English Language Teaching (Leadership and Management) - MA

About the course

This course is designed for experienced language teachers who want to become directors of studies/managers of ELT or language teaching and learning centres/institutions.

You will gain the knowledge and experience needed to carry out management and leadership duties, enhancing your career opportunities leading to a professional, postgraduate qualification.

You will gain a better understanding of management in education, and, in particular, in the international language teaching and learning (ELT and TEFL) industry, preparing you to play a leadership role in the management and coordination of ELT centres and language departments, second language materials development and language assessment.

English Language Teaching (Leadership and Management) - MA - Bedford Campus

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  • Course level - Postgraduate
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  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Study on an interdisciplinary course that combines the fields of language teaching and learning, teacher training management and leadership in an international context.
  • Gain relevant and practical teaching experience and professional practical experience with a work placement programme where you will meet home and international students at various levels in their career, enabling you to work in an international environment and learn from each other’s experiences.
  • Develop your understanding of English language teaching and learning in order to operate successfully in a management and leadership role and support others.
  • Learn from experienced lecturers and researchers whose expertise and research lie in the areas of ELT, Language Teaching and Learning and Assessment, Materials Development for Language Teaching and Learning, and Leadership Management in Education. They are also involved in consultancy work with colleges and schools preparing for acceptance into accreditation schemes and inspections.
  • Enhance your professional thinking and develop your own personal initiative as you conduct research in a specific area related to the fields of ELT, Management and Leadership.
  • Benefit from close links with our Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA), a world-famous centre in language testing and programme evaluation.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?


  • Dissertation In Applied Linguistics And Elt (LNG035-6) Compulsory
  • Educational Leadership In Context (EDC125-6) Compulsory
  • Exploring Research: Concepts And Methods (LNG004-6) Compulsory
  • Leading Change In Education (EDC127-6) Compulsory
  • The Methodology Of Language Teaching (LNG012-6) Compulsory
  • Assessment And Accreditation (LNG026-6) Optional
  • Materials Development For Language Teaching And Learning (LNG025-6) Optional
  • Professional Practices (LNG033-6) Optional

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How will I be assessed?

The assessment strategy underlines research and independent thinking, ability to make informed decisions and communicate these under time pressure. This is relevant to the intended learning outcomes of our programme.

Therefore, we use a variety of different tasks as part of our assessment in order to also reflect the interdisciplinary nature of this course. The following are some examples:

  • Academic papers,
  • Conference presentations,
  • Materials evaluation and production for language teaching and learning purposes;
  • Group work and individual work;
  • Small practical tasks,

Academic papers: the core unit LNG012-6 The Methodology of Language Teaching requires students to produce two academic papers, one of which is based on critically evaluating approaches and methods for language teaching and learning purposes. Students have to demonstrate their understanding of existing relevant literature using it to support/contrast their critical analysis of an approach of their choice.

Conference presentations: assessment for a few units includes oral presentations and two examples are: the oral presentation for the Professional Practices unit (please refer to relevant UIF), and the other includes an oral presentation of the students dissertation proposal as part of the annual postgraduate conference. This will count 10% towards the grade of the dissertation unit.

Materials evaluation and production for language teaching and learning purposes: Students are required to evaluate and produce materials for language teaching and learning purposes for at least two units offered as core in this course LNG012-6 The Methodology of Language Teaching and LNG025-6 Materials Development for Language Teaching and Learning (please refer to relevant UIFs).

Group work and individual work: there is a combination of group/pair assessment and individual work in the core and optional units offered in this programme.

Small practical tasks: the professional practices unit (option) for example LNG033-6 Professional Practices involves an actual work placement programme relevant to this course The above is all part of continuous assessment tasks, which will then be included in the final product, a report and an oral presentation which students normally produce at the end of the unit.

The culmination of the course consists of a single Dissertation in English Language Teaching (Leadership and Management). This unit is based on independent work and focuses on original research and on the application of knowledge to inform the investigation of problems and move towards resolution.

Entry requirements

For non-native speakers of English IELTS 6.0 overall, or equivalent, with no score lower than 5.5.

A good first degree, and/or a recognised TEFL/TESOL certificate and/or relevant teaching experience.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

This MA in English Language Teaching (Leadership and Management) offers opportunities for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as one of the main goals of this programme. It also acts as a way of providing you with advanced knowledge and skills to facilitate your employability and subsequent career development in management.

At the end of the course, you will have completed a needs analysis and career development plan. The course team will also give advice on job opportunities, and continuing staff development. You will also be expected to achieve the full professional standards necessary to prosper and manage a busy and successful language school/centre. This will be monitored throughout the units included in this programme under the guidance of lecturers and tutors. This programme offers, therefore, distinct career advantages through professional career developments and it caters for:

  • experienced language teachers seeking to add ELT Leadership and Management to their portfolio;
  • ELT teachers who want to further their career opportunities with ELT Leadership and Management;
  • those looking for a management position in ELT/ Language Teaching.

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and funding

  • The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £6,990 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

  • The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £12,000 per year

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.


Physical Education and Sports Science Centre

Sports Hall

The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and modern biological analysis laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

The sports hall is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

Together with its associated facilities it provides our trainee teachers and coaches with a superb environment in which to coach and teach pupils from local primary schools who are also benefiting from this new facility.

The sports hall is proud to host all Bedfordshire Bulls students' sports matches as well as national standard sporting events including British University College Sports championships – one of the few indoor sporting venues in the county to host prestigious tournaments all year round.

The facility also plays host to a number of University promoted Get into Sport activities which are open to all University students and staff.

Specialist labs

Our specialist labs give students a fantastic environment to develop their research skills and expertise, where a student can explore the biology of an elite athlete who could be performing simultaneously within the sports hall.

Few Sport Science courses in the country offer students such unique discipline leading research experience and skills, alongside intimate access to world leading researchers within their field. Students are regularly offered the opportunity to be involved within discipline defining Sport, Health and Exercise Science research

Our state-of-the-art laboratories are purpose built for research and teaching in the fields of exercise and nutrition science. This includes specialised equipment and facilities for assessing human health risk and delivering exercise and diet interventions for health promotion.

This includes:

  • Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone density and body fat content
  • BodPod and underwater weighing tank for body composition assessment
  • Environmental chamber that controls temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels in the air
  • Wet lab for assessing metabolic and hormone markers in blood

Our £8m Physical Education and Sport Science Centre was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

Theatre and dance studio facilities

  • 280 seat theatre
  • 80 studio theatre
  • Four fully-sprung dance studios
  • Dance studios equipped with ballet bars, mirrors, audio playback, internet and projection
  • Large dressing rooms with en suite showers
  • A scenery workshop reserved solely for student productions
  • Large 6m by 12m white Cyclorama screen for projection and lighting
  • State of the art HD projectors
  • Full backstage comms system with audio and video relay
  • Extensive lantern stock including Led fixtures, strobes and moving lights
  • State-of-the-art, industry-standard lighting and sound consoles
  • Built in media desk and roll-down screen

Gateway Building

Opened in January 2015 the Gateway is an impressive building featuring high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre); as well as a new student services centre.

Campus Centre

Campus Centre featuring a 280-seat professional theatre, dance studios, a fairtrade café and social space for students.

Accommodation at Bedford

For on-campus student accommodation choose from luxury living at Liberty Park's modern en-suite study bedrooms or the Student Village which offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and en-suite rooms with a private shower. All have fully-equipped kitchens. Our rooms are on-campus and have easy access to the town centre and train station.

Subjects studied at Bedford campus

  • Primary Education
  • Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
  • Education Studies
  • Physical Education and Sport Studies
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Accounting and Business Management
  • Performing Arts and Dance
  • Social Work

Bedford town location

The Bedford campus is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. The University offers a free bus service for staff and students that runs between Bedford town centre and the campus.

Directions to Bedford campus

Bedford offers excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The town connects by train to Luton (20 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

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