The Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) is an internationally recognised teacher training qualification which allows you to become an English language teacher either in the UK or abroad. It has all the elements that schools require when you are looking for your first position as a qualified TESOL teacher. These include over 100 hours of tuition, 6 hours of observed teaching and external moderation.

We are offering full-time and blended part-time options for this course.

This course is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding about the process of teaching and learning. Our expert teacher trainers have extensive teaching experience and have successfully supported many trainees to complete this qualification.

On this course you will learn all of the foundation skills you will need to take up a teaching post such as:

  • Understanding the main phonological, lexical and syntactical features of modern English
  • Appreciating the needs and motivations of individuals and groups of learners
  • Designing and delivering lesson plans
  • Evaluating, using and adapting published teaching materials
  • Creating your own teaching materials and classroom aid

Included in your fees:

  • Course Materials
  • External Moderation
  • Trinity CertTESOL certificate
  • Tutorials and support throughout by our expert teacher trainers
  • 6 hours of observed teaching
  • Sessions on how to find and apply for teaching jobs in the UK and abroad

Moderation Day is on the final Saturday of the course.

To find out more about this course please contact our teacher trainer.


Trinity CertTESOL (full-time)
9:00 - 12:00Approaches to learning and history of ESL teaching. Introduction to Teaching Practice.Presenting new language-situation and context. Classroom Management 1.Guided Teacher observation 1. Classroom Management 2.Phonology 1: The phonemic chart and articulation. Receptive skills 1-Reading.Correcting spoken and written errors. Grammar.
13:00 - 18:00Introduction to lesson planning. Unknown Language 1.Observe Teacher Reflection / Observations. Unknown Language Assignment prep.Teaching Practice 1: Unknown Language 2.Teaching Practice 2: Introduction to Learner Profile.Teaching Practice 3: Teaching Practice feedback.
Trinity CertTESOL (blended part-time)
Day 1 (face-to-face)Day 2 (face-to-face)Day 3 (asynchronous input)Day 4 (asynchronous input)
9:00-10:45Discussion/Workshop on asynchronous input.Qualified Teacher Observation.Supporting learners with vocab. Supporting learners with structures.Watch phenology video. Phonology task with Study Buddy.
11:00-12:00Supported micro-teaching.Supporting micro-teaching.
16:00-17:00Unknown Language.Introduction to Learner Profile.
17:00-18:00Supervised lesson planning.Supervised lesson planning.


Trinity CertTESOL

  • £1,100


There will be no lessons on the following UK public holidays and there is no discount in fees.

  • 2nd April 2021
  • 5th April 2021
  • 3rd May 2021
  • 31st May 2021
  • 30th August 2021
  • Christmas Holidays:
    • Close on 18th December 2020 and re-open on 4th January 2021
    • Close on 17th December 2021 and re-open on 4th January 2022

Extra Fees:

  • Registration Fee £60
  • CAS Fee £21 (For non-EU students applying for a Student Visa) (subject to change)*
  • Courier Fee £75 (For students who require a hard copy of their visa letter for their visa application)*

*these fees are dependent on the type of Visa the student has


What is the difference between Trinity CertTESOL and CELTA?

Both courses teach English as a second (other) language, they just have different examining boards. The examining body for the Trinity CertTESOL is Trinity College London and the examining body for the CELTA is the Cambridge exam board (UCLES). Both courses are internationally recognised and are the only teaching qualifications The British Council will accept in the language schools they accredit in the UK.

Are all “TEFL certificates” the same?

No. Most reputable schools will ask for a recognised accreditation. The two most popular are the Trinity CertTESOL certificate and the Cambridge CELTA certificate.

Can I do part time work at the same time as the TRINITY CertTESOL course?

It is definitely not advisable to work at all during the 4 week intensive course. The amount of work required is considerable. Trainees are expected to attend classes every day from 9:00 – 18:00. As well as input sessions every day, trainees need to complete written assignments, observe peers and experienced teachers and prepare for their own taught lessons.

Do I need to speak another language?

No. All lessons are taught in English, although some experience of learning another language will help you empathise with your learners.

Do I need previous teaching experience?

No. Many people taking the course have not taught before, although experience of delivering presentations or any kind of training may be useful.

I don’t live in Liverpool; will the school help me find accommodation?

Yes, you can stay in one of our residences or homestays, please visit our accommodation pages to find out more.


Please note that our British Council accreditation is for the teaching of English so this doesn’t apply to our teaching training courses.