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


Course Code

UCAS Code: QX31
International Code: AHU105


Coventry University (Coventry)


Study mode



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

Start date

September 2023

We are reviewing this course for 2023-24 entry and the validated module information will be added shortly. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.

Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

Teaching English as a foreign language can be fun, challenging, hugely rewarding, and can enable you to see the world and meet new people.

  • You will have opportunities to develop skills in teaching English to young learners (primary and secondary), teaching English to adults as well as teaching English online.
  • This course can equip you with vital skills in English language, literature and authentic teaching practice so you can provide an immersive and engaging educational experience.
  • You may have opportunities for working with charities and NGOs to help improve the English skills of those coming to the UK to study, work and live2.
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

Our course provides you with the opportunity for the following:

  • Upon successful completion, gain a teaching qualification by the end of the second year: The Cambridge Assessment accredited1 Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) or Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT). These qualifications allow you to apply for positions in particular countries overseas or in the UK as an English language teacher.
  • Develop a thorough grounding in English language and literature, critical thinking, and skills in analytical, written and spoken communication, which is key in almost any career.
  • We currently have significant links with a wide variety of employers such as secondary schools, magazines, newspapers and local charities, many of whom may offer professional experience opportunities2.
  • Gain authentic experience of teaching learners of English. A large component of the assessment in Year Two is centred on teaching practice with learners attending specially arranged classes at the university. In addition, in Year Two you will have the opportunity to try teaching online.
  • Apply for a year’s work placement or an optional enhancement year, which has led previous students to work as English teachers with the British Council in Spain and France or at participating universities in China, for example2.

How you'll learn

Teaching contact hours

We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which can include:

  • On campus lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group work
  • Self-directed learning
  • Work placement opportunities.

If you would like more information, you can request information about teaching hours.

Part of university life is undertaking self-directed learning. During a typical week you will have time that allows you to work independently to apply the skills and knowledge you have learnt in taught or facilitated sessions to your projects or assignment briefs.  This self-directed learning allows you to use your research skills, consolidate your knowledge or undertake collaborative group work. 

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.


This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods can include:

  • Formal examinations
  • Phase tests
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Individual Assignments

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.  

International experience opportunities

This course is focused on supporting your skills development so you are able to teach English all over the world. Our curriculum explores a range of different cultures and contexts through modules such as Language and Globalisation and Language and Society.

You will be given opportunities to engage with international students at home and abroad through online projects with students at international partner universities.

We strongly encourage you to broaden your theoretical, cultural and practical references, and we provide opportunities for you to live, study and work abroad on a placement year2. For example, you can study English at Limoges in France, or teach English in Spain or China.

There are volunteering schemes available where you can mentor overseas students in Coventry and be their ‘English buddy’. You may also be able to attend scholarly talks by overseas visitors, which have previously included academics from China, France and Spain.

You can enjoy a whole host of cultural and multilingual activities, such as the international film club and the French and Spanish conversation clubs.

Please note that all UK and international experience opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting applicable visa and travel requirements and are therefore not guaranteed2.

I have developed skills such as: leadership, patience, team-building and the ability to improvise and adapt to different situations outside of my comfort zone. Definitely seize the opportunity, it is life changing. 

Terri-Rhiannon Anguish, BA (Hons) Spanish and TEFL graduate of 2020
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Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2023 entry

Requirement What we're looking for
A level BBC
GCSE Minimum 5 GCSE's graded 9-4 including English*
IB Diploma 29 points

* Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the Course Director. For further information on what might amount to ‘specified equivalents’ please contact the Course Director or the Recruitment and Admissions team.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Additional Information: applicants may be invited to attend an interview.

Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

Fair Access Scheme

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)

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 on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

Student Full time Part time
UK TBC per year Not available
International TBC per year Not available

If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


Students will benefit from studying on our well-equipped, modern campus. Our aim is to offer you sector-leading facilities4.

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Building Redevelopment

We are currently in the process of a major redevelopment of our Faculty of Arts and Humanities buildings. The building will be open to the public, as well as students, and will feature an expansive gallery space.

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The Library

You will benefit from our support designed to help you succeed and our industry-relevant teaching and resources. These include our modern library and computing facilities, dedicated careers advice and Students’ Union.

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Confucius Institute

The School of Humanities is home to the Confucius Institute. This is a collaboration created through a partnership with Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, which aims to promote an understanding of the Chinese language and culture.

Careers and opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in language teaching and learning to be effective teachers of English in the communities they go on to work in. 
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of literary works from selected periods, geographic regions and genres 
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the history, evolution, spread, and nature of the English language  
  • Analyse and critically assess a range of theoretical approaches used in literary, language and pedagogy studies  
  • Identify, apply and critically evaluate a range of teaching materials in order to meet learners’ needs. 
  • Interrogate and critically analyse the arguments of others and to formulate and construct critical arguments of their own. 
  • Reflect critically and analytically on their own and others' teaching practice in order to continue developing classroom-related skills. 
  • Research subject-based materials to an advanced standard using specialist digital tools and methods 
  • Communicate effectively in professional, academic and social contexts, and across a range of mediums including in person, on paper and online. 

Once the course is successfully completed, 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.

Our Talent Team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course-specific industries. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur. (Talent Team and enterprise officers are subject to availability)

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates of the course have gone on to work for language service providers abroad as well as in the UK, and some have trained as school teachers through Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes.

Further study

After two years of successful full-time teaching experience, you may wish to consider the opportunity to take the higher level Diploma in English Language Teaching (DELTA). 

You can choose to continue your studies at Coventry University with the English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics MA or the English and Education Management MA You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study

The English panel and principal were happy with my performance! I just want to say thank you to the teaching staff at Coventry – I used the teaching techniques and tips that they taught me during the lessons that were not common in Hong Kong; the principal was surprised that I was able to carry out different language activities even though I haven't studied PGCE.

Chun Wong, English and TEFL BA (Hons) graduate of 2017 and now a teacher at a primary school in Hong Kong.
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How to apply

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  • 1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.