• Trinity CertPT: Teaching Young Learners

    Graduate with an internationally recognised specialist TESOL qualification, equipped to confidently teach children and adolescents.

    Trinity CertPT

    Teaching Young Learners

The Trinity CertPT: Teaching Young Learners provides in-service teachers with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively and confidently teach English to children and adolescents. It draws upon qualified teachers’ existing knowledge of teaching practice and theory, while promoting the acquisition and refinement of the specialist skills needed to develop and use effective teaching resources.

This specialist qualification is designed for teachers who want to update, improve and enrich their professional teaching practice, and develop their ability to evaluate, adapt, create and reflect on the use of context-specific teaching resources for young learners.

This course

  • Provides teachers with a deeper understanding of the theory and practical application of communicative language teaching to create a more interactive classroom while develop their young learners’ language and skills.
  • Includes an in-depth consideration of evaluating, adapting, creating and reflecting on the use of a variety of teaching resources.
  • Is suitable for young learner classrooms, either in monolingual or multilingual environments.
  • 100 hours total qualification time 
  • Part-time over 12 weeks
  • Fully online with self study blocks and live sessions
  • Recognised globally
  • Level 6 on the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework*

This specialist course is designed for teachers who want to develop their knowledge and practical skills in the context of teaching Young Learners.

*Comparable in level to an undergraduate degree.

Course dates

The CertPT: Teaching Young Learners runs part-time, online over a period of 12 weeks. It comprises 100 hours' total qualification time, broken into

  • Self-access modules: 32 hours
  • Live workshops: 5 hours
  • Assignment tasks: 63 hours 

Applications should be submitted at least one week before the course start date.

  • 8 Jul 2024 - 27 Sep 2024


  • 23 Sep 2024 - 13 Dec 2024


Is this the right course for you?

This course is for you if

  • Your initial training and experience focused on teaching adults and you are finding it challenging teaching younger learners.
  • You want to improve your knowledge and practical skills in teaching English to Young Learners.
  • You want a specialist qualification at UK bachelor's degree level.
  • You want a course that allows you to plan your study around your teaching work.
  • You want access to the English for Asia network.

This course might not be for you if

  • You don’t need an accredited bachelor's degree-level qualification, benchmarked to national qualifications frameworks.
  • You don't have an initial teacher education qualification plus a minimum of one year's teaching experience, or at least two year's teaching experience – try our specialist self-study course Teaching English to Young Learners.
  • You do not meet the minimum language requirements (see FAQ). 

This course is suitable for young learner classrooms, either in monolingual or multilingual environments.

Our typical trainees include

  • Practicing teachers from private or public school sector looking to improve their knowledge and skills in teaching young learners.
  • Trinity CertTESOL or Cambridge CELTA graduates looking for a specialist qualification in preparing learners for spoken English exams.
  • Teachers looking to transition from teaching teens or adults to teaching young learners.
  • Teachers seeking career progression with a Level 6 qualification that evidences professional development, before preparing for an advanced Level 7 Diploma in TESOL.
  • School leaders interested in supporting the continuous professional development of their teaching staff in order to raise standards and encourage best practice within their institution.

Our courses comprise a diverse mix of ethnicities and nationalities, including native and non-native English speakers with a high level of spoken and written English. We welcome applicants of all ages and backgrounds, though it is essential that course applicants hold the minimum qualifications and skills required for entry onto the course.

Course content and structure

Course content includes texts, diagrams, podcasts, and videos. You will complete practical tasks and share ideas with your peers via the discussion board.

Our tutors

Appreciates a good bottle of wine

Kevin Clare

Course Director, DipTESOL Trainer

Dedicated to animal welfare

Maria Björning-Gyde

CertTESOL and DipTESOL Trainer, Course Writer

Personable and always curious

Karin Xie

ESOL Academic Manager (China Office), CertTESOL Trainer

Enjoys reading mystery stories

Lora Guo

Examinations Manager


The total course fee for the Trinity CertPT is HK$10,500. This investment in your teaching career includes

  • Enrolment, course and Trinity moderation fees.
  • All course materials.
  • Expert input and support from highly qualified and experienced tutors.
  • Internationally recognised Trinity CertPT certificate with graded report.
  • Careers advice and access to our network and local employment opportunities.
  • Free graduate access to CPD workshops.

Completing the Trinity CertPT requires a substantial investment of your time and money. The reward is a benchmark qualification respected and preferred by leading schools.

Entry requirements

We assess your suitability for the course throughout the application process, which includes an interview. During the interview, we discuss your teaching and learning experiences – it's also an opportunity for you to ask questions. Acceptance onto the course is at the discretion of the Course Director.

Recognition and accreditation

In the UK, Trinity College London has corporate recognition from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), and its respective partners in Wales and Northern Ireland. The CertPT is rated at Level 6 on Ofqual’s Regulated Qualifications Framework, a comparable level to an undergraduate degree.

Frequently asked questions

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Still unsure?

Need a taste of the CertPT or a less demanding young learner focused course? Or do you need to complete your initial teaching qualification first? Try our shorter self-study Teaching English to Young Learners course, apply for the Trinity CertTESOL or look for a young learner focused workshop. 

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