Trinity CertTESOL

The Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL) is an intensive four-week face-to-face training course for anyone who wants to be an English language teacher. It is designed for people with little or no experience of teaching English, and also for those who have teaching experience but want to obtain an internationally recognised qualification.

The CertTESOL is a widely recognised teaching qualification and it is rated as Level 5 on the Ofqual Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The course is delivered by experienced English Language Teaching professionals and will prepare you for your first post as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher.

Tutor supporting learners

Course Structure

The course has a minimum duration of 130 hours comprising:

  • 6 hours of observed teaching practice for each trainee
  • Input from trainers on language awareness and how to teach aspects of grammar
  • Input from trainers on the 4 skills and how to teach them
  • Guided sessions to help you prepare for teaching sessions
  • Classroom observation of experienced practitioners
  • Peer observations of fellow course participants
  • Feedback and individual tutorials

There are five units of assessment on the course:

Unit 1: Teaching Skills

Unit 2: Language Awareness and Skills

Unit 3: Learner Profile

Unit 4: The Materials Assignment

Unit 5: Unknown Language

Careers & Employability

The Trinity CertTESOL is accepted around the world and can help teachers gain employment in a variety of English language teaching contexts. The course is also an excellent way of further developing teaching knowledge for in-service teachers.

Course Duration and Dates

The course runs daily Monday to Friday and has a duration of four weeks and one day. This final day is the moderation day, when a Trinity Moderator comes in to assess some of your work and interview you. All trainees must attend the Moderation day.

As it is a very intensive course, it is recommended that you have no other work or study commitments for the duration of the course. 100% attendance is required, and additional study is expected both in the evenings and at weekends for successful completion of the course.

Course Dates

15/11/21 13/12/21 *   4 weeks and 1 day
13/06/22 11/07/22 *   4 weeks and 1 day

*Please note the 13/12/21 and 11/07/22 are obligatory moderation days.


The fee for this course is £1300. This includes the moderation fee.

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree

An English language qualification (GCSE English or equivalent for Home students, IELTS band 7.0 overall with no sub-skill lower than 6.5 or equivalent for international students)

Aged 18 years or more

How to Apply

Applications will be online so you will need to complete and submit your form. Enquiries can be made directly to the Language Centre by email.


All course participants who meet the basic entry requirements on application will be invited to an interview. The interview will consist of a set of questions to explore your reasons for doing the course and essential background information. You will also be asked to complete a set of language tasks. This enables us to find out about your knowledge of the English language.

If successful, you will be offered a place on the course and asked to pay a deposit. We will then send you a set of Pre-Course Tasks to complete and submit prior to the start of the course.

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