Trinity College London is an independent awarding body and examinations board and has been providing assessments and qualifications around the world since 1877. With a rich heritage of academic rigour and a positive, supportive approach to assessment, Trinity provides recognised and respected qualifications in a unique spectrum of communicative skills — from music, drama and arts activities to English language — at all levels. Each year over 600,000 candidates in over 60 countries take a Trinity assessment and our international network is growing fast.
At the heart of Trinity’s work is the support provided for teachers, both in terms of specific support for teachers preparing candidates for our exams, and more general teacher development. Trinity’s work with teachers is supported by a growing international network of relationships with key education institutions. This ensures that Trinity teachers have access to the best professional development available.
English for Asia is proud to be the National Representative for Trinity College London's ESOL and Drama assessments and teacher support programmes in Hong Kong, Macao and Mainland China. We work closely with local partners and Trinity's UK office to organise over 20,000 Trinity assessments each year. Our TESOL trainers are all members of Trinity's regional Professional Support Team, receiving regular training from Trinity's senior academics and providing teacher support to hundreds of local schools and organisations.
Trinity College London is recognised by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in the UK, and validates Certificate and Diploma courses in TESOL which are offered by organisations in the state and independent sectors in the UK and worldwide. Trinity’s teacher training qualifications are among the most widely recognised and respected in their field.
All Trinity programmes have to go through a rigorous process during which all aspects of the course are scrutinised by Trinity’s validation review panel, negotiated with the course provider and discussed constructively and in detail during a validation visit by Trinity.
Every Trinity CertTESOL and DipTESOL course is independently moderated by Trinity representatives. This means that the quality of the training you’ll receive meets the highest of standards – wherever in the world you do your course. As a result, over the years, the Trinity stamp of approval has come to be trusted by TEFL employers everywhere.
Trinity TESOL qualifications are accredited by the UK Government’s Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) to appropriate levels on the Registered Qualifications Framework (RQF).
The CertTESOL is accredited at EQF Level 5 (comparable in difficulty to the second year of an undergraduate degree).
The DipTESOL is accredited at EQF level 7 (comparable to master’s degrees in related subject areas).
The European Qualifications Framework links different countries’ qualifications frameworks together and makes the level of qualifications easier to understand across different countries and systems in Europe. It can help you to compare your qualifications with those of other countries if you are moving from one country to another for work or continuing your education or training. EQF accreditation ensures that training, skills and qualifications from one country are trusted, valued and recognised in other countries.
Trinity's TESOL qualifications are accepted by most employers worldwide.
They are welcomed by the British Council for new and experienced teachers. The CertTESOL is accepted as an initial TESOL or TEFL qualification, and the Dip TESOL as a full TEFL Qualifying qualification, for teachers in its accredited teaching organisations in the UK and in its own teaching operations overseas.
The CertTESOL and DipTESOL also gain you credits towards degree programmes offered by the Open University in the UK, while the DipTESOL gives the holder credits towards several master’s qualifications.
Trinity is a member of professional English language associations worldwide, including:
- European Association for Quality Language Services (EAQUALS)
- Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE)
- Association of Educational Assessors – Europe
- European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA)
- International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
- Quality in TESOL Education (QuiTE)
- English UK