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PGCert Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Distance Learning)

Are you interested in a career in English language teaching? Are you already an early-career teacher of English and want to advance your professional standing? Then join the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Distance Learning) programme from University of Birmingham.

Quick Facts

Part-Time Duration: 1.5 years
Starting in: February, April, July, October, December
Tuition Fee: £1,220 per module
Location: Online

Our popular Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed for practising teachers of English as a second or foreign language who wish to continue to develop their professional knowledge and skills, in particular their knowledge of classroom methodology and materials design.

We explore different approaches to the teaching and learning of English and study the close relationship between language teaching theory and practice. The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Distance Learning) programme from University of Birmingham encourages you to use the concepts and theories that you encounter during your course of study in your own classroom.

Delivered part-time and by distance learning, the programme allows you to study alongside other commitments. You will be provided with a set of interactive course materials to complete in part-time, self-study mode over a period of 18 months.

Courses included:

  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Syllabus and Materials Design
  • Lexis
  • Pedagogic Grammar

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology

Why study this course?

  • Flexibility – we have multiple start dates throughout the year so you have the option of choosing when to commence your studies with us. You can study at home, in your own time and at your own pace, so you can combine achieving a qualification with other commitments. You also have the benefit of developing your career without having to leave employment.
  • Upgrade to an MA – Once you have completed the programme, you also have the opportunity to continue your studies on our MA TESOL by Distance Learning if you wish.
  • Study from anywhere in the world – You can access the online course material from anywhere in the world, so if you change jobs or even move countries, it is possible to continue your studies.
  • Real life application – you can begin to apply new knowledge and insights to your working life whilst you are still studying. Many students choose to tackle work-related topics in their dissertations.
  • Opportunity to attend our summer school – you will be able to attend one of our summer schools in Birmingham, Japan or Korea to learn more about the discipline and meet with academics and other students on the programme. We also run training events such as inductions and workshops for our students in some Asian countries.
  • Access to excellent resources – you will also have free access to a range of online resources and corpora held at the Centre for Corpus Research. You will also have access to the resources such as the Academic Writing Advisory Service and the Bank of Assessed Work to help with transitioning to postgraduate studies. We also have an extensive and growing range of books and journals available through the University’s online library.
  • Personal tutor – as a distance student you will have your own personal tutor whose job it is to guide and support you through the programme. He or she will be on hand to answer questions regarding the content of your programme and give advice on what to read and on writing your assignments.


We usually ask for a good Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, or equivalent professional experience. Consideration will be given to a Certificate in Education from a Teacher Training College (three-year course). Please provide details of any current and/or previous employment in your application; it is always helpful to include a current CV but please complete the relevant sections of the application form as well.

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