Trinity DipTESOL Course FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the Trinity DipTESOL Course

Note that while we mainly use the term TEFL on these pages, in most cases the terms TESOL and TESL could equally well apply.

See TEFL Diploma Courses FAQ for more general information, including comparisons between the Trinity DipTESOL and other qualifications.

Why is it sometimes called the LTCL Diploma TESOL?
LTCL stands for Licentiate of Trinity College London, which is a standard that Trinity also set in their other exams, e.g. music. That has always been its official name for this qualification, but DipTESOL is a much more common way of referring to it.

Is the Trinity DipTESOL as well recognised as the Cambridge Delta?
Yes. At certificate level the CELTA is better known than the Trinity CertTESOL, especially in some parts of the world, but you can expect employers who ask for diploma-level qualifications to know and accept the Trinity and Cambridge diplomas equally well.

Can you take the DipTESOL online/as a distance course?
Yes. Trinity leaves it up to course providers to decide which parts of the course they want to offer online and which will be face-to-face. Many of the course providers offer a distance component.

Can I take a DipTESOL as part of an MA course?
This is more common with the Cambridge Delta (though not that common even so), but according to Trinity “one university currently offers a fully integrated DipTESOL/MA TESOL programme.”

Will the Trinity Diploma be accepted for university credits?
Sometimes. There is a list of MAs that will accept the Trinity DipTESOL for credits or exemptions on the Trinity website.

What are the entry requirements for the DipTESOL?
A first degree and at least two years of relevant full-time teaching. An initial teaching qualification such as a CELTA or a Trinity CertTESOL would also help.

Does it matter if I have the Trinity CertTESOL or a different qualification?

How is the course assessed?
A three hour long written test, a coursework portfolio, an oral interview on phonetics and phonology, and five observed lessons with feedback sessions (one with an external examiner).

How long does a course last?
Full-time courses typically last 10 to 12 weeks. Part-time and distance courses usually take nine months to a year, but can take up to two years.

Where can I take a Dip TESOL course?
There are DipTESOL course providers in the UK and several other countries including China, Japan, Malta, Spain and New Zealand.