Training to Become an English Teacher in London

Training to Become an English Teacher in London

Depending on the type of English teaching a student wishes to pursue, there are a number of options for teacher training in London.

To teach English literature or language in an English speaking secondary school, trainees will need to be native or fluent speakers of English. Trainees will be required to have a first or second class degree or an equivalent qualification in English literature, language or linguistics and then undertake a post graduate certificate of education (PGCE). PGCEs are year-long courses which focus on equipping trainees to teach their subject or area of expertise and include training in lesson planning, classroom control as well as practical placements in local secondary schools. Completion of a PGCE provides qualified teacher status (QTS), which recognises the teaching skills attained through training and permits the bearer to apply for teaching employment.

Full time PGCE courses will usually commence in September with duration of 1 academic year. The application process is usually through the graduate teacher training register (GTTR) form and an interview.

Institutions in London offering the PGCE in English:

Goldsmiths University of London
New Cross, London, SE14 6NW (Closest tube stations: Deptford, New Cross Gate)
020 7919 7171
Course: PGCE English
Goldsmiths also offers a Flexible Programme for PGCE English which allows students to complete modules at their own pace.

Kings College London
Strand, London WC2R 2LS (Closest tube stations: Temple, Embankment, Covent Garden)
020 7836 5454
Course: PGCE English

University of East London
Docklands Campus: University Way, East London, E16 2RD
Stratford Campus: Water Lane, Stratford, London, E15 4LZ
Duncan House: Stratford High Street, London, E15 2JB
020 8223 3000
Course: PGCE English

To teach English as a second language, trainees will generally need to complete a TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) qualification. There are a number of different qualifications and training courses available in London and online. However, the most widely recognised and acknowledged courses are accredited by either Trinity College or Cambridge University. When applying for employment as a teacher of English as a foreign language, a Trinity validated CertTESOL or DipTESOL, or even more commonly Cambridge's CELTA will be required.

CertTESOL (certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages) is accredited at Level 5 on National Qualifications Framework and is regarded as equivalent to the first year of a degree course. It is ideal for trainees who have no previous teaching experience and equips students for their first EFL teaching post. Trinity validated CertTESOL courses are available at:

TEFL London
Bloomsbury International (UK) Ltd, 6-8 Southampton Place,
London WC1A 2DB (Closest tube stations: Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square)
020 7242 2234

St Giles College
154 Southampton Row, Westminster, London WC1B 5JX
020 7837 0404

Saint George International
79-80 Margaret Street, London W1W 8TA
020 7299 1700

TEFL Lab London,
19 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NS
020 7580 7077

DipTESOL is recognised by the British Council as a full qualification for teachers of English as a foreign language and is ideal for experienced EFL teachers. It is accredited at Level 7 on National Qualifications Framework and is regarded as equivalent to a Master's degree. DipTESOL training is available in London at the following institutions:

Saint George International,
Kenilworth House, 79-80 Margaret Street, London W1W 8TA
020 7299 1700

ISIS Study Centres Greenwich
259 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, London SE10 8NB
020 8293 1444

Cambridge's CELTA qualification is an internationally recognised teaching qualification for English as a foreign language and is ideal for trainees with no teaching experience. Full time courses take four to five weeks or part time courses can be taken at the students' own pace over a period of months. Students can study CELTA online through a distance learning programme or in London at the following locations:

The British Study Centre - London
Hannah House, 13-16 Manchester Street, W1U 4DJ (Closest tube stations: Baker Street, Regents Park, Bond Street)
0207 317 0160

International House London
16 Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LQ (Closest tube stations: Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square)
0207 611 2400

59 South Molton Street, London W1K 5SN
0207 499 8533

College of North West London,
Wembley Centre, North End Road, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 0UU
020 8208 5180

Cambridge also offers a number of other teaching qualifications, all of which can be found at