MA English Language Teaching


Program Description

Course details

We provide academic and professional development for English language practitioners looking to advance their careers in teaching.

You will gain practical classroom experience on the course through teaching in Leeds, teaching in your own workplace and/or through lesson observations. You will develop your ability to create multimedia resources and teaching materials through hands-on activities. There will be the opportunity to pursue a specialism, such as English as a second or another language, teaching English for Academic Purposes, teaching English to young learners, teacher training or English language teaching management.

We currently offer two routes of study:

Route One (Delta route)

This route is designed for experienced English language teachers with a high level of English, this route provides professional training and development with the option to enter for the widely recognised Cambridge Delta qualification. If you already have the Delta or an equivalent qualification, you will be able to top-up to a masters by starting in semester two.

Route two

Designed for the less experienced English language teacher who wants to gain a prestigious academic qualification in order to further their career, this route will enable you to gain insights into best practice through observing lessons either in person or on video, and you will reflect on your observations to develop an awareness of the principles and practice related to English language teaching. Teaching and Learning

Learning will take place through seminars, small group and individual tutorials, as well as independent learning. The course will include practical classroom experience and hands-on development of multi-media resources for English language teaching.


The assessments on the course aim to reflect real-life tasks for English language teaching professionals and include practical assignments such as developing resources, writing journal articles, giving conference presentations, reflecting on practice and analysing texts or language. The dissertation module involves a practical or research project related to English language teaching with a report or rationale. Route 1/Delta students will also complete the Cambridge ESOL assessments for Delta modules 1-3.

Course Benefits

Our highly qualified and expert team have many years of experience successfully training teachers and developing innovative materials including a range of multimedia resources.

English Language Teaching at Leeds Beckett University is an approved Cambridge Delta Centre. This highly renowned professional qualification confers TEFLQ status as defined by the British Council accreditation scheme.

Entry requirements

These are dependent on whether you are applying for Route One or Two.

Route One (Delta): Applicants should either have a second-class honours degree and at least two years' full-time (1200 hours) English Language Teaching experience within the last five years or have substantial English Language Teaching work experience. Applicants must be native English speakers or have an English language ability of at least IELTS 7.5 with no skill less than 7.0 (or equivalent). All applicants must pass a screening interview with the admissions tutor (who must be a Delta approved tutor for Cambridge purposes), involving a language awareness test and the submission and discussion of a lesson plan. In addition, an initial teacher training qualification such as the Cambridge CELTA or Trinity Cert TESOL is desirable.

Route Two (Non-Delta): Applicants should either have a second class honours degree or have substantial English Language Teaching work experience. All applicants should have an English language level of at least IELTS 6.0 with no skill less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional.

The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.


Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example, completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Job Prospects

You will have the skills and experience to be a more effective English language teacher, gain a promotion to a managerial position or enter a range of teaching-related careers, such as the writing and publishing of teaching materials and resources. You could also choose to further your studies and obtain a PhD in a related area.

  • English Language Teacher
  • Materials Writer
  • Director of Studies or another educational manager
  • Teacher Educator

Careers Advice

Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Fees & funding


The tuition fee for the year for students is £6500. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Exam Fee - you will need to pay the following Delta module exam fees: Module 1 - £114.00; Module 2 - £142.00; Module 3 - £80.00


The tuition fee for the year for students is £12500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Exam Fee - you will need to pay the following Delta module exam fees: Module 1 - £114.00; Module 2 - £142.00; Module 3 - £80.00



Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Dedicated Support Team

Just because you aren't learning on campus doesn't mean you'll have to cope on your own - you'll have the support of a personal tutor along with the University's Student Hub and Wellbeing Centre. They are on hand to offer you advice about everything from academic issues to stress and anxiety.

Gym and Sports Facilities

Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Studying at Leeds Beckett University you will be in the centre of an exhilarating community and be part of a social and economic environment that is shaping the city of Leeds for the future.

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