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Bachelor of Education in Languages

Bachelor of Education in Languages
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

CAO points history:
Course code:
4 Years

† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.
Course leader:
Dr. Jennifer Hennessy
Email: Tel:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015

About You

If you are considering a career in teaching and have a strong interest in languages, this may be the course for you. This four-year programme attracts students who have excellent communication skills, and are strongly motivated and passionate about languages teaching.

Why study Bachelor of Education in Languages at UL?        

UL's School of Education is the largest post-primary teacher education provider in the state and is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Education programmes. University of Limerick is also ranked within the top 75 universities in Europe for excellence in teaching and learning.

The aim of the programme is to educate teachers and equip them with the skills and aptitudes for a successful career as a languages teacher. Graduates from the programme will be qualified to teach their chosen languages at both Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate level.

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What you will study

Course Pathways - what are they?

A course pathway, or elective stream, is where you choose a particular area to specialise in within the broader course.

The pathway you choose will influence the modules you can study each semester and will be recognised in your final degree as an area of expertise.

For example, if you are studying Applied languages you are required to specialise in 2 languages from a selection of French, German, Irish and Spanish.

Pathways in Bachelor of Education in Languages

Students on this course will be required to choose 2 languages from the below to study for their 4 years. Please click on the links below to learn more about studying that language in UL:

You will need to hold a Leaving Certificate H3 in one of the two languages you are choosing to study. German, Spanish and Japanese will be available to study from a beginner level, so can be one of your choices if you didn't study it up to Leaving Certificate level. 

What you will study       

This programme will provide opportunities for school-leavers with proven ability and interest in languages to acquire a high level of cultural and communicative competence in two languages. The languages students can choose from are French, German, Irish, Japanese and Spanish. You will choose two of these.

The programme is four years in duration and includes a number of school-based teaching practice placements. These include a six-week placement in the spring semester of year two and a further ten week placement in autumn semester of year four. These placements are designed to provide you, the student teacher, with a genuine opportunity for professional development under the supervision of faculty members of the University.

Prior to the completion of your teacher education studies you will need to provide verifiable evidence of an immersive educational experience in the curricular language of a minimum of four weeks duration. This may be accessed in two blocks, each of which must be at least two weeks. At least one of these blocks must be in a setting where the language is the vernacular language of the region/country.

The immersive educational experience(s) must be one of the following:

  • attending a language course
  • working as a staff member in an educational setting
  • conducting an action research project which is of relevance to your teaching studies
  • engaging in School Placement.

By the end of this course, graduates will:        

  • Demonstrate the required skills to competently and confidently teach through the target languages
  • Apply their professional knowledge base to planning and implementing appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies and integrate this knowledge with qualities of inquiry and reflective practice
  • Observe, reflect and critique practice in a variety of educational settings as well as engaging in non-teaching activities.
  • Demonstrate the professional competencies identified in the Teaching Council’s Codes of Professional Conduct for Teachers
  • Exercise sound judgement, based on well-considered educational principles, in their planning, design and delivery of relevant disciplinary based teaching and learning experiences in second-level schools
  • Develop the personal and interpersonal skills necessary to promote the academic, social and personal development of students in their care
Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2 Summer
EN4041 Contemporary Understandings and Thinking on Education EN4032 Understanding Young People and How They Learn  
  Elective Language 1 Module EN4022 Educational Technologies for Teaching and Learning  
  Elective Language 1 Literature Module   Elective Language 1 Module  
  Elective Language 2 Module   Elective Language 1 Literature Module  
  Elective Language 2 Literature Module   Elective Language 2 Module  
      Elective Language 2 Literature Module  
Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4 Summer
EN4033 Planning for Learning TP4024 School Placement 1  
EN4043 Understanding Classroom Practice LP4004 Language Pedagogy 2  
LP4003 Language Pedagogy 1      
  Elective Language 1 Module      
  Elective Language 2 Module    
Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6 Summer
EN4015 Curriculum and Policy Studies EN4026 Inclusive Education 2: Special Education Needs  
EN4025 Inclusive Education 1 Contemporary Perspectives   Elective Language 1 Module  
BR4012 Broadening: Communication Across Cultures   Elective Language 1 Literature Module  
  Elective Language 1 Module   Elective Language 2 Module  
  Elective Language 2 Module   Elective Language 2 Literature Module  
Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8 Summer
TP4027 School Placement 2 EN4018 Teacher as Professional  
      Elective Language 1 Module  
      Elective Language 1 Literature Module  
      Elective Language 2 Module  
      Elective Language 2 Literature Module  


Entry requirements

CAO points history 517
Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or Four H7 (Higher Level) grades (including Mathematics; Irish or another language; and English).

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes

Subject requirements

In addition, applicants are required to hold at least the following in the Leaving Certificate, or an approved equivalent: H3 in Higher Level French or German or Irish or Spanish or Japanese.

Additional considerations

QQI Pathways information available here.

Garda vetting required.

Application information for mature student applicants (PDF)

Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website


These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Johnson and Johnson WiSTEM2D Programme
Individual Award - a bursary to the value of €2000. Team Project Grant - €1750
1 of each
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Cooperative Education Award
1 medal per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship

Your future career

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme are qualified for appointment to all second-level schools (vocational, secondary, community and comprehensive schools).  Graduates achieving an adequate standard may also proceed to obtain a higher degree by research.

Follow-on Study

Graduates have the opportunity to pursue further study in the disciplines of Languages or Education. In addition, graduates can register for higher degrees by research in either Languages or Education that lead to Masters or PhD qualifications.