a cost.
Interested in applying?
What we look for in potential students
Students will typically have a good undergraduate degree in an appropriate specialism from a recognised higher education institution. Teaching experience is welcome but not essential.
Students wishing to take the Independent Study module in the first trimester must supply evidence of teaching experience in the form of a letter from an employer. International students whose first language is not English are required to have a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 in each component) or equivalent.
In the UK, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required to work with children and vulnerable adults. All course participants will need to complete the necessary paperwork before starting their placement for the programme. There is an additional fee required for this process.
How do I apply?
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
MA TESOL is an opportunity for applicants with a Level 7 PGCE to use the credits towards a full MA.
Accreditation of Prior certificated Learning (APL) can be offered if you have successfully completed previous Level 7 modules at another university. We accept APL for our PG Dip or Master’s qualifications. As a guide, up to a maximum of 60 credits may be credited towards a Master’s Degree and 60 credits towards a PG Dip. We will require a full transcript from the awarding university.
It is also possible to gain accreditation for other kinds of professional developments by compiling an independent study portfolio of professional development (APEL – Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning). For further information about gaining credits in this way please contact email@example.com.
APL only applies if the credits were gained within five years of the start of your MA studies.