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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) | Trinity College London CertTESOL | Level 5

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Course Code: CM0175-1C Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional, Open to international students Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: 20 Apr 2023 Duration: 12 weeks Qualification: Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL Level 5 Awarding Body: Trinity

Why this course?

Access to HE Humanities

This intensive course will give you the skills you need for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Trinity College TESOL Certificate is an internationally recognised qualification that will enable you to teach in the UK or overseas, and within the British Council. Fees include the Trinity College moderation fee.

The course is taught over 4 days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

  • 12 Thursday evenings (6pm-9pm)
  • 8 Saturdays (9am-5pm) - attendance is required on the first three consecutive Saturdays after the first Thursday of each course, then 5 alternate Saturdays thereafter
  • 6 hours of teaching practice on Mondays and Tuesdays in weeks 4-12
  • 4 hours of observations - various time slots available (to be arranged in the first two weeks of the course)

Course location

The course runs at 3 different sites: West Durrington Campus (Thursday 6pm- 9pm), Broadwater Campus (teaching practice on Mondays and Tuesdays, 3pm-9pm, weeks 4-12) and Kingston Bucci (Saturday 9am - 5pm, 8 weeks).


Find out more about this course from alumni:


  • student Views Ellen O'Neill Trinity TESOL Level 5 Certificate

    I took the full Trinity TESOL in September 2020. I can confidently say that it is a well-run and extremely informative course. Valentina (course leader) runs the course very efficiently and she is always at the end of an email ready to help. Given the challenges of completing the course during the COVID situation, Valentina went above and beyond to make the process as smooth for us as possible. The classes were always engaging and the in-person teaching practice was extremely useful for implementing the methods learnt in class. I would recommend that anyone who wants to go into EFL or ESOL teaching would gain great insight into the main aspects of teaching English, including classroom management, phonetics, grammar, topics, and materials. This course was also essential for building confidence within a classroom environment. In short, I could not recommend the Trinty TESOL more.

Entry requirements

Trinity College interviewing procedure consists of:

  • A language awareness test
  • Self-awareness test
  • A short essay on a general topic
  • An interview with a tutor

Candidates who have not completed the Preparatory TESOL course will need to complete the distance learning pack prior to interview.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be at least 20 years of age. Unless they have an English or foreign language degree, or have had some EFL/ESOL teaching experience, we strongly recommend that they should do the Preparatory Course in TESOL before joining the TESOL Certificate Course. All candidates must have at least qualifications for entry to higher education (tertiary level) or the equivalent in terms of demonstrated academic and study potential.

The TESOL Certificate is primarily aimed at native speakers who posses a high standard of written and spoken skills. Non-native speakers of English are required to have a high level of competence in written and spoken English and should hold one of the following qualifications:

  • University of Cambridge ESOL Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Trinity ESOL Spoken - Grade 10
  • IELTS Band 7 (and all sub-scores) and above
  • TOEFL - Score 600 (250 with computer based scores)

Course units

  • Unit 1 - Teaching Skill
  • Unit 2 – Language Awareness and Skills
  • Unit 3 – Learner Profile
  • Unit 4 – Materials Assignment
  • Unit 5 – Unknown Language


  • Assessment of teaching practice
  • Written assignments/ reflective journals
  • Project work
  • External assessment of Unit 4
  • End-of-course language awareness test

Why the MET?

  • Well-established course
  • High pass results (98-100%)
  • Excellent moderation reports
  • High progression rates to employment (both locally and abroad)
  • 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 learners future language development
  • 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 affected the learner positively and negatively
  • Study hours

    This Level 5 course comprises of 100 hours contact time, four hours of teaching observation and six hours of assessed teaching practice (plus feedback). In addition, students are expected to undertake approximately 140-150 hours of independent study, this may vary depending on their level of computer and research skills. As this is an intensive 12 week course, many students put in an even greater amount of hours. The above figure is essentially the minimum requirement.

Course fees

Unemployed / Benefits waiver / Low wage

Course is free if you meet the following criteria

You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:

  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £345 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £552 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £18,525 per year (gross pay)

You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Additional costs

Fees include Trinity College London moderation fee. However, please note if any of the work is referred at the end-of-course moderation by the Trinity College moderator, candidates will be required to pay the referral cost in line with the awarding body's cost specification. Each Unit of referred work will incur a fee of £44 for Trinity College to mark.

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