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The UK's Leading Level 5 TEFL Diploma Course

The one and only course you need -168hrs and you're done!

What our Combined Level 5 TEFL Diploma Course includes

  • 10-hour Classroom Teaching Practice TEFL Course in Ashford

  • 158-hour Online TEFL & Grammar Course to further your TEFL training (6 months’ access)

  • Three FREE 30-hour top-up courses in Teaching Young Learners, Teaching Business English and Teaching Online & 1:1 — worth £360

  • 24 FREE weekly one hour webinars (join live or watch later) — worth £200

  • 282 hours of TEFL training (114 FREE optional top-up course/webinar hours)

  • FREE The TEFL Handbook ebook — worth £25

  • FREE The TEFL Resource Pack ebook — worth £25

  • Guaranteed pass (or your money back)

  • Level 5 Diploma, Ofqual (UK government) regulated qualification

  • Tutor support from EFL professionals

  • Help with finding TEFL Jobs abroad on completion of the course

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How would you feel about a change of career and the excitement of working in another country while teaching English as a foreign language?

We have the answer right here at The TEFL Academy with our TEFL courses available in Ashford. The classroom part of our Combined Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours) is completed in 1 day, where you spend 10 hours learning from one of our TEFL instructors. You will be trained at the Holiday Inn in Ashford. The online portion of the course can be started before or after your classroom training. You can study in your own time, with our team of dedicated TEFL tutors, there to help you every step along the way.

During your course in Ashford with our instructors, you will learn about classroom management and become classroom confident with 6 hours of peer-to-peer teaching practice. A separate 10-hour Teaching Practice Certificate will be awarded on completion.

The online section of the course includes 158 hours of TEFL training. You can spread your learning over six months, but some students complete the course within 4-6 weeks. The online course covers the theory of TEFL in more detail, including grammar and vocabulary teaching.

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 have successfully completed the TEFL course in Ashford, you will receive your diploma. The Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168 hours) is internationally recognised. It is regulated by Ofqual (UK government), and is approved as the same level as the CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL certifications. Once you have completed and received your grades, you are free to start looking for English teaching jobs abroad! Our TEFL Jobs Board is the perfect place to start looking. We also offer you the opportunity to specialise in your chosen field of English. All enrolments on our level 5 course include three free top-up courses in Teaching Young LearnersTeaching Business English and Teaching Online & 1:1. You will be provided with a unique discount code with your booking confirmation email which can be redeemed against each course.

What’s stopping you from travelling the world and earning a good wage while you do it? With a small deposit of just £50, you can reserve your place on one of our TEFL courses in Ashford. 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.

Classroom Course Timetable

1 Day (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.)

  • TEFL Course Introduction
  • Classroom Management
  • Concept Checking and Eliciting Questions
  • Morning Break
  • Teaching Practice 1
  • Break for Lunch
  • Teaching Practice 2
  • Afternoon Break
  • Teaching Practice 3
  • Q&A Session

Online Course (Instant access on enrollment)

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."

Course 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.


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."

Meagan Gaskell, TEFL Trainer

If you had asked Meagan what she wanted to be when she grew up, you would have heard a variety of jobs from farmer, veterinarian and photographer to international pop star. Teaching was never in the equation. If only she knew then what she knows now!

After a sudden and severe change in her circumstances Meagan enrolled on a TEFL course at her mum’s urging. The rest, as they say, is history,
It was the best decision she has ever made (apart from taking her mum’s advice of course!) Completing her TEFL qualification in 2015 Meagan began volunteering at a number of language schools in the UK, which soon led to paid work in both classroom based and online teaching.
While TEFL offers many opportunities to travel and teach around the world, due to feline commitments, Meagan’s intention was always to stay in the UK. She is now a full time ESOL tutor at a local adult education centre and also teaches young learners at various language schools in Kent during the summer and half term breaks.

Meagan Gaskell

"One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching is building connections with your students, not only learning about their culture but also who they are as individuals. To watch them grow in confidence, progress and achieve their goals is wonderful. "

How would you feel about a change of career and the excitement of working in another country while teaching English as a foreign language?

We have the answer right here at The TEFL Academy with our TEFL courses available in Ashford. The classroom part of our Combined Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours) is completed in 1 day, where you spend 10 hours learning from one of our TEFL instructors. You will be trained at the Holiday Inn in Ashford. The online portion of the course can be started before or after your classroom training. You can study in your own time, with our team of dedicated TEFL tutors, there to help you every step along the way.

During your course in Ashford with our instructors, you will learn about classroom management and become classroom confident with 6 hours of peer-to-peer teaching practice. A separate 10-hour Teaching Practice Certificate will be awarded on completion.

The online section of the course includes 158 hours of TEFL training. You can spread your learning over six months, but some students complete the course within 4-6 weeks. The online course covers the theory of TEFL in more detail, including grammar and vocabulary teaching.

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 have successfully completed the TEFL course in Ashford, you will receive your diploma. The Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168 hours) is internationally recognised. It is regulated by Ofqual (UK government), and is approved as the same level as the CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL certifications. Once you have completed and received your grades, you are free to start looking for English teaching jobs abroad! Our TEFL Jobs Board is the perfect place to start looking. We also offer you the opportunity to specialise in your chosen field of English. All enrolments on our level 5 course include three free top-up courses in Teaching Young LearnersTeaching Business English and Teaching Online & 1:1. You will be provided with a unique discount code with your booking confirmation email which can be redeemed against each course.

What’s stopping you from travelling the world and earning a good wage while you do it? With a small deposit of just £50, you can reserve your place on one of our TEFL courses in Ashford. 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.

1 Day (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.)

  • TEFL Course Introduction
  • Classroom Management
  • Concept Checking and Eliciting Questions
  • Morning Break
  • Teaching Practice 1
  • Break for Lunch
  • Teaching Practice 2
  • Afternoon Break
  • Teaching Practice 3
  • Q&A Session

Online Course (Instant access on enrollment)

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."

Course 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.

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."

Meagan Gaskell, TEFL Trainer

If you had asked Meagan what she wanted to be when she grew up, you would have heard a variety of jobs from farmer, veterinarian and photographer to international pop star. Teaching was never in the equation. If only she knew then what she knows now!

After a sudden and severe change in her circumstances Meagan enrolled on a TEFL course at her mum’s urging. The rest, as they say, is history,
It was the best decision she has ever made (apart from taking her mum’s advice of course!) Completing her TEFL qualification in 2015 Meagan began volunteering at a number of language schools in the UK, which soon led to paid work in both classroom based and online teaching.
While TEFL offers many opportunities to travel and teach around the world, due to feline commitments, Meagan’s intention was always to stay in the UK. She is now a full time ESOL tutor at a local adult education centre and also teaches young learners at various language schools in Kent during the summer and half term breaks.

Meagan Gaskell

"One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching is building connections with your students, not only learning about their culture but also who they are as individuals. To watch them grow in confidence, progress and achieve their goals is wonderful. "

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The TEFL Academy course is held at

Holiday Inn Ashford - Central
Canterbury Rd
Ashford, Kent
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Accreditation FAQ

The simple answer is, we just don't know! If you want casual work teaching English, such as volunteer teaching, teaching whilst backpacking, plus some online roles, then you should complete a 120 hour Level 3 TEFL course.

If you want more formal work teaching English, such as the contracted roles on our jobs board or government teaching programmes, then check out our Level 5 course options here.

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. 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 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 will help your CV/Resume stand out against other applicants for TEFL jobs. Our Diploma is the highest Level 5 Diploma available, so courses advertised as an "Advanced Diploma" are equal to our qualification.

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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Dane
  • Q. How satisfied you were with your TEFL Tutor? A. Her lessons were concise, clear and over all very well done. I have no complaints.
  • Q. How satisfied you were with the classroom element of the course? A. We were given two opportunities to do a practical within the course which was great. It gave me a chance to materialise some of the skills we were being taught by the tutor. I thought it was extremely valuable.
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Katriona
  • Q. How satisfied were you with the classroom element of the course? A. The tutor, John was really informative as well as laid back. He made me feel comfortable to express my answers even though they might have been incorrect. The grouo was small (6 students) therefore it was easy to work in pairs and discuss the task in hand.
  • Q. How satisfied were you with your TEFL Tutor? A. John was very informative and made you feel comfortable expressing your answers or opinions. He also encouraged group/pair activities which made it easier to get to know the other students.
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Tristan
  • Q. How satisfied were you with your TEFL Tutor? A. Jennifer was an absolute legend. Her passion for teaching and ability to motivate you and teach the subject with such class was truly something special. She made the course fun but so constructive and valuable it really helped me get a firm grasp of what teaching English in a foreign language is all about and how to go about in the best way possible! 10/10 for Jen!
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Vicky
  • Q. How satisfied you were with your TEFL Tutor? A. I thought Emma our tutor was great and gave really good insight and advice on how to be a good teacher. She was well prepared and engaging.
  • Q. How satisfied you were with the classroom element of the course? A. I have a new found respect for teachers!

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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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