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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. Our Level 5 TEFL Course is DEAC-approved as meeting the criteria for Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) status. The DEAC is a U.S. Department of Education National Accreditor.

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:

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 the . This means that accreditation bodies based solely in the may not be recognized 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:

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 Certificate (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.

Yes this is possible via our student services team. Please contact for further information.
No, only once you have made the course payment in full will you receive access to both to the online course and participate in a classroom course. To add once you have made a course payment in full you will receive instant access to the online course. Both specific classroom courses and the Flexi Date option must be paid 7 days prior to the classroom course starting.
Yes this is possible but transfer fees apply if you are within 7 days of the classroom course. Please see our T&C's for further information on transfers.
Yes once your Flexi option is in date you can redeem it anytime.
No, it is suggested to have started the online course before attending the classroom course as some of the areas covered are support by learnings from the online course.
You will need to extend your classroom course option for a fee. Please contact for further details.
With our Flexi Date option, simply book your course now and use your unique code to take your 20 hour classroom course at a later date within the next 12 months. Perfect if you want to get started but you haven't worked out your classroom availability yet.
There is an assignment in the final unit of the top-up course. If you have completed the level 5 course with us and have used a voucher to redeem your top-up course, you will not need to complete the assignment. If you have not completed a level 5 course with us or have paid for the top-up course then you will be required as part of the course to complete the assignment. 

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. All regulated Level 3 TEFL courses are around 120 hours in length. We have never seen an employer that accepts Level 3 qualifications ask for more than 120 hours of TEFL training. All regulated Level 5 TEFL courses are 150hrs+ in length. We have never seen a single employer ask for more than 168hrs of TEFL training.

The online Level 3 version of our TEFL course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to take your first steps in the TEFL industry. The course is designed for anybody seeking casual work teaching English, such as volunteering, backpacking or finding work “in-country”, and some online teaching roles.

The Level 5 version of our TEFL course provides an in-depth overview of TEFL and is a good choice if you wish to gain formal employment teaching English, such as the contracted roles on our jobs board, or government teaching programmes, which usually include accommodation, flight reimbursements and help in gaining a work visa.

If you feel you would benefit from face-to-face tuition, including the opportunity to practise all you have learnt in the classroom, you should choose a combined Level 5 168-hour TEFL course with 20-hours of face-to-face training. If you cannot attend a classroom TEFL course, or perhaps are looking for a more flexible way to get TEFL qualified, you should choose an online-only Level 3 or Level 5 TEFL course.

The level 5 course is the same level as CELTA and Trinity Cert TESOL
DEAC (U.S. Department of Education recognized body) approved qualification
The course is 168 hours 
The course is tutor-supported
6 months’ access to the course

You will be provided with a unique discount code with your booking confirmation email when enrolling on our main level 5 TEFL course. Simply choose your top-up course from the list here and redeem your discount code by entering it in the promotional code box. We recommend you redeem your code after you have successfully completed the main course. 

Our Combined Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours) costs $820 & our Online Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours) costs $500; this includes all the course materials and tutor support as well as a unit on teaching English to young learners, for which other course providers would charge an additional fee.  Your official TEFL certificate will be posted to you within 14 working days of completing the course from Qualifi. Our students take an average of 4-6 weeks to complete the course. 


If you choose the Online Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours), then you must pay the full course fee up front. If you choose the Combined Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours), then you can choose to pay the full course fee up front, or if your course is over two weeks away you can book on a course by paying a $80 deposit. You will need to clear the remaining balance no later than one week before your course date. Access to the online course is provided on receipt of the full balance payment. 


You do not need to be a native speaker to study our course. Roughly 20% of our students are non-native speakers. Please see the FAQ 'What level should my English be?' for advice on the level of proficiency you need.


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: (You will need Chrome or Opera to do this test)

C1 is the level represented by the following public exams:

The Pearson Test of English (PTE) General Level 4

Trinity ISE III

Trinity GESE Grades 10 and 11

Cambridge CAE (Grade A, B or C)

Cambridge Business Higher

IELTS score 6.5-7.5

Michigan ECPE

TOEFL score 95-120

TOIEIC Listening: 490-495 Reading 455 Speaking: 180 Writing: 180

Duolingo English Test: 95 minimum

You will receive The TEFL Academy Level 5 TEFL Certificate (168 hrs), which is regulated by Ofqual (UK government). The qualification is awarded by Qualifi, an Ofqual regulated awarding body.  

In addition our qualification is DEAC-approved as meeting the criteria for Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) status. The DEAC is a U.S. Department of Education recognised awarding body.

Our level 5 TEFL certificate qualifies you to teach English as a foreign language internationally, including in America. The qualification is at the same level as the CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL qualifications. 

You can verify our qualification on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications here.

Both the Level 5 Combined and Online TEFL Courses (168 hours) are assessed by a mix of short exams and coursework. All eleven units are exam-assessed and for units 5, 10 and 11 there are also coursework-assessed assignments. Please note that in order to pass each test at the end of each unit, you will need to achieve a minimum of 70%.On completion students are awarded Pass, Merit, or Distinction.



The 20-hour classroom training session on the combined course is not assessed. As long as you attend and participate, you will pass it. It is possible to fail the online tests and the three submitted coursework assignments. However, if you fail a test, you can see which answers you got wrong, revise the Unit and take it again as many times as you need to pass it. If you do not pass a submitted assignment you will receive very clear feedback on what you need to do to pass and given the opportunity to resubmit. You can make up to three submissions for each assignment.  Over 90% of the students who submit the final assignment pass the course.

We are fully aware that most of our students have not studied grammar since they were at school as children, as a result grammar is covered in the course. Your grammar skills will be satisfactory to complete the course if you are fluent in English.

All course materials are included in the course fee. You do not need any books or special materials to bring with you to the course.


Peer to peer teaching practice is one of the fundamental aspects of the course. 

On average around 20 people will attend each one of our course dates. Please note these are only averages and course numbers do fluctuate.

Disabled access varies from one training facility to another. Please contact us to find out specific information for individual training centres.

You will be qualified to teach children and adults.

Your certificate will be issued, approved, and dispatched within 14 working days of the course completion date from Qualifi. Our students take an average of 4-6 weeks to complete the course. 

You can start applying for jobs in the  and abroad as soon as you have passed the course. Your TEFL certificate will be issued, approved, and dispatched within 14 working days of the course completion date from Qualifi.

There are literally hundreds of jobs boards and other resources newly qualified teachers can use to find employment. We will point you in the right direction and assist you in making job applications. All students who complete the full 168-hour course can also apply for jobs on our exclusive jobs board

Many of our students choose to start applying for jobs before they complete their qualification. Employers will often accept applicants without a TEFL certificate, as long as they can prove they have enrolled on and started a suitable TEFL course. This is a good way of ensuring you have a job waiting as soon as you qualify, however any students choosing to apply for jobs before they complete the course should bear in mind that we cannot be held responsible if you do not complete your course in time.  Some students struggle with the course more than others, or are unable to commit to full time study. The marking of assignments takes up to 5 working days (sometimes longer at busy times of the year), in addition students should allow time to receive their certificate. We advise that students allow at least 4 weeks as contingency time, to allow for any unforeseen circumstances. For example, a student planning to study full time and complete the course within 6 weeks, should allow at least 10 weeks before they are likely to receive their certificate for visa/travel purposes. 


There aren't any specific technology requirements for doing the online course, other than having Internet access with a modern Internet browser and a PC, laptop or tablet.

Your 6-month access to the online course will start as soon as you pay for the course in full. It doesn’t matter how much of the online course you have completed before the weekend training but we recommend completing at least one unit before you attend.

You can contact our team of dedicated tutors through your online course ticket system. They will respond to you within 24 hours via email. If you have any non-academic enquiries, then please contact the team at head office.


Absolutely not! The highest level of TEFL qualification you will see asked for on job advertisements is a Level 5 TEFL Certificate. We have NEVER seen a single employer ask for a Diploma or more than 168hrs of TEFL training (most Level 5 TEFL courses are 150+hrs in length). Our 168hr Level 5 TEFL Course is the only qualification you need to get the best jobs around the world!

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