University of St Andrews
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) PgCert
University of St Andrews

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

The PG Certificates are part-time courses studied over a period of one to five years and are run by the International Education Institute. They are designed to be particularly useful to experienced English language teachers as part of their continuous professional development, as well as those considering a career in English language teaching.

All PG Cert students take four modules. If you choose to study for the PG Cert without a specialism, you choose any four modules to shape your studies and explore your own interests. If you choose to study for the PG Cert with a specialism in a particular field, you also take:

  • Action Research for Teachers

  • the relevant module for your specialism

  • two other modules of your choice.

Highlights Focus your studies in your particular area of interest and gain a better theoretical and practical understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing practitioners in the field. Join experienced practitioners and scholars in the English language teaching community, with opportunities to be involved in ongoing professional development events and the annual English for Academic Purposes (EAP) conference. Integrate theory and practice – discuss theoretical concepts and frameworks in small groups and apply these through practical assessments and peer teaching sessions.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Recent Graduate Discount: The University of St Andrews offers a 10 percent reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for students who have graduated during the last three years and are now starting a postgraduate programme. Further details on awards are avai
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A good 2.1 Honours degree in any discipline or significant professional or other relevant experience alongside evidence of prior alternative learning such as professional qualifications or certifications. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements. Some students may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL) based on their previous studies, such as DELTA. The International Education Institute considers applications for RPL on a case by case basis in line with the University's recognition of prior learning policy. To confirm the exact amount of credit you could be awarded, please forward your relevant transcript to [email protected]. English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications. The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.


Tuition Fees Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) PgCert

England UK £3000
Northern Ireland £3000
Wales £3000
Channel Islands £3000
EU £3000 year 1
Scotland £3000 year 1
International £6160 year 1

Additional fee information

The fees shown are for 2019/0 entry. Fees for 2020/1 will be released later in the session.

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.

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About University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is located in the historic county of Fife, Scotland. Teaching at this institution began in the year of 1410, making it one of the oldest universities not just in Scotland, but also in the English-speaking world. St Andrews has repeatedly been ranked among the top universities in the United Kingdom by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, ensuring prospective students that they can expect an experience that satisfies their desire to learn and excel.

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