Bilingualism in Education

MEd/Postgraduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Certificate

Start date
September
Duration
MEd – 3 years PT; PGDip – 2 years PT; PGCert – 1 year PT
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught
Fees

2020-2021
£2,625 PGCert/PGDip (Home/EU)
£3,083 MEd (Home/EU)
£6,150 (Overseas)

The Bilingualism in Education is a part-time distance learning programme, aimed at teachers and educational practitioners working with multilingual children and young people in multicultural schools.

Delivered in partnership with http://www.nassea.org.uk/professional-development/ our Bilingualism in Education programme will help you to work more effectively in your role with children and young people learning English as an additional or second language. 

Our Bilingualism in Education programme is aimed at teachers and educational practitioners working with multilingual children and young people in multicultural schools. You will study the programme on a part-time distance learning basis.

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 programme 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 

Download information on all the postgraduate study programmes in the School of Education (PDF)

 

Modules

First Year Modules

Introduction to Bilingualism in Education

Academic Language and Learning for Bilingual Learners

Teaching and Learning in EAL 

Second Year Modules

For the first module in the second year students can choose from either ‘Bilingualism and Special Needs’, or ‘Portfolio of Practice’. The second module in the second year is ‘Management and Leadership in EAL’.

Bilingualism and Special Needs 

or

Portfolio of Practice

Management and Leadership in EAL

Those completing the PGDip do a school based study in term 6 and those following an MEd complete a research module in preparation for their dissertation.

Fees

Fees 2020 - 2021 NASSEA funded students

Home/EU

  • Code 6371 PGCert £2,625
  • Code 6370 PGDip £2,625
  • Code 6369 MEd £3,083

Overseas

  • Code 6371 PGCert £6,150
  • Code 6370 PGDip £6,150
  • Code 6369 MEd £6,150

Learn more about fees and funding

Fees for distance learning programmes are based on students studying 60 credits per year. The fees shown above are the first year fees for students starting their courses September in 2020. 

For further information contact the School directly or contact the Funding, Graduation & Awards Office via online enquiries. 

Scholarships and Loans

A postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK provides up to £10,906 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas including part-time and distance learning. 


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

How To Apply

Please note that the deadline is 30th June 2020.

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

Applicants are required to have a first degree in a related field such as education, development or policy but individuals from a range of educational and professional backgrounds are considered.

A clearly demonstrated interest in education is important and whilst some teaching experience is an advantage, it is not an essential requirement for entry. However, it is essential to have professional access to working with learners with English as an additional or second language for the duration of the programme.  

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English language support - during your studies

Birmingham International Academy (BIA) provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham.  Services include Open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials through CANVAS, email answers to quick questions and individual one to one tutorials.  For a small fee, BIA also offers classes for partners of international postgraduate students and staff, social events including day trips and HOST visits.  

International Requirements


You will have a personal tutor in a regional tutor group, which meets on a regular basis. Study is supported through study packs, tutorial groups, telephone and email contact which will allow students to learn with each other. There is an optional university based programme launch day on 28 September 2019.

 

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.