Trinity Certificate in TESOL

Gain a Trinity CertTESOL qualification from one of our partner schools and work anywhere in the world.

Summary of the Trinity CertTESOL course

Our Trinity-accredited TEFL courses are provided by our carefully-selected partner schools. This certification is for people with little or no experience of teaching English, and for those with experience who require an internationally recognised initial teacher education qualification. The CertTESOL is rated at Level 5 on Ofqual’s Regulated Qualifications Framework, a comparable level to the second year of an undergraduate degree, and comprises a minimum of 130 hours, with an expected minimum of 70 hours further study required. It is externally moderated by Trinity College London, meaning that standards of training, assessment and facilities are kept to a high standard.

There are various courses running all year round and prices start from around €1050. Choose from London, Malaga, Cadiz or Kerala (India).

  • Minimum 7 hours teaching practice (6 hours observed)
  • Dynamic workshops and input sessions
  • Visa and careers support – before, during and after the course
  • A prestigious, internationally recognized qualification (CELTA equivalent)
  • positive, dynamic and supportive learning environment
  • World-class, experienced tutors
  • Small groups and friendly atmosphere
  • Free 20-hour introduction course


The Trinity CertTESOL can be taken from 4 different locations around the world. Select the location of interest to find out more about the courses.

What can I expect?

Introduction course

Once enrolled in the course we will give you access our course introduction task which is designed to raise your awareness of teaching methodology, grammar and phonology of English. The task is completed online and will take around 15-20 hours.

Teaching Methodologies

You will learn a variety of teaching methodologies to use with your students during the course and after you graduate. We provide workshops, tutorials and video content as well as reading materials to help you understand and use these techniques.

Teaching Practice

The practical nature of the course is emphasized from the very beginning. You will be in small groups (3 or 4 trainees with one tutor) and you will begin teaching real adult students in the first week. After each class you teach, there will be a feedback session with your tutor and fellow trainees. For our trainees, this is usually the most fun part of the course!

Grammar and Language Awareness

We believe in learning through involvement and in your grammar and language awareness sessions you will mostly experience a workshop approach, where your tutor acts as a “facilitator/animator” rather than as a lecturer.

Observations of Experienced teachers

You will also observe some of our tutors so that you can see first-hand how experienced teachers plan and deliver classes, providing further insights into lesson planning, staging and management.

Class Materials and Technologies

All of our classrooms are equipped with modern technology and we encourage the use of Youtube, interactive online teaching platforms (kahoot, quizlet etc) and social media alongside the use of books and other more traditional activities. The school has a wide variety of resources available to you to use to help create engaging classes for your students.

One-to-one Lesson Preparation

One-to-one classes are in high demand and during the course you will complete a needs analysis, prepare a lesson and then teach a one-hour class to a single student. After this, you will write a journal where you will reflect and evaluate the success of your classes.

Learn an Unknown Language

During the TEFL Certificate course, you will participate in four language lessons in a language you have no prior experience of, taught completely in the language itself without recourse to English. This helps you put yourself in the position of a low level learner of English and to experience communicative language teaching at first hand. Languages taught on past courses have included Greek, Hindi, Swedish, Welsh, Romanian and Japanese. These sessions are challenging but fun!

Preparation for finding work

Our careers advisor will provide a session on finding work after your course and you will be given expert advice on preparing your CV which highlights your background, education, experience and skills. You will be able to meet our careers advisor as many times as you like during and after the course. 

The Trinity CertTESOL Course

You will need to complete five assessed units during the course. These are:

Unit 1 : Teaching skills, assessed through:

  • tutors’ evaluation of six hours of teaching with real learners.
  • a journal including trainees’ own lesson plans, with self- and tutor-evaluation.
  • a journal covering trainees’ reflective comments following observation of four hours of ESOL teaching by experienced teachers.


Unit 2 : Language awareness including grammar and phonology, assessed through:

  • a test or practical project.
  • ongoing use of spoken and written English.


Unit 3 : Learner profile, assessed through:

  • the preparation of a simple linguistic profile and needs analysis, including some basic phonemic transcription, of a single learner.
  • the planning of, and reflection on, a one-to-one lesson.
  • the preparation of recommendations for the learner’s future language development.


Unit 4 : Materials assignment, assessed through:

  • written rationale for the development of one piece of teaching material.
  • interview with a Trinity moderator to discuss the above and the ways in which materials development is beneficial to the development of teaching skills.


Unit 5 : Unknown language, assessed through:

  • a journal covering trainees’ reflective comments on four hours’ tuition in an unknown language from the point of view of the beginner, including an analysis of the key aspects of methods and classroom management that affect the learner positively and negatively.


The course also takes into consideration various aspects of professionalism and professional development.

These include:

  • Responsible and professional attitude to learning
  • Responsible and professional attitude to planning and teaching of your lessons
  • Punctuality and organisation
  • Willingness to respond to feedback and adjust your own teaching appropriately
  • Overall progress and professionalism in the field


To get the CELTA certificate, you must meet the criteria for both all units.

It is not necessary to have a degree, to be a native speaker of English, to speak a foreign language, or to have any previous teaching experience. To be considered for this course, you will need to:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Demonstrate your ability to cope with the academic demands of the course, e.g. a university degree (in progress or finished) or work experience.
  • Have good enough health to deal with the demands of an intensive course of training, travel and working abroad.


Because the Trinity CertTESOL course involves teaching learners with a B2/C1 level of English, we can only accept applicants with a C1.2 level of English or higher.

The following qualifications are accepted as proof of language ability (if they are less than two years old):

  • Cambridge C1 Advanced: Grade A or B
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency: Grade A, B or C
  • Cambridge IELTS: Overall band score 7.5 and no less than 7.0 in any skill
  • TOEFL iBT: Overall score 105 and no less than 25 in any skill


If you do not possess one of the above qualifications, then your English level will be assessed throughout the application process.

First, complete the application form found via our Cádiz, Kerala, London or Malaga course pages. We will check your application and get in touch within one working day to arrange your online interview. During the online interview we will ask you about your background and reasons for wanting to take the course. We will make sure that the course is a good fit for you and vice versa. 

If accepted, you will receive a full place offer and information about how to secure your place on the course via email.