What makes it official?
The Trinity CertTESOL is regulated by Ofqual at Level 5. Ofqual is the exam “watchdog” and is the government department that regulates UK qualifications and exams. Level 5 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is regarded as comparable in difficulty to the second year of an undergraduate degree.
What is the difference between these qualifications and other certificates?
Other courses and certificates have varying levels of accreditation,
varying from no accreditation to some course content but no moderation visits. They may be accredited by independent companies but are not government regulated. Some courses are also regulated by Ofqual but at a lower level (e.g. weekend TEFL courses)
which are not as rigorous and don’t provide real teaching practice.
At TEFL Iberia, in order to be able to provide the Trinity CertTESOL qualification, all the course content is strictly moderated, the staff are vetted, the school facilities are inspected and an external moderator comes to every single course to make sure the standards are kept high.
Why did TEFL Iberia choose to become accredited by Trinity College London?
The Trinity CertTESOL course includes input sessions on teaching children as well as adults, something we feel is important as there is a big demand in Barcelona for TEFL teachers who work with young people. Trinity is also more flexible than the Cambridge CELTA, offering course providers like ourselves more scope to adapt and interpret the course according to our standards. As we are one of the top-rated independent TEFL courses worldwide, we wanted to retain the aspects of the course which set us above other TEFL courses.