A 2:1 or equivalent undergraduate degree in a related discipline (English language, linguistics, language teaching, education, TESOL/TEFL, Translation) is normally required. However, applications from candidates with a 2:2 will also be considered on an individual basis. Prior teaching-related work experience will also be taken into account for applicants with a 2:2. A clearly demonstrated interest in TEFL is important and whilst some teaching experience is an advantage, it is not an essential requirement.
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
Obtaining a visa can be a lengthly process. Please allow sufficient time to obtain your visa. Find out more about the visa requirements and process
English Language requirements
International applicants will need to provide evidence of English proficiency. An IELTS 6.5 or other equivalent English language qualification is required for entry to this programme
English language support - before your course starts
The University offers Presessional English courses for students who wish to improve their knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for academic study at the University of Birmingham. Students with conditional offers have the option of attending one of these courses instead of retaking IELTS .
English language support - during your studies
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.