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Frequently asked questions


Please note that the FAQs below are only for the Trinity College London LTCL Diploma.
For questions about the Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL and SQA PDAs in TESOL please contact us directly while we update the content of our website.

What are the entry requirements?
How much do the courses cost?
How do I enrol on a course?
How can I contact you?
Where are your premises?
How do I submit work?
When are the CertTESOL dates?
When are the Diploma exam dates?
Who are the tutors on the courses?
I don't know anything about you. Why should I do your course?
What happens if I have trouble doing the course modules by myself?
Is the course difficult?
How many books will I have to buy in order to complete the course?
How long will the course take me to complete?
Who else does the TESOL Diploma course?
Who marks and monitors my work?
Can I fail the course?
Who recognises the diploma?
How often will I be sent modules?
Why is this TEFL course called the "Diploma in TESOL" and not the "TEFL Diploma"?
Isn't my TEFL certificate enough to get me a good job?



What are the entry requirements?

Trinity TESOL Diploma candidates must be graduates with some TEFL experience. If you have an existing TEFL certificate such as the Trinity CertTESOL or Cambridge CELTA you need at least one year of full time teaching experience. If you do not have a TEFL certificate you can still do the Diploma course if you have at least two years of experience in the TEFL industry. Applications will be considered from non-graduates who have considerable TEFL experience particularly those with administrative experience. Non-native speakers of English are welcome to apply for the course.

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How much do the courses cost?

Option 1 - (TOTAL = £2050) £1700 (1 full payment in advance) + an exam fee of £350 payable 6 weeks before the chosen exam date
Option 2 - (TOTAL = £2300) 3 x instalments of £650 which must be paid within 12 months + an exam fee of £350 payable 6 weeks before the chosen exam date.
Course fees DO NOT include any accommodation or travel costs incurred during the residential component.

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How do I enrol on a course?

To enrol on a course you must first be interviewed by the course director. This interview can be done via skype or telephone if you are not resident in Scotland or if you have difficulty getting to Edinburgh.

After a successsful interview you will be given a registration number which you can use to register online. If you prefer you may register in person in our school.

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How can I contact you?

You can contact us using any of our published contact details. If you prefer you may come to see us in our premises in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Where are your premises?

Our premises are located at 48 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh.

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How do I submit work?

You can submit work by post or by email.

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When are the CertTESOL dates?

For the CertTESOL dates please see our TEFL Certiifcate information.

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When are the Diploma exam dates?

The TESOL Diploma exam dates in Edinburgh will be advertised on our course dates section. For updated inofrmation on Diploma exam dates you should contact us.

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Who are the tutors on the courses?

The 2 main tutors on the TESOL Diploma course are Ian and Eileen McIntyre. Together they have over 60 years of teacher training experience. There are also 2 other tutors who have been working for us for 5 years each.

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I don't know anything about you. Why should I do your course?

We are one of Europe's longest established providers of Trinity TESOL certification. As a family run business, we have many years experience training TEFL teachers and our 4 TEFL training staff members have more than 80 years experience between them!
With that type of background you can be sure to get the most effective tutoring and advice during your course. In over 20 years of doing TEFL training courses we have an almost 100% success rate.

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What happens if I have trouble doing the course modules by myself?

All trainees may contact course tutors at any time to seek advice about the course.

If you really need to discuss something face to face with a tutor, all trainees are welcome to come to our school in Edinburgh and spend some time going over things with a member of staff. In short, we will make every effort to get you through the course and assist you if you experience difficulties.

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Is the course difficult?

The Diploma in TESOL is generally regarded as degree equivalent. Trainees will be required to achieve a high level of understanding of the topics raised in the modules and be prepared to answer questions on a range of TEFL related issues and classroom techniques. If, however, you devote yourself to the course and do all the coursework you should be able to achieve this easily as the diploma covers all the areas on which you will be examined. A genuine interest in TEFL / TESOL / TESL is the key to geting through the course and if you already have an English Teaching certificate the course will be, more or less, an extension of many areas that you have come across or heard about in your career so far.

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How many books will I have to buy in order to complete the course?

Although there is a recommended reading list, there are no set texts for the Diploma. The content of the modules covers everything you will need to know but obviously you should try to read as much as possible about the industry and try to get hold of at least some of the recommended books in the course bibliography.

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How long will the course take me to complete?

The course is usually completed within 2 years of starting the modules. The actual time you take to finish the course will very much depend on your individual circumstances. Many trainees try to do it as quickly as possible but only you can decide how much time to devote each week. The minimum time frame for taking your final exams is 6 months although in reality this is rarely achieved due to work commitments.

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Who else does the TESOL Diploma course?

The majority of TEFL (TESOL) Diploma trainees are existing EFL teachers who want to upgrade their qualification. Both native and non-native speakers of English can do the course so many trainees are English Language teachers overseas. Some trainees are quite newly qualified teachers with one or two years experience while others have many years experience behind them but just lack that vital diploma qualification.

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Who marks and monitors my work?

While doing the course your work is monitored and marked by the tutors here at TLI Ltd. As well as a series of compulsory assignments you will be asked to complete some practise tests and essay questions which you will send to be looked over by TLI staff.
All work carried out during the exam component here in Edinburgh will be marked by the Trinity College London examiner who will also occassionally check over some of your coursework to see that it has been marked fairly and within Trinity College London's guidelines.

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Can I fail the course?

It is possible to fail the TESOL Diploma course due to not meeting the required standard for the exam component and / or the observed Teaching Practise and Candidate Interview. All trainess will, however, be able to resit this component without having to resubmit coursework or retake the modules.

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Who recognises the diploma?

The Trinity College London LTCL Diploma is internationally recognised by FE Colleges and Universities and is accredited in England by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority at Level 7 of the UK National Qualifications Framework as are master’s degrees in related subject areas.

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How often will I be sent modules?

Course modules are sent at regular intervals but they will generally be sent to you upon completion of mandatory assignments contained in your previous set. You may request that larger sets are sent when you have some time off work, for example, so that you are able to complete modules more quickly.

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Why is this TEFL course called the "Diploma in TESOL" and not the "TEFL Diploma"?

Trinity College London uses the acronym "TESOL" so that all their Teaching English qualifications contain the term. TESOL, TESL and TEFL, however, all essentially refer to the same thing though "TEFL" is becoming more poular than the others to describe the industry as a whole. The Trinity LTCL Diploma and the Cambridge DELTA are generally accepted as being the two internationally recognised "TEFL Diplomas".

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Isn't my TEFL certificate enough to get me a good job?

If you have an existing TEFL certificate you may be asking yourself whether it is worth doing a diploma course. You can indeed find many teaching jobs with the certificate but the diploma can open up lots of doors and give you the right qualification to get a better, more respected position within the EFL teaching industry. Your certificate will limit your jobs to private Language Schools but the diploma allows you to work in Colleges and Universities all over the world. Also, having the diploma will make you an ideal candidate for management positions in schools around the world.