Trinity Diploma Assessment

The Diploma course has 4 components:


Part one

A 3-hour written exam, consisting of a grammar section and two further sections with essay questions about teaching and learning.

The exam can be taken on any of 3 dates annually, in May, August and November.
Most candidates sit the exam in our centre during the face to face block at the start of August.

To help you prepare, the modules in the online phase will cover a wide range of areas on teaching and learning and we include grammar and essay practice throughout the course with detailed written and verbal feedback from tutors, as well as 2 mock exams. There are 4 grammar modules on the course.



Part two

A portfolio of 3 action research projects.

These involve observing other teachers, reflecting on your own teaching and a research project on an area of ELT that interests you.

To help you prepare, you will be given group and individual guidance and support from our online course director with regular Skype tutorials and plenty of guidance and feedback on how to plan and carry out the projects. There is a module dedicated to part 2 in the online phase to establish expectations and learn more about action research.



Part three

An oral interview about phonology conducted by a Trinity examiner.

To help you prepare we dedicate 3 modules to phonology and provide ongoing support, testing and practice. We also include further phonology workshops and mock interviews during the face to face part of the course.



Part four

Classroom demonstration of your teaching.

You will be assessed by our tutors on four 60 minute lessons, and then there is a further external assessed lesson observed by a Trinity examiner. You will also present a portfolio of documentation related to the 4 internally assessed lessons, which includes your plans, materials and profiles of the learners.

To help you prepare we make the course practical in nature giving lots of opportunities to try things out in class and reflect on outcomes with your colleagues and tutors throughout the online phase. You will be asked to create lesson plans, discuss lessons and record teaching diaries. You will have guidance, observation and feedback on your teaching from tutors before the formally assessed lessons.


Parts 3 and 4 are usually taken together and we aim to prepare you to do these parts in July or August. Part 2 is usually submitted at the same time but can be submitted separately.