Full-time intensive course


This is a full time intensive programme of 130 hours.

This course runs for four weeks and two days.

As a guide, the working day is from 09:00 - 17:30, but there is always evening and weekend work.

Trainees do a minimum of 6 hours of teaching practice during the course.

The course content is the same as for the part-time course.

Successful trainees will be awarded the Trinity College London CertTESOL certificate

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We offer full time intensive courses:

  • in June at the Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey

    • The course is open to both RHUL and non-RHUL students.

    • You will need to either arrange accommodation nearby or commute to this course. We can sometimes help with local home stay accommodation.

  • in August in Berkshire College, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

    • This course is open to everyone

    • We can offer residential accommodation at significantly reduced rates for our trainees in Berkshire College, so this course is provides a perfect option for trainees from other countries or other parts of the UK.

The course

It is a very intensive programme and because of this we strongly recommend that you have no other commitments for the duration of the course. This option is challenging, but at the same time it is a highly rewarding and enjoyable way of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to become a competent and confident teacher of English as a foreign language. 

Many EFL teachers will tell you how their initial training course was one of the best and most enlightening things that they have ever done!

Teaching Practice

This is a key part of the course. It is where you get to teach real students so you can put the things that you cover during the course into action and develop your teaching skills under the close and careful guidance of the trainers.

The trainers help you plan, observe you teaching and then give you extensive feedback/suggestions/ideas after the lesson, which you can implement in future lessons. You are really able to notice how much rapid progress you make in the classroom from the first teaching practice to the last, which is incredibly satisfying and rewarding.

RHUL Centre

Teaching Practice usually takes place in the mornings, though we may also offer opportunities to do the teaching practice in one of our other centres in the evenings or weekends.

Berkshire College Centre

Teaching Practice can take place in the daytime or the evenings. We may also offer the teaching practice in one of our other centres.


Home stay accommodation is available in Berkshire College and may be available for Royal Holloway if booked early. Half-board and full-board options possible.

Residential accommodation can be available in Berkshire College for trainees with an up-to-date DBS. (Ardmore can help you organise this if you need). The accommodation in Berkshire College is in shared rooms with half board included.

  • Rooms rates for 2020 are from £37 per night including half board (breakfast and evening meal)

  • Sandwiches, rolls and hot lunches can also be purchased on site

  • Please note: the canteen may not be open on some days (Bank Holiday Monday, for example) or may only be open for breakfast and lunch when there are no students on site, so forward planning and organisation for food is required.

Full Time Intensive Course Dates:

28th May to 26th June 2020 in Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), Egham, Surrey

6th August to 4th September 2020 in Berkshire College (BCA) near Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Prices for 2020 courses:

Course Fees £1040.00 plus the Trinity Moderation fee of £155.00

Early Bird discount of £50 off Course Fees if deposit paid 8 weeks or more before the start date
(only applicable to direct bookings; i.e. not through agencies, etc.)

(Discounted fees are offered to RHUL students attending the RHUL course)

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Colin Spicer
Academic Director