English Language for Education

University of Manchester, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, Faculty of Humanities

Course Options
  • BAFull-timeSeptember3 yearsGBP 17000 year
Course Information

This is a unique degree, focusing specifically on English language and its connections with education. It will provide you with an understanding of the current issues and theories within the fields of both English language and education, as well as seeing how the two interrelate.

You will explore language use, the nature of spoken and written communication, educational issues, and how language reflects and impacts upon wider society and culture. Maybe you have a strong interest in how people learn, either culturally, socially or psychologically. Or maybe you love studying contemporary English language and want to find out how it can be applied across a range of real-world settings. You will also explore the psychology and sociology of learning, as well as examining public policy in relation to issues of access, fairness and social justice.

We pride ourselves on close staff-student relationships, small-group teaching and guided, one-to-one supervision. You are encouraged to develop knowledge in areas that are of specific interest to you, through selecting optional course units and your choice of a research project for your final-year dissertation.

Entry Requirements For This Course


Grades AAB - BBB. There are no specific subjects required but a modern or classical language, English Language, Psychology or Communication Studies is an advantage. General Studies is welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer.


Two AS levels are not accepted in place of one A level.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.


English Language at grade C or above (Grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSEs in England).

Key Skills qualification

The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.

International Baccalaureate

32 points overall with 6,6,5 - 5,5,5 at Higher level

English language

Students whose first language or language of instruction is not English may be asked to provide evidence of fluency in English by achieving scores in English language tests as follows: IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0, TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other subsections, Pearson PTE overall score of 62 with a minimum score of 62 in writing and 55 in the other subsections or Cambridge CAE grade A or Cambridge CPE grade C.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Irish Leaving Certificate


Scottish Highers


Scottish Advanced Highers

Grades AAB - BBB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Grade A-B in advanced core, in conjunction with two A-levels, at grades AB-BB.

European Baccalaureate

Overall grade 70-83%

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

BTEC Extended Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with a minimum of 100 credits awarded atDistinction, 70 at Merit and the remaining 10 credits at Pass or above - BTEC Extended Diploma with a minimum of 170 credits at Merit and the remaining 10 credits at Pass or above.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma Grade A at A level plus the BTEC Diploma with a minimum of 60 credits awarded at Distinction, 50 credits at Merit and 10 credits at Pass - Grade B at A level plus the BTEC Diploma with a minimum of 110 credits awarded at Merit and 10 credits at Pass.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma with a Distinction plus AB at A Level - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma with a Merit plus BB at A Level.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3. 15 credits at Distinction plus a minimum of 24 credits at Merit. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Advanced Placement tests

The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Cambridge Pre-U

Both the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, and Principal Subjects in combination with A levels, are accepted by the School of Education. For admissions purposes grade D3 will be considered comparable to grade A at A level and grade M1 comparable to grade B at A level.

Advanced/Progression Diploma

The University welcomes applicants who are studying the Level 3 diplomas. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Non-standard educational routes

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Course Contact Details


SEED Recruitment & Admissions Office


+44 (0)161 275 0969