Aberystwyth University
English Studies and TESOL (with integrated foundation year) BA (Hons)
Aberystwyth University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

If you're passionate about all aspects of English, the BA English Studies and TESOL (with integrated foundation year) at Aberystwyth University could be the course for you. Not only will you study literature across the ages, but you will also analyse the use of language and explore writing for different creative purposes. While gaining practical skills and theoretical knowledge, you will develop your understanding of the English language and language acquisition. Equipped with these skills, you will be all set to teach English as a second language, if that is the path you choose.

Whatever you decide for the future, the breadth of this course will enhance your career prospects. You will grow professionally and open-up a wealth of employment opportunities. Graduates who have a firm grasp of language, who know how to communicate and can teach others are highly valued by employers all over the world.

Why English Studies and TESOL (with integrated foundation year) at Aberystwyth University? Aberystwyth is a small town with a big heart and a cosmopolitan outlook. As a vibrant and friendly University, we attract students from all corners of the world, and the intimate atmosphere makes it a great place to get to know people. You will be able to indulge your passion for English as you study modules that cover the three broad areas of literature, creative writing and language, with optional modules ranging from The Beginning of the English Language to Contemporary Writing. Once you get the core English teaching modules under your belt, you will have the option to take a standalone, International English Centre summer course which will lead to a separate professional qualification – the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - in addition to your degree. Even if you’re not sure about teaching, gaining the Certificate would be a good addition to your portfolio of skills. The Department of English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University is ranked top 10 in the UK for student experience in the subject area of Creative Writing (Good University Guide, The Times & The Sunday Times, 2018) and top 3 in the UK for overall student satisfaction for the subject of Literature in English (National Student Survey 2020). You will benefit from our unique collaborative relationship with Aberystwyth Arts Centre – an on-campus facility that is an excellent resource for staff and students alike – as well as unlimited access to the National Library of Wales (one of the UK’s five copyright libraries). You can be confident that whatever career path you choose after graduation, this course will set you up for a successful future.

What will I learn? In your first year, you will study Critical Practice, Creative Practice, and Language Awareness for TESOL. Optional modules may include: American Literature 1819-1925; The Beginning of the English Language; Ancestral Voices; To Boldly Go: Reading Star Trek; Contemporary Writing; Literature and the Sea; Introduction to Poetry. In your second year, you will study Literary Theory: Debates and Dialogues, Approaches, methods, and teaching techniques in TESOL. Optional modules may include: A Century in Crisis; Beginning the Novel; Adventures with Poetry; Linguistics for Literary Analysis; Grit and Candour: Writing Short Stories; Writing Crime Fiction. In your third year, you will take the following core modules: Undergraduate Dissertation or The Writing Project; Materials Development and the Application of Technologies, and you will choose from optional modules that include: Writing in the Margins; Writing and Place; Romantic Eroticism; Haunting Texts; Writing Science Fiction. The core modules in your final year are the perfect culmination to your studies as they allow you to undertake independent research projects supervised by a subject specialist. These modules are excellent preparation for further study.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 50 graduates of English Studies and TESOL (with integrated foundation year) BA (Hons) at Aberystwyth University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in English Studies.

Overall student satisfaction
97 /100
50 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of English Studies and TESOL (with integrated foundation year) BA (Hons) at Aberystwyth University

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of English Studies and TESOL (with integrated foundation year) BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £18500 £18000 £21000
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £20000 £14000 - £22500 £17000 - £27000

Salary of all UK Graduates of English Studies

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21850 £21848 £25723
25-75 percentile range £18425 - £24975 £16831 - £26456 £19683 - £31792

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of English Studies and TESOL (with integrated foundation year) BA (Hons) at Aberystwyth University

15% Customer service occupations
15% Teaching Professionals
15% Elementary occupations
15% Artistic, literary and media occupations
10% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
10% Sales occupations
5% Media Professionals
5% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
5% Business and public service associate professionals
0% Librarians and Related Professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
Cambridge English Advanced
Cambridge English Proficiency
IELTS (Academic) 6 With minimum 5.5 in each component.
PTE Academic 55 With minimum score of 51 in any component.
TOEFL (iBT) 88 With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that wit
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Tuition Fees English Studies and TESOL (with integrated foundation year) BA (Hons)

England UK £9000 year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 year 1
Scotland £9000 year 1
Wales £9000 year 1
Channel Islands £9000 year 1
Ireland £9000 year 1
EU £14300 year 1
International £14300 year 1

Additional fee information

The UK and Welsh Governments have confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in the academic year 2021/22 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. Fees for EU students will therefore be charged in line with international fees from 2021/22 onwards.

Please note Irish nationals will continue to be eligible for home fee status and support by the Welsh Government under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Aberystwyth University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Aberystwyth University in related subject specific rankings.

Languages & Literature

    • #4 
    • #87 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

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About Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University (Aber) was founded in 1872 in Aberystwyth, Wales. This university has earned itself an impressive array of awards in various domains, including in teaching standards and post-graduate employability. Whether you enjoy walking by the beach or visiting the historic town centre, Aberystwyth is a superb option for those students looking for a quiet place to focus on their academic goals.

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