Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

TESOL and Education Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: X304

What you'll study

This course offers our popular Education Studies degree alongside TESOL certification. So you'll be qualified to teach in language schools around the world.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

The BA Education Studies programme is built on a framework of social justice, with an emphasis on psychology, sociology and social policy to develop a broad spectrum of knowledge about the subject of education

You will explore fundamental themes including human rights and diversity, a historical and political approach to education; studying and learning in Higher Education; learning development, English language in its global context and an introduction to language awareness and understanding.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Skills for Academic Success

    This module runs across all first year education programmes, providing you with the essential study skills that you need in order to succeed at university. Studying, learning and assessment processes at university are different to those at school and college, so this module helps you to develop these essential skills.

  • An introduction to Educational Policy and Learning

    What would you do if you were in charge of education in your country? As an introduction to how policy shapes our learning and teaching, you'll have the chance to design your own education policy as Education Minister of a country. You can introduce any policy you want, as long as you are prepared to explain why.

  • Introduction to Language Awareness

    This module has been designed as an introductory overview and analysis of the core features of English language. You will be exposed to a variety of structures and systems of the English language and you'll deconstruct and evaluate their nature and form.

  • Learning Across the Lifespan

    This module introduces the concept of learning and development throughout the lifespan. It will help you recognise how different cultural, environmental and social contexts influence individual learning and development by analysing a diverse range of theories applied to the study of individual development.

  • Inclusion, Diversity and Rights

    This module introduces the key principles of inclusion, diversity and rights. It explores the historical context of and important milestones on the way to inclusion. These issues are examined in relation to exclusion, segregation and integration. The module progresses from the 1896 Committee on Defective and Epileptic Children through to the present day.

  • English Language in its Global Context

    Examine the complex social and political processes involved in the establishment and ongoing development of the English language. This module provides an insightful awareness to the dynamic roles, status and variation in this global common language from a worldwide perspective.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Your second year comprises an in-depth look at the ways in which children and young people can be supported in their learning, with a specific focus on Cert TESOL 1. You will also examine policies designed to ensure the well-being and safeguarding of children and develop your own understanding and interests in regards to research through different methods. This year also offers an opportunity to study abroad or gain valuable work experience in an alternative educational or industry setting in the UK, as part of the programme.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Education Research Methods

    This module provides knowledge essential to carry out successful educational research. By exploring research methodology and methods, you'll gain skills in designing questionnaires, interviews, observations and analysing research reports.

  • Trinity CertTESOL 1

    This module offers an introduction to English language teaching, leading to the Trinity Certificate in TESOL professional qualification. You'll cover core areas and competencies such as teacher language awareness, teaching approaches, lesson planning and classroom management, as well as gaining some teaching practice experience.

  • Language Pedagogy and Power

  • Work Based Pedagogy in Practice

    Placement experience in the UK or overseas is the basis for increasing employability skills. Experiencing different cultures and employers develops confidence and supports early career choices, all of which are shared at the student conference.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

In year 3 you have the opportunity to refine your learning further, by selecting from some of the following themes: philosophy and values in education, introduction to second language acquisition,  informal and non-formal learning in education, Cert TESOL 2 and an independent research dissertation which focuses on your own particular professional and theoretical interests.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to study toward Forest School certification, which allows you to facilitate children’s learning experiences in outdoor contexts. Guided Sight training will provide you with certification and practical advice on how to support children and young people with a visual impairment, whilst considering its implications for people with other disabilities.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Trinity CertTESOL 2

    The final stage of the CertTESOL qualification, this module develops and extends core professional skills and competencies - with further teaching practice, learner analysis and materials design and development. On successful completion of the integrated Trinity syllabus unit work and requirements, you will then be put forward for this externally awarded qualification.

  • Issues in TESOL Assessment and Testing

    Exploring the dynamic relationship between assessment and testing approaches in English language teaching around the world. This module considers the relevant theoretical background and wider influences at play, with interesting examination of professional implications for teachers and learners.

  • Informal and Non Formal Education and Learning

    Although often unacknowledged, informal or non-formal learning is happening all around us through voluntary and community organisations, in youth and community work, through on-line communities and in the workplace. In this module, you will evaluate a site of informal learning chosen by you and gain insight into the crucial, yet often hidden, role informal and non-formal learning plays in society.

  • Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

    You will explore the nature of second language acquisition, in particular how languages are learned and the various factors that can explain why some learners are more successful than others.

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

“Coming to Hull enabled me to learn something I am passionate about, work for some great organisations and volunteer for some brilliant causes.”

Katie Hobson

More about this course

Learn the skills to work with children and young people and make a big difference to the next generation. The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualification enables you to teach in language schools all over the world.

  • 98% of Hull's educational studies students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018).
  • A clear path to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) makes this course ideal if you have teaching ambitions.
  • Guaranteed work experience throughout - we have links to more than 600 educational institutions giving you a better chance of a placement that suits your ambitions.
  • You can choose to spend a semester at a choice of English-speaking partner institutions in countries like Denmark, Norway, Sweden and China. Or you could spend the time gaining professional work experience in alternative settings, either in the UK or abroad.

As well as preparing for your career, you'll analyse and discuss major contemporary issues in education. In particular, the course covers innovative approaches to teaching and learning such as forest schools, digital teaching aids and next-gen experiential learning.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.


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Second year



Final year



Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Set yourself up for a rewarding career making a real difference to the lives of children, young people, and adults.

Strong partnerships with hundreds of schools, colleges, community organisations and early years settings.

Specialise in a particular age range and master advanced teaching methods taught by expert staff.

A diverse range of routes into teaching includes undergraduate programmes that incorporate Qualified Teacher Status.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 104 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • Applicants should also have GCSE English Language/Literature at Grade 4 or C or above

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 26 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with merits in a minimum of 30 credits
  • CACHE L3 Extended Diploma: C

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

Any offers made are conditional on the results of an enhanced DBS check.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

This course reflects the high demand for well-trained professional practitioners, and is tailored to prepare you for the employment market.

Employment options following graduation are varied. TESOL and Education Studies can lead to careers in teaching in international schools, as well as those in the UK. You can also take up a role in educational administration, management and research within a wide range of educational settings, as well as in training and caring organisations, charities, parents' advisory groups and learning support organisations. Or you could apply the skills you learn to other areas of the public and private sectors.

In addition, you may wish to choose a pathway to further study and training. Opportunities include programmes such as Educational Psychology, Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Schools Direct. All of our graduates can also choose to continue study at masters level.