BA TESOL and Spanish with a Year Abroad

2018 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We expect to have a limited number of places available for Late, Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2018 on a range of programmes.  Entry requirements might vary from those shown below.  For information on vacancies and applying late or through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2018 Clearing and Adjustment pages

Course Overview

Study a TESOL and Spanish degree with a Year Abroad explore teaching English as a foreign language theory and practice, language teaching methodology, vocabulary, grammar and meaning, psycholinguistics, first and second language acquisition and discourse analysis. Learn Spanish language, culture, and fiction as well as vocational themes in translation and language teaching. You will have a year abroad in Spain where you can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business. Come and join us!

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

Why study a TESOL and Spanish degree with a Year Abroad?

  • TESOL is ranked 7th in the UK for research (REF 2014) and in the Top-15 for graduate prospects (Times and Sunday Times 2018)
  • In year 2, you have option of taking the internationally recognised Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), a professional qualification for teachers of English as a foreign language. Places are limited, subject to academic progression and students will have to undertake an interview process similar to PGCE interview.  You will only pay the exam fee, currently £140
  • Your study abroad will enhance your student experience and career prospects
  • You can develop programming skills through computer-assisted language learning materials and receive training in research methods including reporting and analysis of data
  • Our TESOL and Spanish Graduates have careers in education, teaching English as a foreign language, business, journalism, media and public relations, law and Speech and Language Therapy.  Salary scale: £20,000-£42,000
  • 96% of Graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
  • Take a look at our blog http://english-language-tesol.swan.ac.uk or follow us on Twitter: @Swansea_AppLing Find out more about languages via blog
  • Welsh medium modules are available. 
  • Find out more about scholarships.
  • Take a virtual tour of the campus here.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ALE108Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language Teaching Methodology
Optional Modules
COMPULSORY MODULES 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select the following two compulsory modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
AND
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Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
TESOL Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : • You must take one of ALE200, ALE204 or ALE225. • ALE204 and ALE225 are subject to interview prior to module selection. • You can NOT choose both ALE204 and ALE225. • You can NOT choose ALE200 if you have chosen either ALE204 or ALE225.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and PracticeCannot be taken with ALE204 and ALE225
ALE202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sociolinguistics
ALE204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Teaching Practice (CELTA) ASubject to interview, cannot be taken with ALE200 and ALE225
ALE211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Psycholinguistics
ALE218Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discourse Analysis
ALE224Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vocabulary Studies
ALE225Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Practice (CELTA) BSubject to interview, cannot be taken with ALE200 and ALE204
ALE250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First Language Acquisition
EN-260Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Dialect
AND

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Sandwich Year

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 120 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-R00Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Year Abroad (Languages, Translation and Interpreting)

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ALE308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Issues in current ELT
Optional Modules
TESOL Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : • Joint honours students wishing to take a dissertation/ research project in TESOL must seek permission of the programme director prior to selection. • If chosen, ALE318 must be taken in conjunction with ALE317. • ALE317 does not have to be taken with ALE318.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Second Language Acquisition
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
ALE317Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Research Project Preparation (Linguistics)
ALE318Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Project (Linguistics)
ALE319Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Computer-Assisted Language Learning
EN-376Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prehistory, History and Language
AND
AND

Description

Our TESOL and Spanish course with a Year Abroad offers...

You will study how to engage with the essential principles and methodologies for EFL teaching, how to examine current issues in communicative language teaching and how we learn our first language and subsequent languages. You will study the rich diversity of language, culture, film, literature, history, translation and language teaching.  The year abroad enhances your study and career prospects as you will experience studying and living in Europe as part of your degree programme.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB at A Level (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. Students should have a B grade at GCSE in a relevant language. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including BTEC Diploma DMM; International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,600

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

The typical cost is for CELTA £1430 but TESOL students only pay the exam fee, currently £140. 

Student Quotes

"I chose to study at Swansea University because the range of subjects offered suited my interests. I spent my third year teaching English language in a school in Gran Canaria. I enjoyed every minute of it. I developed my Spanish language skills and also had the opportunity to work and travel. I chose Swansea University because of its location. It is close to the park, the beach and near to a vibrant city centre where there is lots of nightlife. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying at Swansea; the course and the year abroad in Gran Canaria have given me a thirst to travel and use the skills and experience I have gained during the past four years.”

Ross Clarke


I thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of modules on offer. The most important thing was the level of support from my lecturers. They all worked exceptionally hard, not just on a professional level, but also on a personal level to make sure I was comfortable, understood everything and worked to the best of my potential. I have reprised my role as an English teacher in China and also opened my own English school using the advice and training I received on my course. In my contracted employment I teach middle school and kindergarten, two jobs which before my degree I did not have the confidence to teach. However, armed with the knowledge I acquired, teaching is much easier and meaningful for both myself and my students.

Graham O'Donoghue


Research

The Department of Applied Linguistics has a strong research profile in a number of specialist areas. These include vocabulary studies, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, pragmatics and language teaching pedagogy. These are reflected in many of the modules offered in this degree scheme

We have recently invested in an Applied Linguistics research lab, including an eye-tracker and reaction time software. Students will have the opportunity to use these facilities during their dissertations, depending on topic chosen.

Our staff are members of the Language Research Centre (LRC)a global hub for single, inter- and multi- disciplinary empirical research into language data and processes. It draws together academics and postgraduate researchers from across Swansea University and connects their activities with those of the Centre’s global network of Associate Members and distance learning doctoral students. 

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

97.4 per cent* of English and TESOL Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. English at Swansea is ranked 2nd for graduate prospects in The Guardian Good University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in English and TESOL will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, social media, and project administration, working for companies such as:

  • Jobs Growth Wales
  • BUSINESS WIRE UK
  • Cardiff Council

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA TESOL/TEFL
  • MA Creative Writing
  • MA Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of English and TESOL. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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