Linguistics & TESOL BA (Hons)

The York St John Linguistics & TESOL programme offers you an exciting opportunity to apply linguistic knowledge and related skills to the practical challenge of teaching English as a world language. You will develop an in depth understanding of the way that language works, from structural, social and cognitive perspectives, and how you can use this knowledge as an English language teacher in the UK and around the world.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018

91% of our Languages and Linguistics students are satisfied with their course.

National Student Survey 2017

Course structure


You will develop an in depth understanding of the way that language works, from structural, social and cognitive perspectives, and how you can use this knowledge as an English language teacher in the UK and around the world. As part of your programme, you will have the opportunity to take the internationally recognised CELTA* qualification (Cambridge ESOL Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). The cost of the CELTA is included.

*Subject to interview

Level 1

Modules may include:

  • Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching: On this module you will consider the users and potential clients of applied linguistics, and how language teachers can learn from and contribute to the discipline.
  • Introduction to English Language & Linguistics: A general introduction to linguistics.
  • Language Carousel: On this module you will learn three new languages in twelve weeks!
  • Multilingualism: On this module, you will discover more about the highly multilingual world and learn about the UK’s multilingual development, from a number of perspectives, including societal multilingualism/plurilingualism in education, in business, in the arts and media and individual multilingualism in the brain.

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • Study Abroad: Enhance your language skills and experience at one of our overseas partner institutions where you have the opportunity to take assessed foreign language and English language modules as well as, at some of our partners, getting some practical teaching experience.
  • Applied Linguistics in the Workplace: Organise, take part in and reflect on an English language teaching work placement in the UK or abroad.
  • World Englishes: This module addresses the development, structure and use of international varieties of English (World Englishes), from its origins in the British Isles to its current role as a global language.
  • Language Acquisition: Learn about key theories of first and second language acquisition.
  • Psycholinguistics: Develop an awareness of the psychological dimensions of language knowledge and use.
  • Sociolinguistics: What are the issues that make a difference to the way language is used in various aspects of everyday social life? On this module you will explore user factors (who is involved in the language use) as well as situational factors (where, when and why is the language used).

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • English Language Teaching Research Project: As part of this module you will take the internationally-recognised Cambridge ESOL CELTA course (Certificate in English
  • Language Teaching to Adults*, and carry out a substantial research project based on your own experiences of designing and delivering sessions for learners of English as an additional language.
  • Theories & Methodologies in TESOL: This module looks at the theory behind how English has been and is taught around the world.
  • Grammar & Phonetics for TESOL: An exploration of linguistic structures with particular reference to their use by speakers of English as a second or additional language.
  • Language & Identities: How do we use language to express our various identities and how do other people judge us?

Teaching & Assessment

Modules on the Linguistics and TESOL programme vary from large lectures supported by smaller group seminars, to interactive classes and workshops. All modules are supported by materials hosted on the University’s virtual learning environment, and assessment methods include essays, reports, data analyses, online tests, class tests, peer reviews, research project planning and implementation, and presentations. There is only one formal examination on the programme, in the second semester of year one, for the compulsory module 1LL207 Language Structure: Grammar.

Academic and research skills are embedded in modules, for example, academic writing and referencing, peer review, use of web based resources for document sharing, and the use of wikis and blogs which appear in the core module, 1LL210 Introduction to English Language and Linguistics.

University support staff are well integrated into our programme, for example, a representative from careers contributes to our academic tutorials from first year onwards, and the library also contribute sessions on research and referencing over the three years of the programme.

At level 5, if you choose to study abroad, your academic and personal skills will be developed whilst studying in a foreign institution where you will experience different teaching, learning and assessment practices from those at York St John University. You will learn to rise to the challenges of living and studying abroad and you will return a more confident and mature student enriched by the immersion in another culture.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject (and languages in general). This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study, relevant work experience and wider reading.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Further study e.g. additional languages
  • Discussion of future career plans in the field of TESOL
  • Demonstrating relevant transferable skills
  • Extra-curricular activities such as relevant conference/lecture attendance (e.g. English Language & Linguistics Colloquium Series
  • Becoming a member of appropriate societies
  • Subscribing to (or reading) relevant journals/magazines
  • Being involved in overseas exchange programmes

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Study abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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