Trinity CertTesol - Certificate (Level 5)

English language teaching is in a period of massive international growth with jobs available both in the UK and internationally. The CertTESOL is considered by most English language institutions and ministries as the initial qualification to start a career in English language teaching. 

With the growth in demand for English, there are not enough qualified English language teachers globally. The CertTESOL equips graduates with the basic knowledge, skills and behavior for them to move into the profession. The course has a real practical focus and is considered to be one of the two industry standard entry level qualifications for English language teachers globally. It is expected that to develop as a teacher that graduates will continue to study and develop their skills once they have started teaching.

The CertTESOL has international acceptance as the entry level qualification in to the profession. 

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Why should I choose this programme?

The CertTESOL is one of only two internationally accepted English language teacher training programmes. It equips graduates with the practical knowledge and skills to start working as a teacher of English straight after the course. It is also considered to be a prerequisite for most English language teaching jobs internationally. 

Key skills, aims and objectives

The programme is an initial teacher training programme to enable graduates to gain employment as English language teachers at institutions in the UK and abroad. It provides participants with the practical and theoretical knowledge and skills to be able to start a career as an English language teacher. Graduates will gain the practical knowledge of grammar, lexis, vocabulary and pronunciation and the classroom management skills to enable them to teach a range of learners.

Future opportunities

The course equips students with the basic skills and knowledge needed to take up a first post as an English language teacher. It gives an introduction to the theory and practice of English teaching and an insight into the challenges facing the learner and the role of the teacher.

The CertTESOL is accepted by the British Council as an initial TESOL or TEFL qualification for teachers in its accredited teaching organisations in the UK and in its own teaching operations overseas. Credits are also awarded towards degree programmes offered by universities in the UK.
Upon successful completion of the course students will gain an internationally recognised qualification in English language teaching. This will enable them to pursue a career in English language teaching in the UK and internationally.

Students will be able to use this qualification for careers in teaching, examining, and also publishing. After two years of teaching, students will also be able to undertake a level 7, diploma level qualification, which will enable them to follow a career in academic management or lecturing at HE level.


Regent’s is an accredited provider of the Trinity College London qualification. The qualification is accepted by ministries of education and English language institutions internationally.


The first course will run in an intensive format over a 12 week period.



The programme contains 5 core units:

Unit 1: Teaching Skills
Unit 2: Language Awareness
Unit 3: Learner Profile
Unit 4: Materials Assignment
Unit 5: Unknown Language


View unit descriptions below:

Unit 1

Comprises 60% of the course and is the most important component of the Trinity Cert TESOL course. During the course you will complete teaching practice sessions totaling 6 hours of observed teaching practice. In addition to the teaching practice, you are also expected to complete 4 hours of observations of ESOL classes taught by experienced tutors. You will also need to write a post TP summary in which you reflect upon the whole TP experience and what areas you consider that you still need to work on.

Unit 2

Comprises 15% of the course and includes the key grammar, language and structure input that will be vital for you to learn and use on the course and in your future professional teaching.

Unit 3

In this unit you are expected to work with an individual learner in order to complete a full Learner Profile. You will need to interview an ESOL student and, following an analysis of the needs and motivation of the learner, develop and deliver a short course of study to help develop their language skills and abilities.

Unit 4

In order to successfully complete the materials assignment, you will reflect on, and evaluate, a teaching resource that you used during your assessed teaching practice. This will be assessed by the external moderator.

Unit 5

During the course you will be given 4, 1 hour teaching sessions in an unknown language. You will be required to complete a reflective journal to evaluate these language lessons. The aim of this part of the course is to consider the experience of learning an unknown language and how that may impact on your teaching of ESOL.

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£1,450 including the validation fee

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Academic requirements

Students must have a minimum of a BA in any subject.  They must also have proof of English at a high C1 level or above.   

Applicants will be interviewed by one of the course trainers to decide whether they have the necessary knowledge and skills to join the course. They will also be guided about expected career opportunities prior to the start of the course. 

How to apply

Apply online

Once you have completed the application form, please submit the following supporting documents to

  • Copy of your passport
  • One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format

Applying to study at Regent's is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications and have no formal application deadlines.

Study methods

An average cohort size will be 10 students.

Students will be expected to attend classes from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, for the 4 weeks of the course. They will also be expected to work on assessments outside of class/teaching time.

Assessment structure

Students must pass each unit to be awarded the qualification.

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Regent’s University London has no connection with Regent University of Virginia USA



Last updated: 26 January 2017


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Key information

Trinity CertTesol
Certificate (Level 5)
English Language
Study mode
Part time
12 weeks
Tuition fees
£1,450 *
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Next start date
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Study abroad
Trinity College London

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