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Welcome to Athena Teacher Training. We run the Trinity CertTESOL and DipTESOL courses for new and existing teachers of English as a foreign language.

Our TEFL courses are accredited by Trinity College London and we believe the Trinity qualification creates the finest teachers.

Athena Teacher Training

Athena Teacher Training was established in 2011 to offer the Trinity Cert TESOL, the first step on the TEFL ladder. Since then, Athena has trained over 150 teachers who have travelled the globe to start their English teaching careers.

Athena has achieved a 100% pass rate and continues to attract the brightest trainees taking advantage of the opportunities in the industry.

In 2015 Athena Teacher Training received accreditation by Trinity College London to also offer the DipTESOL: the Diploma in English language teaching.   As an accredited Trinity Diploma centre you can advance your experience of teaching and take the first step in becoming a DOS, Senior teacher or teacher trainer safe in the knowledge that you are doing so with one of the best in the business.

What you can expect

We strive to offer high quality courses at affordable prices.  As a small business we offer a personal service and our trainers are dedicated to offering the best training in TEFL.  We have a friendly team of staff who are all on hand to ensure your experience with us runs as smoothly as possible.

Here’s a few things you can expect from our courses:


Kick start your TEFL career.
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Further your EFL Teaching Career.
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Teacher Trainers

Course Director - John Kay

John Kay is the Course Director at Athena Teacher Training.

John brings a phenomenal amount of experience, ability and enthusiasm to the team. He has over 25 years’ experience in teacher training and has been internationally published. John’s career has taken him to Greece, Romania, Poland, Russia, Belarus, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Ecuador to name but a few places.

John has a diploma in Neuro-linguistic programming, writes a regular blog on the British Council website and has been involved in creating a series of videos for the British Council, one of which you can view here. John oversees the Trinity CertTESOL and Diploma courses so you can be assured you will be in very capable hands.

TEFL Teacher Trainer, Hazel
CertTESOL Teacher Trainer, Christine
Unknown Language tutor, Anna
DELTA qualified teacher trainer, Debbie
TEFL Teacher Trainer, Hazel


Located in the heart of Bournemouth, just a stone’s throw from the sandy beaches and a short walk from the centre of town with its bustling bistros and shops, we think our location is perfect. We are no more than 5 minutes by taxi from the travel interchange which consists of both train and coach stations. If you would rather drive, our postcode is BH2 5PG.

Bournemouth is a major destination for English language learners and offers a wealth of job opportunities for newly qualified teachers. Over the summer months up to 14,000 foreign students choose to study English in Bournemouth while during the off-season, approximately one third of this number remain to create a constant demand for qualified teachers in the Language schools. We estimate that at any one time there is demand for between 300 and 400 qualified teachers in the immediate area!

ETC International College

ETC is  one of the longest established and highly regarded English language schools in Bournemouth. Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English, a member of English UK and inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. ETC has a long history of providing high quality English language teaching to students of all ages. ETC is a Trinity exam centre, Cambridge exam centre and welcomes up to 900 students at a time in the summer. We can think of no better environment to improve your teaching.
ETC International College language school


Working in partnership with one of the biggest language schools in Bournemouth (with over 40 classrooms) means that we can give you unrestricted access to the following great facilities:

  • Two computer suites
  • A well equipped library with plenty of material for self-study
  • Free wireless Internet in all buildings
  • Lockers for your valuables
  • Coffee bar serving real coffee and hot and cold refreshments all day
  • Undercover outdoor patio area
  • Access to experienced teachers with whom to share ideas and opportunities in the industry

To learn more about our facilities, take a look at the homepage of our partner, ETC International College.