Course Details

  • Initial TEFL qualification

  • Full-time (4 weeks) or part-time (12 weeks)

  • Course length: 130 hours

  • Maximum class size: 15

  • Eligible for BC & ELCAS funding

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TEFL Course in Southampton

  • Become a qualified EFL teacher
  • Internationally recognised qualification
  • Theory and teaching practice
  • CPD/careers workshop

The Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL) is recognised worldwide as a TEFL qualification, and is equivalent to CELTA. It is accredited at Level 5 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and provides you with an excellent foundation for a career in TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language).

The CertTESOL is ideal for:

• those contemplating a career change
• those developing their current teaching skills
• recent graduates
• gap year students
• aspiring native & non-native English teachers

Full-Time or Part-Time

Our CertTESOL course is taught by qualified and experienced trainers and provides candidates with a highly practical grounding in teaching techniques and methodology.

The full-time course is an intensive four-week course, with 30 hours of contact time per week.

The part-time course is 12 weeks long, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and most Saturdays (all day).

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Fees & Dates

Course Type
Dates Price*
Full-Time (4 Weeks)
9 Apr – 5 May 2018
4-30 Jun 2018
30 Jul – 25 Aug 2018
5 Nov  – 1 Dec 2018
Part-Time (12 Weeks) 9 Jan – 7 Apr 2018 £1250

*This price does not include the Trinity moderation fee (£143). This fee is subject to change by Trinity College London. A £200 deposit is required to register your place on the course.
**GBP 995 if you book 3 months before the start date.

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Course Description

Input Sessions

The course begins with an exploration into theories behind learning and second language acquisition, and a brief overview of some English grammar, e.g. tenses and their aspects. However, most of your language awareness will develop as you prepare for and teach your lessons. Your TEFL input sessions will focus more on developing skills and techniques for the classroom and will introduce you to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and pronunciation teaching. Along with all of this, and as you get to grips with lesson planning, you will then start to notice how this translates into the classroom while you observe our language school teachers in action.

You will learn a ‘mystery language’ over four sessions and analyse the experience as both a student and a teacher, which will form the basis of your first assignment. For your second assignment you will select an international student at school to interview, record, assess, teach, and prescribe a tailored course for.

Teaching Practice

Following an opening period of only TEFL input sessions, teaching practice will start taking up the majority of your time on the course. After meeting and placing the students by level, you will deliver four 30-minute lessons, followed by four 1-hour lessons (observed). Each lesson will conclude with a feedback session with a tutor and some of your peers. That same evening you will write a short reflection of your lesson considering the feedback you received (not discounting your own!).

Every time you teach you will be expected to design materials for your lesson. Towards the end of the course you will select one piece of material from one of your lessons and evaluate its effectiveness. The course culminates with a Trinity moderation visit on the final day, where the trainees are interviewed individually and as a group. The moderator also reviews all course work.

Units & Assessment

Unit 1 – Teaching Practice (TP)
4x 1-hour assessed lessons*
Reflective teaching journal
Written report on lessons you observe
Unit 2 – Language Awareness Exam Take-home examination
Unit 3 – Language Learner Profile (LLP) Written assignment profiling a selected student’s language competence and proposing a language development pathway
Unit 4 – Materials Assessment (MatA) Review of material you have created and used in your teaching practice
Unit 5 – Unknown Natural Language (UNL) Written report on your experience of learning a mystery language

*In preparation for the four assessed lessons, you will have 4x 30-minute lessons in Week 2, which will be observed and for which you will receive feedback.

CPD & Careers Workshop

Continuous professional development (CPD) is an essential part of your career journey. Our CertTESOL course includes a session looking at ways you can continue with your professional development after the course has ended, as well as some helpful hints on how and where to look for jobs in the TEFL industry.


English Teaching Graduate Scheme

Are you a recent graduate who is thinking about a career in TEFL? If so, This British Council scheme is designed to help graduates get the qualifications they need to work abroad. Visit the British Council website for more information.

Armed Forces Learning (ELC) Scheme

Lewis School of English is an Approved Learning Provider under the Armed Forces Learning (ELC) Scheme, and our provider number is 6467. This scheme is open to all serving members of the Armed Forces and any ex-service personnel who are registered for ELC. If you are planning your resettlement training or want to further your own professional development, contact us about the Level 5 Trinity CertTESOL course.

Professional and Career Developments Loans

We are approved by the Professional and Careers Development Loan organisation as a learning provider for CertTESOL. This means that you can, if eligible, apply for a loan to help pay for your CertTESOL course at our training centre.

Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loan product. You can use the loan to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the loan is right for you. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. Our learning provider identification number is 10237.

The most challenging academic course I have ever attempted, but also the most rewarding. The moment when a foreign student comes up to you to say thank you for teaching them is something has to be experienced.

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