University of Birmingham

Bilingualism in Education, MEd/PgDip/PgCert

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
The Bilingualism in Education from University of Birmingham is a part-time distance learning programme, aimed at teachers and educational practitioners working with multilingual children and young people in multicultural schools. 

About

Delivered in partnership with The Northern Association of Support Services for Equality and Achievement (NASSEA), the programme will help you to work more effectively in your role with children and young people learning English as an additional or second language. 

The Bilingualism in Education programme from University of Birmingham aims to:

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of the language and learning needs of bilingual learners who are learning English as an additional language
  • Increase knowledge and practices of working across a diversity of cultures
  • Improve classroom practice in planning, implementing and evaluating the curriculum, taking into account the needs of bilingual learners
  • Enable students to develop more effective practices with bilingual learners with alleged special educational needs
  • Enable students to participate in, and evaluate interpersonal intervention with bilingual children with language learning and learning needs
Career Opportunities

The MEd/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Bilingualism in Education is ideal for graduates who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of the language and learning needs of bilingual learners who are learning English as an additional language. Upon completion of this course, you will have experience in planning, implementing and evaluating the curriculum across a diversity of cultures. 

There is the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of Education both within schools and in other settings, including progression to a PhD or EdD. The excellent careers advice provided by personal tutors has encouraged many of our graduates to successfully apply for leadership roles working with multilingual children and young people in multicultural schools. These include: teachers, education advisors, special educational needs coordinators and head teachers at international schools and managers of community and charitable organisations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Bilingualism in Education
  • Academic Language and Learning for Bilingual Learners
  • Teaching and Learning in EAL 
  • Bilingualism and Special Needs 
  • Portfolio of Practice
  • Management and Leadership in EAL

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      Duration: MEd – 3 years PT; PGDip – 2 years PT; PGCert – 1 year PT

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    88

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • to have a degree or to hold a diploma or other qualifications judged satisfactory for this purpose.
  • you must have successfully completed a programme of professional training.
  • you must have relevant experience.
  • the School may admit candidates with other qualifications and experience deemed suitable for entry to this programme of study.

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5430 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5430 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Home/EU

  • PGCert £2,550
  • PGDip £2,550

Overseas

  • PGCert £5,430
  • PGDip £5,430

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