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English Language and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) BA (Hons)

Coventry University
Program overview
3-4 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024
Coventry University

Program description

English Language and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) BA (Hons)

Teaching English as a Foreign Language gives you the opportunity to travel the world. A degree in English Language and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) may take you into a wide array of different contexts, from teaching air-traffic controllers in Madrid, to advertising executives in Rio de Janeiro, or university students in China. There are opportunities for working with charities and NGOs in the developing parts of the world, and there are also opportunities in the UK, as more and more people come from around the world to study, work and live here.

English is the official language of 54 separate countries, spoken by around 400 million people as their first language and used by around a billion more. Its importance socially, culturally, politically and economically fuels the demand for people certified to teach English throughout the world.

Successful completion of this course will allow you to attain an internationally recognised English as a Foreign Language teaching qualification (either the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) or Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)) while at the same time studying for a degree in English Language. As a trained specialist, you will have the opportunity to travel the globe and experience new cultures, while helping people to learn the English language and skills for effective communication.

Coventry is an authorised Cambridge Assessment English Centre, which enables you the opportunity to gain the professional and internationally recognised Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) or Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT), in addition to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) degree subject to you meeting a certain grade and criteria.

Admission requirements

UK students


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English Language at grade B.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

International students

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall
  • If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider.

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Program content

Year one

  • How Languages are Learned and Taught
  • Introduction to TEFL
  • Language Architecture
  • Discourse and Digital Media
  • Add+Vantage module

Year two

  • Language and Society
  • Principles and Practice of TEFL 1
  • Principles and Practice of TEFL 2
  • Writing with Style
  • Online Language Teaching
  • Add+Vantage module
  • Optional Modules

    Choose 1 from 2:

    • Language and New Media
    • Stylistics

Placement year

  • Professional Placement Year
  • Study Abroad Year

Final year

  • Language, Identity and Power
  • Advanced Writing Skills
  • Materials Evaluation and Design in a Multimedia World
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Add+Vantage module
  • Optional Modules

    (Undertake a Final Year Project OR study Language in the Mind and the Machine and Language and Globalisation modules):

    • Final Year Project
    • Language in the Mind and the Machine
    • Language and Globalisation

Program delivery

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
  • Flexible part-time

Tuition fees

  • UK students : £9,250 per year.
  • International students : £15,000 per year.


Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Apply acquired knowledge and skills in language teaching and linguistics to be an effective teacher of English in the communities you go on to work in.
  • Use your understanding of theories of language learning and pedagogy to evaluate, select and adapt teaching materials in order to meet learners’ needs.
  • Utilise digital tools and technologies to create bespoke materials in offline and online formats that enhance both classroom-based and online teaching and learning.
  • Reflect critically and analytically on your own and others' practice in order to continue developing teaching skills.
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the history, evolution, spread, and nature of the English language as well as how English can vary and change according to context, identity and social interaction.
  • Communicate effectively in professional, academic and social contexts, and across a range of mediums including in person, on paper and online.
  • Think critically and independently, effectively navigating information, producing knowledge, communicating findings and keeping abreast of the latest developments in the fields of language teaching and linguistics.
  • Step into a range of roles commensurate with your aspirations, be they related to post-graduate study or employment in teaching or the arts and cultural, creative, business or digital industries.
  • Meet challenges with confidence in the skills, resourcefulness and professionalism you have developed over the course.

Educational Aims of the Course

  • To provide students with a broad and balanced knowledge and understanding of the principal features of language teaching and learning in a range of contexts.
  • To provide a critical overview of the major linguistic sub-disciplines as well as the history and nature of the English language.
  • To develop students’ ability to apply an understanding of how language works, and of how languages are learned and taught, in teaching practice in different contexts.
  • To provide a basis for further study in English language and linguistics, TEFL, or related subjects.
  • To develop a range of subject-specific and generic skills of value in graduate employment, including highorder critical, analytic and research skills, and advanced competence in oral and written communication.

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be in a position to start applying immediately to a range of potential employers, including commercial language schools, education and development organisations, government departments, multinational companies, The British Council and a whole host of international volunteer organisations and NGOs.

Alternatively, if you decide not to teach, successfully completing this course should have prepared you for any career that involves the use of language and particularly those professions where communication dominates: the media and cultural industries, primary and secondary education, public relations, marketing and advertising.

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