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Online TEFL Course, Level 5 Diploma
(168hrs)

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Online Level 5 TEFL Course Europe

Our online Level 5 TEFL course leads to a 168hr TEFL diploma. This is the quickest way to get your TEFL Diploma in Europe.

This online TEFL course provides an in-depth overview of TEFL and is the best option if you want to find formal work teaching English, such as the contracted roles from our TEFL Jobs Board, or government teaching programmes, which usually include accommodation, flight reimbursement and help to get your work visa.

Enrol today and you’ll also receive €732 of additional online learning for FREE, including three top-up courses (Teaching business English; Teaching online and 1:1; and, Teaching young learners), exclusive live access to our weekly one-hour topical webinars designed to support your learning, our TEFL Handbook and TEFL Resource Pack

The TEFL Academy has won the Go Overseas and GoAbroad Top TEFL Awards for three years (2019, 2020 & 2021) in a row! We were also the first TEFL course provider to receive official recognition from government regulated awarding bodies in both the UK and USA. 

The course is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), a U.K. government department, and awarded by Qualifi, a U.K. government-recognised awarding body.

Our Level 5 TEFL diploma is Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) approved as meeting the criteria for Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) status. The DEAC is a U.S. Department of Education recognised accreditor.

So, after successful completion of your online TEFL course, you’ll receive an internationally recognised Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168hrs) — the only qualification you’ll need to teach English online or internationally.

Your qualification will be at the same level as a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), a foundation degree, CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Trinity CertTESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualifications. 

Our online Level 5 TEFL diploma course can be studied at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home. The course contains ten mandatory units, all assessed with an exam at the end of each. Units 5, 7 and 10 include coursework-assessed assignments marked by our trainers. You will be given six-months access to complete your course, with some students able to complete in just four to six weeks when studying full time. 

This online TEFL course covers every aspect of becoming a successful TEFL teacher, from planning your first lesson to applying for your first job. Our course is designed to give you the most information in the shortest possible time — allowing us to offer one of the most comprehensive online TEFL courses available in Europe

If you would like to gain a  CELTA/Trinity CertTESOL equivalent qualification, then take a look at our Observed Teaching Practice Course (40hrs).

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Online Course (Instant access on enrolment)

The online course consists of ten mandatory units. All ten units are exam-assessed and for units 5, 7 and 10 there are also coursework-assessed assignments. You get 6-months access to the course, but some students complete their qualification within 4 – 6 weeks (when studied full time).

  • Online Course Unit Breakdown
  • Lesson Planning
  • Teaching English Vocabulary
  • Teaching Pronunciation
  • Understanding English Grammar
  • Teaching Receptive Skills: Listening and Reading
  • Teaching Productive Skills: Speaking and Writing
  • Teaching English Grammar
  • Principles of Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Materials and Aids for Teaching English/Classroom Management Strategies
  • Using Resources Effectively when Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Case Study, CV and Cover Letter, Job Sites and Resources
Meet Our Alumni

"The TEFL Academy is accredited by Qualifi, an Ofqual regulated awarding body."

Career opportunities

With 1.5 billion people wanting to learn English right now the career opportunities are endless! Once you have completed the course you will be qualified to teach English internationally.

You will be qualified to teach:

  • Children
  • Young Adults
  • Adults

In a range of educational settings such as:

  • Online
  • Schools
  • Universities/Colleges
  • Private English Language Schools
  • Business/Corporate English
  • Private One-to-One Tuition

"The TEFL Academy is accredited by Qualifi, an Ofqual regulated awarding body."

Options explained

With so much choice and such a vast amount of conflicting information available on the Internet, it can be difficult for potential TEFL course students to make the correct choice. The Level 5 version of our TEFL course is a more in-depth overview of TEFL and is a good choice if you wish to gain formal teaching jobs, which usually include accommodation, flight reimbursements and help in gaining a work visa. Upon completion, you will be awarded an internationally recognised Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168 hours), which is regulated by Ofqual (UK government) and DEAC-Approved (US Department of Education National Accreditor).

A regulated Level 5 qualification means that Ofqual (UK government) has approved the qualification to be at a recognised level of achievement. Our Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168hrs) is the same level as the following qualifications: a diploma of higher education (DipHE), a foundation degree and the CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL qualifications.

We also offer a Level 3 version of our course, which is an introduction to TEFL and is perfect for anyone looking for casual work teaching English, such as volunteering, backpacking or finding work “in-country”, and some online teaching roles. It requires less of a time commitment (120 hrs) and is more cost-effective, so it can be a way of fast-tracking into the industry for someone with a short-term teaching plan. The course you should choose depends entirely on your own situation, needs and teaching plans.

All regulated Level 5 TEFL Diplomas are 150hrs+ in length. We have never seen a single employer ask for more than 168hrs of TEFL training.

"The TEFL Academy is accredited by Qualifi, an Ofqual regulated awarding body."

Why choose us

  • We are the world’s most awarded TEFL course provider. We have won the GoOverseas & GoAbroad Top TEFL Course Awards in 2019, 2020 & 2021!
  • Three FREE 30-hour top-up courses in Teaching Young Learners, Teaching Business English and Teaching Online & 1:1 — worth €432
  • 24 FREE weekly one hour webinars (join live or watch later) — worth €240
  • FREE The TEFL Handbook ebook, the essential guide to jump starting your career in TEFL — worth €30
  • FREE The TEFL Resource Pack ebook, essential materials for new EFL teachers worth — worth €30
  • Guaranteed pass (or your money back)
  • Our trainers and tutors are experienced EFL professionals and minimum DELTA qualified assessors
  • Unique training style for maximum intake of information
  • We help our students find TEFL jobs

"The TEFL Academy is accredited by Qualifi, an Ofqual regulated awarding body."

To be successful at TEFL you will need:

  • Desire to improve the lives of others by teaching English
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Be at least 16 years old

What level should my English be?

Native speakers of English will naturally be above the minimum standard of English for this course. Non-native speakers should have an English level of C1 (Advanced) as a minimum.

If you are not sure what level your English is there are several websites where you can test it yourself, for example:

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/content
http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/test-your-english/general-english/
https://www.examenglish.com/leveltest/index.php

That really is it, if you qualify for all of the above, you are ready to earn your TEFL certificate!

"The TEFL Academy is accredited by Qualifi, an Ofqual regulated awarding body."

Online Course (Instant access on enrolment)

The online course consists of ten mandatory units. All ten units are exam-assessed and for units 5, 7 and 10 there are also coursework-assessed assignments. You get 6-months access to the course, but some students complete their qualification within 4 – 6 weeks (when studied full time).

  • Online Course Unit Breakdown
  • Lesson Planning
  • Teaching English Vocabulary
  • Teaching Pronunciation
  • Understanding English Grammar
  • Teaching Receptive Skills: Listening and Reading
  • Teaching Productive Skills: Speaking and Writing
  • Teaching English Grammar
  • Principles of Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Materials and Aids for Teaching English/Classroom Management Strategies
  • Using Resources Effectively when Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Case Study, CV and Cover Letter, Job Sites and Resources
Meet Our Alumni

"The TEFL Academy is accredited by Qualifi, an Ofqual regulated awarding body."

Career opportunities

With 1.5 billion people wanting to learn English right now the career opportunities are endless! Once you have completed the course you will be qualified to teach English internationally.

You will be qualified to teach:

  • Children
  • Young Adults
  • Adults

In a range of educational settings such as:

  • Online
  • Schools
  • Universities/Colleges
  • Private English Language Schools
  • Business/Corporate English
  • Private One-to-One Tuition

"The TEFL Academy is accredited by Qualifi, an Ofqual regulated awarding body."

Options explained

With so much choice and such a vast amount of conflicting information available on the Internet, it can be difficult for potential TEFL course students to make the correct choice. The Level 5 version of our TEFL course is a more in-depth overview of TEFL and is a good choice if you wish to gain formal teaching jobs, which usually include accommodation, flight reimbursements and help in gaining a work visa. Upon completion, you will be awarded an internationally recognised Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168 hours), which is regulated by Ofqual (UK government) and DEAC-Approved (US Department of Education National Accreditor).

A regulated Level 5 qualification means that Ofqual (UK government) has approved the qualification to be at a recognised level of achievement. Our Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168hrs) is the same level as the following qualifications: a diploma of higher education (DipHE), a foundation degree and the CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL qualifications.

We also offer a Level 3 version of our course, which is an introduction to TEFL and is perfect for anyone looking for casual work teaching English, such as volunteering, backpacking or finding work “in-country”, and some online teaching roles. It requires less of a time commitment (120 hrs) and is more cost-effective, so it can be a way of fast-tracking into the industry for someone with a short-term teaching plan. The course you should choose depends entirely on your own situation, needs and teaching plans.

All regulated Level 5 TEFL Diplomas are 150hrs+ in length. We have never seen a single employer ask for more than 168hrs of TEFL training.

"The TEFL Academy is accredited by Qualifi, an Ofqual regulated awarding body."

Why choose us

  • We are the world’s most awarded TEFL course provider. We have won the GoOverseas & GoAbroad Top TEFL Course Awards in 2019, 2020 & 2021!
  • Three FREE 30-hour top-up courses in Teaching Young Learners, Teaching Business English and Teaching Online & 1:1 — worth €432
  • 24 FREE weekly one hour webinars (join live or watch later) — worth €240
  • FREE The TEFL Handbook ebook, the essential guide to jump starting your career in TEFL — worth €30
  • FREE The TEFL Resource Pack ebook, essential materials for new EFL teachers worth — worth €30
  • Guaranteed pass (or your money back)
  • Our trainers and tutors are experienced EFL professionals and minimum DELTA qualified assessors
  • Unique training style for maximum intake of information
  • We help our students find TEFL jobs

"The TEFL Academy is accredited by Qualifi, an Ofqual regulated awarding body."

To be successful at TEFL you will need:

  • Desire to improve the lives of others by teaching English
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Be at least 16 years old

What level should my English be?

Native speakers of English will naturally be above the minimum standard of English for this course. Non-native speakers should have an English level of C1 (Advanced) as a minimum.

If you are not sure what level your English is there are several websites where you can test it yourself, for example:

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/content
http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/test-your-english/general-english/
https://www.examenglish.com/leveltest/index.php

That really is it, if you qualify for all of the above, you are ready to earn your TEFL certificate!

"The TEFL Academy is accredited by Qualifi, an Ofqual regulated awarding body."

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Level 5 Accreditation FAQ

The simple answer is, we just don't know! Recruiters offering the best opportunities with the most competitive packages are now asking for level 5 TEFL qualifications. All regulated level 5 courses are 150hrs+ in length. We have never seen a single employer ask for more than 168hrs of TEFL training.

A Level 5 TEFL Diploma is the gold standard of TEFL qualifications, therefore we only offer this option for our Level 5 students.

We know that navigating your way through the TEFL web of courses is very confusing. This is why we try to keep it simple, giving you exactly what you need to get the best jobs around the world!

The Level 3 and Level 5 versions of our TEFL course are regulated by Ofqual (UK government department) and awarded by Qualifi, a UK government-recognised awarding body. The Level 3 and Level 5 versions of our TEFL course are DEAC-approved as meeting the criteria for Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) status. The DEAC is a U.S. Department of Education National Accreditor.

The TEFL Academy is fully accredited by Qualifi an Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, a UK government department) regulated awarding body. Qualifi have robust quality assurance systems and procedures in place which all course providers must successfully pass in order to be accredited under the scheme.

Potential TEFL course students should remember that their prospective employers are likely to be based outside Europe. This means that accreditation bodies based solely in Europe may not be recognised by employers abroad. This is why The TEFL Academy has chosen Qualifi, as they offer international accreditation for training course providers.

You can find out more about Qualifi on their website: https://qualifi.net

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.

Ofqual is a non-ministerial UK government department.

You can verify our qualifications on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications:

Level 3 here,
Level 5 here.

Ofqual recognise Awarding Organisations like Qualifi and regulate qualifications like ours. An Ofqual regulated TEFL qualification will be recognised worldwide and is highly respected by employers.

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission was founded in 1926 and is a U.S. Department of Education National Accreditor. DEAC's goal is to ensure a high standard of educational quality in the distance education institutions it approves by requiring compliance with its published standards, policies and procedures.

Our Level 5 TEFL Course is DEAC-approved as meeting the criteria for Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) status.

You can find out more about the DEAC on their website: https://www.deac.org/

When you hear about “levels” this refers to the UK government’s framework for qualifications. This framework allows learners studying UK government regulated qualifications to understand where their qualification sits in comparison to other qualifications. A regulated level 5 qualification means that Ofqual (UK government), have approved the qualification to be at a recognised level of achievement. Our Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168hrs) is the same level as the following qualifications: a diploma of higher education (DipHE), a foundation degree and the CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL qualifications.

A TEFL Diploma is simply a slightly higher level of qualification than a "Certificate". It means you will have completed a more in-depth TEFL course.

A regulated qualification means that it is officially recognised by government and sits on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications.

You can verify our qualifications on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications:

Level 3 here,
Level 5 here.

Choosing to study a regulated qualification is your guarantee of quality. Course providers offering regulated qualifications must comply with very tough quality assurance rules and procedures. This ensures that:

  • The staff delivering and assisting students are suitably qualified
  • The course provider has the resources to effectively deliver the qualification
  • The course itself effectively teaches and assesses the qualifications aims
  • The contents of the course have been written and designed by industry professionals and peer reviewed
  • The feedback and grades given to learners is fair, moderated and meets modern academic standards
  • Officially regulated by the UK government, therefore the qualification will be internationally recognised by schools, employers, foreign embassies and governments of most other countries.

Any qualification that is officially recognised by the UK government will sit on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications. Make sure to ask your course provider to provide a link to the register for their qualification.

You can verify our qualifications on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications:

Level 3 here,
Level 5 here.

You may see cheap TEFL courses advertised online that claim to be a “level”, such as “Level 5 140-Hour TEFL Course” (often advertised on daily deal websites), unfortunately these courses are not the level they claim to be and are highly misleading.

The level of a course tells learners where the qualification sits on the UK’s Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).  If a course is not listed on the Register of Regulated Qualifications, then it is not really a level at all. You can find our qualification on the register here.

Make sure you ask any TEFL training provider that claims to be offering a “level” of TEFL course to provide a link to the Register of Regulated Qualifications. If they cannot provide this, then the qualification is not the level they claim it to be and will not be accepted by foreign embassies and employers.

TEFL and TESOL are both acronyms for teaching English to non-native English speakers. Both acronyms can be used to describe qualifications which certify you to teach English as a foreign language. To a large extent, "TEFL" and "TESOL" are used interchangeably.

  • TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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The TEFL Academy was the world’s first TEFL course provider to receive official recognition from government regulated awarding bodies in both the USA and UK. This means when you graduate you’ll hold a globally recognised Level 3 (120hr) Certificate or Level 5 (168hr) Diploma, meaning you can find work anywhere and apply for jobs immediately.

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