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Are you looking for a new career? Would you like the opportunity to work and live in another country teaching English as a foreign language?
You’re in the right place! At The TEFL Academy, we offer a reputable range of TEFL courses in Bristol. Within our offering is the Combined Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours). The initial part of this can be completed over just one weekend. Within this first section, you will spend a total of 20 hours being taught by one of our experienced trainers at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bristol. The remainder of the TEFL course can be completed online at your own convenience. During this section, you will still receive ongoing assistance from our supportive team of TEFL tutors.
The face-to-face phase of the TEFL course in Bristol will include teaching you lesson planning, lesson delivery, and lesson content. Crucially, you’ll be given the opportunity to teach a class for yourself. By the end of the weekend, you’ll leave with thorough knowledge on what exactly teaching English as a foreign language entails.
The online phase of the TEFL course consists of 148 hours in total. These can be completed over six months at your own convenience. You may choose to complete them as quickly as you like (the average time it takes our students is four to six weeks). Within the online course, you will be taught about the TEFL theory in a lot more detail. This will include in-depth teaching about the grammar and vocabulary elements.
We are the world's only TEFL course provider that has received official recognition from government regulated awarding bodies both in the US and the U.K. Our course is regulated by Ofqual (UK government) 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.
Once you’ve completed your TEFL course in Bristol, we will award you with a Level 5 TEFL Certificate (168 hours). This is a recognised certification for TEFL teachers around the world. It is Ofqual (UK government) regulated and is approved as the same level as the CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL qualifications. Once you get your grade at the end of the course, you can start your job applications on our TEFL Jobs Board immediately. We will also offer you the opportunity to specialise in your chosen field of teaching English. All enrolments on our level 5 course include a free top-up course in Teaching Young Learners, Teaching Business English or Teaching Online & 1:1. You will be provided with a unique discount code with your booking confirmation email which can be redeemed against your chosen course.
So if the idea of travelling the globe and earning good money sounds of interest, don’t wait to enrol! You can reserve a spot on one of our TEFL courses in Bristol at least two weeks before it starts, with a mere £50 deposit. Deposits are only accepted for courses more than 2 weeks away, your online course will be available as soon as you have paid the balance in full.
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).
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. Employers offering the best opportunities with the most competitive packages are now asking for level 5 TEFL qualifications. Our course leads to a Level 5 TEFL Certificate (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), 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.
You will see many TEFL courses available that are at levels lower than level 5, although these may be accepted by some recruiters, students wishing to gain access to top employers with the best jobs and working conditions should complete a level 5 TEFL qualification.
All regulated level 5 courses are 150hrs+ in length. We have never seen a single employer ask for more than 168hrs of TEFL training.
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 including in the UK.
You will be qualified to teach:
In a range of educational settings such as:
Our course is 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 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 UK. This means that accreditation bodies based solely in the UK 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 qualification on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications 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 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.
A regulated qualification means that it is officially recognised by government and sits on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications. You can view our qualification on the Ofqual register here.
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.
We know that navigating your way through the TEFL web of courses is very confusing. This is why we offer just one course, exactly what you need to get the best jobs around the world!
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:
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 view our qualification on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications here.
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.
Offering a high quality TEFL course that provides students with qualified tutors and leads to a government regulated qualification doesn't come cheap! Course providers selling on daily deal websites must heavily discount their course fees and then split what they make 50/50 with the deal portal such as Groupon, Wowcher & Amazon.
With such small revenues it’s impossible for TEFL course providers selling on daily deal websites to:
TEFL courses sold on daily deal websites are unregulated, unaccredited, lack academic credibility and will not be respected by employers.
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.
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A. Mike is a very engaging tutor who related good knowledge from his experience as a TEFL teacher as well covering the key academic points.
A. The course leader Judy was excellent! She was enthusiastic, inspiring and full of experience and expertise. I can not rate her highly enough. Thank-you!
A. Judy was very passionate about TEFL and told us about experiences she has when she first started teaching abroad and how she overcame them. She explained everything methodically and built up the information so we could see what we would be doing next.
A. Judy was amazing! She was very supportive and included everyone in activities.
A. Mark was very engaging and clear in his explanations. He helped me feel at ease in the class and gave excellent feedback regarding the teaching practice.
A. Mark was very patient and knowledgeable and gave really good advice / feedback. He kept the group on track and answered questions we had very helpfully. He was great!
A. Good energy, easy manner, fair pace, very clear, very helpful. Sara was consistent throughout the 20 hours of course. Sara made the experience enjoyable and l felt supported and encouraged. Complex elements explained clearly and concisely. A great deal of care for all students was shown.
A. The teacher was extremely engaging with the class, I did not feel bored once. She clearly had experience in teaching and I felt that the guidance she gave me will set me up well for future teaching experiences. The group was small on this occasion, which allowed us all to feel comfortable and get to know each other a little bit. We were not taught the same things repeatedly, so each portion of the course felt meaningful and concise. One recommendation which I could offer would be to provide more materials for the group work. Some colouring pens, plain paper, flash cards etc. would be useful.
A. It was incredibly well taught and well paced so that everything we did was a logical progression from the last thing. I felt mentally stimulated the whole time (which is impressive for the amount of time you are in the classroom) and breaks and changes of energy were very well timed in order to keep class engagement high. There was a very lovely atmosphere in the class and I felt very comfortable answering questions and working with people. Teacher was one of the best teachers I've had.
A. Sarah was a brilliant teacher who was completely at ease with the class and brought the class at ease with her immediately. That rapport she built up lasted throughout the course. No one was ever made to feel stupid-- stuff was taught in such a way that everyone had the knowledge they needed to carry out exercises. When people had interesting or challenging questions she always did her best to answer them.
A. Mark was a great teacher. He kept everyone engaged and participating throughout the 2 days which can't have been easy considering a large amount of content we had to get through. It was very interactive and I found it very beneficial when I resumed the online element of the course. Was satisfied throughout, the classroom element of the course was delivered very well. Nothing to fault.
A. The lectures and activities were well presented and interesting, giving a good insight into what is required to teach English to foreign students.
A. Excellent and engaging!
A. Friendly and fun classroom environment; awesome teacher; acquired a lot of useful theoretical and practical knowledge; course venue conveniently located in close proximity of the main public transport hub.
A. Cannot praise Mark enough for making the classroom experience memorable. Not only has he passed on valuable theoretical and practical knowledge but also managed to motivate the class, get everyone energized and excited about our future teaching careers!