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Online TEFL Course, Level 3 Certificate (120hrs)

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The USA's leading 120 hour online TEFL course

The only online TEFL course you need — 120 hours, and you’re done!

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Online TEFL Course, Level 3 Certificate (120hrs)

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The USA's leading 120 hour online TEFL course

Our Level 3 TEFL certificate course is an online-only course which leads to a 120hr TEFL certificate. It is the best option if you want to find casual work teaching English, such as volunteer teaching, teaching whilst backpacking, plus some online roles. 

Enroll today and you’ll also receive $700 of additional online learning for FREE, including three top-up courses (Teaching business EnglishTeaching 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 in a row (2019, 2020 & 2021). We were also the first TEFL course provider to receive official recognition from government regulated awarding bodies in both the USA and UK.

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.

So, after successful completion of your TEFL course, you’ll receive an internationally recognised Level 3 TEFL certificate (120hrs).

Your qualification will be at the same level as the following qualifications: A-Level, BTEC Nationals, International Baccalaureate I8 and Advanced Apprenticeships.

Our online Level 3 TEFL certificate course can be studied at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home. It contains nine mandatory units, all assessed with an exam at the end, with two units containing 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 three to five weeks when studying full time. 

The 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 the USA.

If you would like to gain real-life teaching experience without attending one of our campuses, then please take a look at our 10hr Teaching Practice Course (Webinar).

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Online Course (Instant access on enrolment)

The course consists of nine mandatory units. All nine units are exam-assessed, and for two of the units there are also coursework-assessed assignments. You get 6 months of access to the course, but some students complete their qualification within 3 – 5 weeks (when studied full time).

  • Online Course Unit Breakdown
  • A history of TEFL and how people learn
  • Lesson planning
  • Teaching online
  • Reflective practice for teaching and learning
  • Understanding and teaching English grammar
  • Teaching vocabulary and pronunciation
  • Teaching receptive skills - listening and reading
  • Teaching productive skills - speaking and writing
  • A TEFL toolkit
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:

  • Teaching Online
  • Schools
  • Private English Language Schools
  • 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 3 version of our course 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. After successful completion of the course, you’ll be presented with an internationally recognised Level 3 TEFL Certificate (120 hrs).

A regulated Level 3 qualification means that Ofqual (UK government) has approved the qualification to be at a recognised level of achievement. The Level 3 TEFL Certificate is the same level as the following qualifications: A-Level, BTEC Nationals, International Baccalaureate I8 and Advanced Apprenticeships.

The Level 5 version of our TEFL course is a more in-depth overview of TEFL. It requires more of a time commitment (168 hrs) and is often a requirement to secure more formal jobs such as the contracted roles on our jobs board, which usually include accommodation, flight reimbursements and help in gaining a work visa. The decision on which level to choose depends entirely on your own needs, situation and teaching plans.

All regulated Level 3 TEFL courses are 120 hours in length. We have never seen an employer that accepts Level 3 qualifications ask for more than 120 hours 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 $390
  • 24 FREE weekly one hour webinars (join live or watch later) — worth $250
  • 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 course consists of nine mandatory units. All nine units are exam-assessed, and for two of the units there are also coursework-assessed assignments. You get 6 months of access to the course, but some students complete their qualification within 3 – 5 weeks (when studied full time).

  • Online Course Unit Breakdown
  • A history of TEFL and how people learn
  • Lesson planning
  • Teaching online
  • Reflective practice for teaching and learning
  • Understanding and teaching English grammar
  • Teaching vocabulary and pronunciation
  • Teaching receptive skills - listening and reading
  • Teaching productive skills - speaking and writing
  • A TEFL toolkit
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:

  • Teaching Online
  • Schools
  • Private English Language Schools
  • 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 3 version of our course 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. After successful completion of the course, you’ll be presented with an internationally recognised Level 3 TEFL Certificate (120 hrs).

A regulated Level 3 qualification means that Ofqual (UK government) has approved the qualification to be at a recognised level of achievement. The Level 3 TEFL Certificate is the same level as the following qualifications: A-Level, BTEC Nationals, International Baccalaureate I8 and Advanced Apprenticeships.

The Level 5 version of our TEFL course is a more in-depth overview of TEFL. It requires more of a time commitment (168 hrs) and is often a requirement to secure more formal jobs such as the contracted roles on our jobs board, which usually include accommodation, flight reimbursements and help in gaining a work visa. The decision on which level to choose depends entirely on your own needs, situation and teaching plans.

All regulated Level 3 TEFL courses are 120 hours in length. We have never seen an employer that accepts Level 3 qualifications ask for more than 120 hours 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 $390
  • 24 FREE weekly one hour webinars (join live or watch later) — worth $250
  • 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 3 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 USA. This means that accreditation bodies based solely in the USA 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 different “levels” refer 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 3 qualification means that Ofqual (UK government) has approved the qualification to be at a recognised level of achievement. Our Level 3 TEFL Certificate (120hrs) is the same level as the following qualifications: A-Level, BTEC Nationals, International Baccalaureate I8 and Advanced Apprenticeships.

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 3 100-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.

Yes, you can! Our students have the option to upgrade their qualification from Level 3 to Level 5. You will be required to complete the Level 5 assessments and pay the Level 5 Upgrade Fee. For the latest fees please contact us.

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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