Entry requirements

The DipTESOL is designed as an advanced qualification for teachers of ESOL/EFL. In order to be eligible to take this course you will need to fulfil the following entry criteria:

  • You must have a first degree (any discipline) or equivalent. An equivalent qualification would be one that shows evidence of sustained academic study, potentially enabling you to cope successfully with the requirements of the diploma.
  • You must have two years full-time ESOL teaching experience at the time of interview, the minimum for a year's experience normally being at least 15 hours per week over 32 weeks. The minimum amount of teaching required for entry is therefore 960 hours of which 75% of these hours must be with classes. You should not have taken more than a year's break from ESOL teaching prior to interview.
  • You can be a speaker of English as a first, second or foreign language. If English is your second or foreign language, you will need to demonstrate the appropriate competence in your spoken and written English, for example by holding a minimum Grade 11 in the Trinity Graded Examinations in Spoken English.
  • In general you should have a high level of competence and interest in both language and language teaching that will enable you to follow this demanding course of advanced study
  • An initial TESOL training qualification such as the Trinity CertTESOL is highly recommended but not essential.

All our course providers set their own entry criteria and will provide you with an interview and a test of your competence to follow the DipTESOL before accepting you. This will ensure that, if accepted, you will have the potential to succeed on this demanding course.


About DipTESOL

Find out what the diploma is in and who it is for. 

Course content

Read about the four units the course is delivered and assessed through.

Career prospects

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DipTESOL exam dates

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