Education and TEFL BA (Hons)

About the course

This course offers you a unique opportunity to combine study of education with English language content - leading to a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualification and giving you access to significant graduate opportunities for a rewarding and fulfilling career either in the UK or overseas.

You’ll gain a deep understanding of the sociology, psychology and philosophy which underpin current educational thinking and practice, combined with specialist skills in teaching the English language. The TEFLi qualification is recognised by the British Council Accreditation Scheme and will open up to you a world of graduate opportunities.

With this qualification you could follow a dream to travel and work overseas (there is a potential for an overseas placement if you choose the Professional Placement Year option), embark on a teaching career by proceeding to further study with a Primary or Secondary QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) course, or explore education support roles in schools or with EAL (English as an Additional Language) education for adults or children.

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  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - X320
  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time | Part-time day

Why choose this course?

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Unit Information - What Will I Learn?

Units

  • Academic Discourse (LNG024-1) Compulsory
  • An Introduction To Linguistics And Phonetics (LNG029-1) Compulsory
  • Early Child Psychology (EDC054-1) Compulsory
  • Narratives Of Childhood (EDC048-1) Compulsory
  • Sounds, Words And Grammar (LNG026-1) Compulsory
  • Children And Young People In The Digital Age (EDC069-2) Compulsory
  • Deschooling (EDC061-2) Compulsory
  • Learning And Assessment In Elt (LNG021-2) Compulsory
  • Second Year Research Project (LNG022-2) Compulsory
  • The Lifelong Curriculum (EDC067-2) Compulsory
  • Applying Linguistics (LNG023-2) Optional
  • Exploring Grammar (LNG025-2) Optional
  • Dissertation In Teaching English As A Foreign Language (Tefl) (LNG021-3) Compulsory
  • Perspectives On Pedagogy And Behaviour (EDC210-3) Compulsory
  • Second Language Learning And Language Teaching (LNG023-3) Compulsory
  • Beyond Professionalism (EDC203-3) Optional
  • Children And Young People¿S Wellbeing (EDC204-3) Optional
  • Children¿S Literature (EDC205-3) Optional
  • Contemporary Debates In Education, Childhood And Youth (EDC206-3) Optional
  • Technology Enhanced Education (EDC217-3) Optional

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods is used throughout the course. Assessment tasks include: essays, presentations, e-portfolios, journals, examinations, research projects, teaching practice and portfolios of practical tasks. In encouraging your independence as a learner, the assessments in level 5 and 6 lay greater emphasis on your ability to conduct your own research both in the literature and in collecting and analysing your own data. For each assessment you will be given detailed, constructive and timely feedback. You should find that assessments are not to be thought of as just an exercise to allow your work to be graded but as an opportunity to learn and to develop your skills.


The culmination of the course is your level 6 dissertation which entails designing and implementing a research project from start to finish on a TEFL-related educational topic of your choice. You are prepared for this through a smaller scale research project in level 5 and simple data collection in the first year.


Part-time students will typically take 60 credits of units in each academic year, spread equally across each semester but will be advised by their personal tutor and/or course co-ordinator on which order it is best to take units to give academic coherency.


The overall purposes of assessment in this course are to:


1. Objectively to measure your achievements against the specified learning outcomes of the unit and course (summative).

2. To assist student learning by providing appropriate feedback on performance (formative).

3. To provide a reliable and consistent basis for boards of examiners to determine the progression of, and conferment of achievement.

Entry requirements

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The BA (Hons) Education and TEFL degree introduces you to career planning gradually, starting in the first year and becoming increasingly prominent in the second and final year. We work closely with representatives of the University Careers and Employability team and deliver joint career development workshops as part of the course. Course tutors organise joint workshops as part of the course with career advisors to help you plan your graduate career or postgraduate study plans.

Over the duration of the course, subject knowledge and the skills you develop are immediately transferable to the workplace. Teaching English as a foreign language requires a measure of confidence, punctuality, reliability, commitment, and initiative. Sensitivity to communication patterns and how they can vary has broad appeal in most professional contexts as well as education. Indeed, after subject expertise, communication skills are highly valued by employers across a wide range of professions.

As well as assessing knowledge and abilities, the range of assessment tasks you encounter is designed to authentically replicate the realities and demands of a TEFL practitioner. The opportunity to gain a professional teaching status at the same time as your degree gives you a distinct edge when it comes to your first graduate position. Your more wide knowledge of education will help you contextualise the teaching scenarios that you are experiencing in your early career.


Students who register for the degree with professional practice year will additionally attend a series of workshops and activities related to securing a suitable placement and compulsory briefings at the end of year 2 to ensure that all legal requirements for health and safety, safeguarding etc. training have been met,. This will be explained more fully in your professional practice handbook once you have registered with the Careers and Employability Services Student Development and Awards Team in your first year. If you will be working with children and/or vulnerable people you will be required to have a DBS check and undertake Safeguarding and Prevent training.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more


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 undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

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 undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

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 undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19 is £11,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

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

Facilities

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).

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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