The TEFL Institute of Ireland

180 Hour Government Regulated Level 5 TEFL Course

Why take the Level 5 TEFL Course?

If you are looking for a professional, globally recognised, government regulated TEFL qualification; you should consider the online level 5 TEFL course.

The TQUK Level 5 Certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (QCF) course has been regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation of the UK government (or Ofqual, for short) and has been deemed to be the equivalent of a foundation degree or a CELTA qualification and Trinity CertTESOL. This course offers 24/7 flexibility and convenience; online study access can be completed on any device by downloading the worlds first TEFL app in either the IOS or Android store.

Here are some crucial points to consider before enrolling:

  • 180 hours of regulated online TEFL training
  • Ofqual government regulated (UK) Level 5 TQUK qualification
  • Highly trusted and respected by employers worldwide
  • Fully downloadable TEFL course material
  • Expert job hunting advice plus access to TEFL jobs board
  • Lifetime support and guidance in your TEFL career
  • Instant access on enrolment
  • Learn on any device
  • Self-determined training schedule

What you get with your Level 5 TEFL Course

  • Fully downloadable TEFL course material
  • Expert job hunting advice
  • Access to TEFL jobs board
  • Lifetime support and guidance
  • Self-determined training schedule
  • TEFL App
  • Employer certificate verification
  • OFQUAL regulated certificate
6 Months Study
Use on any device
Certificate upon completion
Recognised Worldwide

Verified Student Reviews

Eoghan Coyle
Eoghan C.
16:48 18 Mar 20
Really enjoyable experience working on and completing the 120 hour online course with the TEFL Institute of Ireland!Very engaging modules which provided valuable insights into what is required to teach English as a foreign language! Would highly recommend!Thanks,Eoghan.
Arun Doris
Arun D.
14:34 18 Mar 20
I have completed the 120 hour online TEFL certificate and the 30 hour online teaching certificate in the days following. The course offers some very useful insights into the teaching environment and gave me the tools I need to succeed as teacher of English as a foreign language. Very excited to pursue a position in this line of work.
jennifer cooper
jennifer C.
13:57 18 Mar 20
I applied for the TEFL internship to Thailand which includes a 120hr Advanced TEFL Qualification. I learned so much about teaching English while doing this, they covered a lot of material so that I feel prepared to teach English as a foreign language. I also received a lot of support from TEFL staff around this, who answered any question I had and were more than friendly and helpful. I really recommend doing this qualification if you plan to teach English. I plan on continuing my learning with Tefl and doing further qualifications with them.
Daragh Lafferty
Daragh L.
13:30 18 Mar 20
I completed the 120-hour course which was very enjoyable. The structure was well coordinated, simple to follow and covered all the basics of the English language. I found the TEFL App very handy to use on my commute to college every morning/evening.
Norita Devane
Norita D.
04:42 13 Mar 20
I have just completed the 120 hour TEFL teaching course. I found the app very easy to use. I found the online course very detailed and interesting. Also, you get a good understanding of what is involved in teaching english to all levels. The online course allows you to progress at your own pace. I needed an extension to finish my course and I found Emma extremely helpful regarding this. The TEFL team are always available if you need to ask anything which was reassuring to know. Overall I was extremely happy with my experience and highly recommend this course.
Claire Wall
Claire W.
11:07 11 Mar 20
Brilliant day. Emma was very professional, engaging and supportive. Highly recommend the day to anyone seeking some practical teaching tips and advise.
Ciaran Cooney
Ciaran C.
22:48 09 Mar 20
I few days ago I just completed my 120 hour advance TEFL course and I was a bit concerned because it has been a long time ago since I was at school. However I would highly recommend the TEFL institute of Ireland, I found the course very easy to follow and understand and to be honest I quite enjoyed it and it felt very rewarding. And the team at TEFL institute of Ireland are amazing
Shannon Forry
Shannon F.
15:44 09 Mar 20
I have just completed my 120-hour advanced TEFL course and really enjoyed the experience. The course was well structured and easy to follow, with interesting and engaging content. The staff are helpful and friendly and promptly responded to my emails. I would highly recommend The TEFL Institute of Ireland and will be using their services again in the future.

Online Level 5 TEFL Course

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The Level 5 TEFL course is a government regulated qualification, stamping your CV with a lifetime, internationally recognised accreditation. Most importantly, whether you are an experienced classroom leader, or are a newcomer to the exciting world of TEFL, this training will prepare you for classrooms worldwide.

Our expert training team will be on hand to guide you each step of the way, from training to securing your dream job. Teach funny idioms on a beach in Costa Rica, give night-classes to business professionals in Japan or travel the world all the while earning an income teaching English online.

A question we see frequently is ´Do I meet the requirements to teach English abroad?´. Once you are a fluent English speaker with completed secondary school education, then you meet all requirements with flying colours. Add to this a love of adventure and wanderlust, and the TEFL world will welcome you with open arms.

Gaining your Level 5 government regulated TEFL qualification is a decision you will never regret.

The HND / Level 5 NVQ TEFL Certificate is the equivalent of the following qualifications: a diploma of higher education (DipHE in the UK), a foundation degree, two years at university and the CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL qualifications.

Ofqual-regulated TEFL training is a mark of excellence employers will trust and recognise. Average completion time: 8-10 weeks

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Outline to students the widely extended presence of English globally, and its valuable use in many countries.
  • Learn the most modern teaching methodologies and recommended classroom practices
  • Explore modern pedagogical methods and theories, such as ´behaviourism´ and the ´natural approach.
  • Total: 21 hours
  • Internal ref: R/506/8712
  • Regulator ref: R/506/8712
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 5
  • Guided learning hours: 21

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Grasp a clear understanding of the various nuances in English grammar, covering syntax, punctuation and tenses
  • Master applying these nuances into your lesson plans, adapting their use to the ESL level of the class
  • Total: 27 hours
  • Internal ref: R/506/8712
  • Regulator ref: R/506/8712
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 5
  • Guided learning hours: 27

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Master the challenge of teaching English grammar to non-native speakers
  • Help develop each student’s ability to form grammatically correct phrases and sentences.
  • Perfect the presentation of grammar structures and meanings with context
  • Master the assessment of a class´s grammar level, applying this level to lesson planning and correction of work.
  • Total: 17 hours
  • Internal ref: K/506/8716
  • Regulator ref: K/506/8716
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 17

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Develop a pedagogical approach to vocabulary
  • Integrate dictionary use to your lessons
  • Design tests for fast vocabulary learning
  • Design classroom strategies to maintain vocabulary usage, through recording and recycling.
  • Master the knowledge of lexical sets, association, collocation and ´false friends´
  • Total: 12 hours
  • Internal ref: A/506/8719
  • Regulator ref: A/506/8719
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 1
  • Guided learning hours: 12

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Distinguish between accuracy and fluency, and evaluate their importance in ESL learning
  • Gather a range of communication activities for lessons, such as debating, role play, problem solving and simulation
  • Foster the skill of self-corrected written work within each student
  • Delineate the skillful use of sarcasm, irony, contradiction and persuasion, amongst others.
  • Total: 25 hours
  • Internal ref: A/506/8722
  • Regulator ref: A/506/8722
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 4
  • Guided learning hours: 25

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Master the pedagogical approaches to listening and reading
  • Teach students techniques such as skimming and scanning
  • Outline the significance of discourse markers in the English language
  • Total: 11 hours
  • Internal ref: F/506/8723
  • Regulator ref: F/506/8723
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 11

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Master the use of both electronic and non-electronic media as teaching aids in the classroom. Think podcasts, videos and flashcards
  • Specialize in using various teaching aids, justifying their use in the classroom
  • Learn when a particular teaching aid is appropriate, and where it is not
  • Total: 11 hours
  • Internal ref: L/506/8725
  • Regulator ref: L/506/8725
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 11

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of English phonology and how to teach it to non-native speakers
  • Learn how to stress the importance of pronunciation, cadence, and intonation of English in the classroom
  • Highlight the impact each student´s mother tongue on English pronunciation, and how they can avoid this
  • Total: 18 hours
  • Internal ref: R/506/8726
  • Regulator ref: R/506/8726
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 3
  • Guided learning hours: 18

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Master the pedagogical skill of lesson planning
  • Become skilled in designing engaging lesson plans, and adapting lessons naturally in the classroom
  • Learn how to adapt lesson plans for varying levels of learners, and for mono-lingual versus multi-lingual classes
  • Total: 11 hours
  • Internal ref: D/506/8728
  • Regulator ref: D/506/8728
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 11

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Teach students aged 5-16 the basics of the English language
  • Know what motivates learners of these ages and what teaching methodologies best support them
  • Gain understanding and technique in teaching young learners
  • Design excellent lesson plans tailored to young learners, for optimal engagement and learning.
  • Total: 11 hours
  • Internal ref: D/506/8728
  • Regulator ref: D/506/8728
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 1
  • Guided learning hours: 11

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the varying resources available to TEFL teachers
  • Differentiate between the benefits of using non-electronic versus electronic resources
  • Master the navigation of online TEFL resource sites to find the best materials
  • Self-audit textbooks and coursebooks, to evaluate their standard and relevance to your teaching
  • Total: 16
  • Internal ref: H/506/8732
  • Regulator ref: H/506/8732
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 16

Irelands Top Rated Provider of TEFL

ACDL Accreditation Council for Distance Learning

ACDL - Accreditation number: 2854-2540

The TEFL institute of Ireland is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Distance Learning (ACDL), an accreditation body which specialises in distance learning courses. Thus our accreditation by ACDL reflects the high quality distance learning offered by the TEFL institute.

To learn more, visit their website: ACDL

TQUK (Training Qualifications UK)

Approved center number: C000854

The TEFL Institute of Ireland is a fully approved training centre. All of our course materials have been externally and independently approved, endorsing our brand as one of high standards and excellence. TQUK, an Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) regulated awarding body.

To learn more about TQUK and their checks and standards, visit their website: TQUK

Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation)

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations

Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.

To learn more about Ofqual or to verify TQUK status, visit their website: Ofqual

Why the TEFL Institute of Ireland?

Support & Guidance

At the TEFL Institute, we place our students at the forefront of our work. Therefore, we offer full support and guidance through training to finally launching our teachers into the TEFL industry. Whats more, our staff are experts when it comes to providing the right information and advice as you move forward. So consider us your TEFL guardians.

Quality and Experience

As leaders in the TEFL industry, our students benefit from training that has been developed over a number of years. In fact, internationally recognised and accredited by ACDL, the quality of our online TEFL course will launch you into your TEFL career.

Value

Enrolling on our fully accredited online TEFL course will give you the best value for your time and money. We know that each customer has different needs and expectations. So we offer promotions and sales on all of our courses and internships throughout the year.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Level 5 mean?

A Level 5 TEFL course is one that is regulated by Ofqual according to their qualifications framework. Another Level 5 teaching qualification is the CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Once qualified with a Level 5 TEFL qualification, you’ll have access to the most competitive jobs worldwide.

What does regulated mean?

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

What is a TEFL certification?

The “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” (TEFL) certificate, is the most commonly accepted certificate worldwide. This certificate allows you to teach English to non-native speakers across the globe. The main qualifications to get a TEFL is to have the ability to speak English at a native-level and then complete a course. You can complete a TEFL course either online or in a classroom. The different courses vary based on the number of hours it takes to complete.

How do I get a TEFL certificate?

The minimum required worldwide is to have at least the 120 Hour TEFL training.

You can choose between fully accredited TEFL courses, Government Regulated Level 5 TEFL courses or combined TEFL courses. View all our courses here.

Online TEFL courses are the most affordable & flexible way to launch your teaching career. This is a perfect way to study theoretical material at your own time & your own pace.

Combined TEFL courses are offering both online & in-class studying. They are a fantastic opportunity to get two TEFL certificates (theoretical & practical). You will learn your theory from online material and then practice it with other teachers during the 10-hour practical session, accompanied and lectured by an experienced TEFL teacher.

Before you choose your TEFL certificate, be aware to check if:

  • It is fully accredited & recognised worldwide.
  • You will gain at least 120 hours of training.
  • You will have a tutor’s assistance.
  • It is approved by an official body, such as TQUK & Ofqual in the United Kingdom.
  • Make sure to check TEFL provider reviews on Google or
  • You will have job support after completion.

What is the difference between TEFL/TESOL/CELTA?

TEFL – “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” certificate, is the most commonly accepted certificate worldwide. This certificate allows you to teach English to non-native speakers across the globe. The main qualifications to get a TEFL is to have the ability to speak English at a native-level and then complete a course. You can complete a TEFL course either online or in a classroom. The different courses vary based on the number of hours it takes to complete.

TESOL – “Teaching English as a Second Language” aka TESL. Similar to TESOL students, as a TESL teacher, you would likely be teaching English in your home country to students who have moved or live in an English speaking country. In other words, they are continuously surrounded by the language and will be using it everyday outside of the classroom, unlike TEFL students who are likely learning in their home country.

CELTA stands for “Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults” and is a very prestigious certification. In order to receive a CELTA, you must complete a 120-hour course along with six hours of teaching real ESL students. The majority of the programs are held over one-month and are full time. However, you may be able to find some courses that are part-time and are spread out over three months. The CELTA program must follow a strict regulation created by Cambridge University. Due to its intense nature and requirements, the cost also tends to be much higher and can be up to €1700!

What does TEFL stand for?

TEFL stands for “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” – TEFL is the most commonly accepted certificate worldwide.

Which TEFL course to take?

Confused about which TEFL course to enrol in? Don’t worry, as long as you can speak English at a fluent or near-fluent level, then you are eligible to take one of the TEFL Institute of Ireland’s regulated TEFL courses.

Non-native speakers do sometimes find the Ofqual Regulated Level 5 TEFL course quite challenging and we understand it is essential for you to be sure that you are comfortable with your English language abilities before choosing which course to take. As a guide, we recommend that that non-native speakers have a minimum IELTS 6.5 score. If you are unsure you should take our FREE online level test below

Complete The TEFL Institute of Ireland’s FREE English Level Test which has been designed to assist you with making this important decision.  If you have any doubts, request a call, and we can discuss which course would suit your needs.

Do I need a Bachelor’s degree to take a TEFL course?

The great news is that you don’t need a degree to take a TEFL course! This is a common worry. Anyone with fluent English can enrol in one of our courses to become a qualified and confident English teacher.
It’s good to know that a degree is a requirement in some countries to get a work permit such as Japan and Korea, but there are many opportunities for those without a degree to be hired.
Even if you see an employer preference for degree holders I still recommend applying as they may not get their full quota and you may have so many additional skills that will appeal to hiring managers.

What’s the difference between Accredited TEFL Courses vs Government Regulated Level 5 TEFL Courses?

Lots of people ask about the difference between our courses. For example, the 120-hour Premier TEFL course is what we would call one of our  fast track courses. This is the minimum recognised worldwide.

• You have 10 modules to complete usually taking 4 – 6 weeks
• Each module has a multiple-choice test at the end and you need 80% to pass
• You’ll get your digital certificate on completion and can buy a hard copy from us if you’d like one with an embossed logo immediately

Looking at the 180-hour level 5 Ofqual-regulated TEFL course by comparison:

• Learners spend typically 10 – 12 weeks to complete the 11 modules
• Since it’s a UK government regulated level 5 course the pass mark is 100% and assessments are multiple-choice plus open-ended answers. Don’t worry, you can re-attempt quizzes in order to get 100%. Our academic team will review your answers at the end of your 11 modules and may ask for some questions to be reattempted (absolutely normal). Some questions may require to provide Academic references.
• You’ll get your digital coursework completion certificate from us after module 11, and following successful assessment from our academic team, we’ll be able to claim the licence for your Ofqual (government) certificate from our accreditation body TQUK.

The Ofqual-regulated course range is certainly for those people who want to gain a higher-level more recognised qualification.

Read our blog to learn more about the Level 5 TEFL course here.

What are the benefits of completing a Level 5 TEFL Course?

If you are looking for a professional, globally recognised, Government Regulated TEFL qualification; you should consider the online level 5 TEFL course. The Government Regulated Level 5 TEFL course is the same level as CELTA and Trinity Cert TESOL. Ofqual government regulated (UK) Level 5 TQUK qualification.

The course has 180 hours of TEFL training, more than the minimum required and it’s a higher standard course and therefore, is more competitive.

What’s the age restriction to take TEFL course?

There is none really, we usually say that if you are over 16yrs old, you can start completing a TEFL course. If you are looking for jobs abroad then the minimum age requirement is 18 yrs old or higher.

Who are the ACDL?

The TEFL institute of Ireland is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Distance Learning (ACDL), an accreditation body which specialises in distance learning courses. Thus our accreditation by ACDL reflects the high quality distance learning offered by the TEFL institute.

ACDL – Accreditation number: 2854-2540

To learn more, visit their website: ACDL

Who are the TQUK?

The TEFL Institute of Ireland is a fully approved training centre. All of our course materials have been externally and independently approved, endorsing our brand as one of high standards and excellence. TQUK, an Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) regulated awarding body.

Approved center number: C000854

To learn more about TQUK and their checks and standards, visit their website: TQUK

What's Ofqual stand for?

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.

Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.

To learn more about Ofqual or to verify TQUK status, visit their website: Ofqual

Are combined TEFL courses better than the online courses?

We would always recommend attending practical training. If you have the time to attend one of our 10 hour classroom courses, then do! This will give you more confidence and it will put the theory from your online course into practice. The day course is run by our experienced TEFL’s teachers and you will learn the most important skills for executing lessons, from how to warm up the class, to using grammar in a clear and concise manner. This course is perfect if you have already TEFL cert and you would like to put it in practice. Some people prefer to start from the practical course and then do a 120-300hour TEFL course after.

We have 4 locations where we hold our day courses in Ireland:

TEFL Course Dublin, Jurys Inn, Parnell Street

TEFL Course in Galway, The Clayton Hotel

TEFL Course Cork, Radisson Blu Hotel

TEFL Course In Limerick, The Maldron Hotel

Are there any free TEFL courses for unemployed?

We don’t offer free courses but we do help with getting funding from the Dept of Social Protection in Ireland. Our comprehensive courses train you in teaching English as a foreign language at home and abroad. More information on the social welfare grant can be found by following this link: Local Social Welfare Office

This scheme is designed to fund quick access to short term training or related interventions, obtain/renew certification/permits for individual job seekers that have identified work opportunities or where Case Officers have identified an immediate skills gap that represents an obstacle to taking up a job offer or accessing other activation.

We are happy to invoice an external organisation or company on your behalf. Please get in touch with us at [email protected] and we can arrange this for you.

Here at the TEFL Institute of Ireland we firmly believe education should be affordable for everybody. Under this ethos, we offer a 10% subsidy to those who find themselves currently unemployed or in full-time education. Enrol on any of our fully accredited TEFL courses for less and open a new world of opportunities.

To gain the TEFL subsidy you should add the word FUNDING at the checkout. Please be aware that we randomly ask for proof of student or unemployed status. We accept documentation such as a copy of a student card or job seekers allowance. Please send either to us within 14 days via email to [email protected] Or via post to:

The TEFL Institute of Ireland
Old Friary Building
Lower Main Street
Dungarvan
Co. Waterford

Post code: X35 FX45

Am I too old to teach English abroad?

You are never too old to gain new qualifications. Some employers might have age restrictions but others won’t. There are always options to teach English from home, private tutor, online tutor.

Do I need to speak another language to teach English abroad?

No, it is not necessary to have knowledge of other languages. You will be able to find a job and work comfortably without knowing the language spoken in that particular country. The real question is, should you make an effort to learn a foreign language? Basic language is always a plus and we would always recommend learning a few phrases before you move abroad. Learn to say Hi, Thank you, Goodbye, Sorry. If you can order a meal and pay for that meal without automatically handing over the biggest bill in your wallet (whilst looking adorably confused) you’ll survive.

Which course to take if I only would like to focus on teaching English online?

If online teaching is your primary goal, we would always recommend at least the 120 hour TEFL training. If you would like to specialise in specific categories, you can upper your qualifications by adding 30 hour specialist’s courses such as:

  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Teaching Business English
  • Preparation for IELTS Exam
  • Preparation for TOEIC Exam

And of course, adding our 30 hour Teaching English Online course is a huge benefit as it focuses to prepare you (the teacher) how to enter online tutoring world.

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Listen to Nicky and Jenny talk to Katie, The TEFL Institute of Ireland's recruitment officer, as she highlights a range of options to teach English Abroad (TEFL) for 2018/19.

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  • Job advertisement & examples
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What’s inside?

The 46 page comprehensive TEFL brochure will tell you everything you need to know about teaching English as a foreign language – including the full range of training options, TEFL Jobs, and TEFL scholarships available.

  • Which TEFL Course
  • Why a TEFL Internships
  • TEFL Scholarships Available
  • Best countries for TEFL Jobs
  • Career Guidance Centre

What’s inside?

  • The TEFL job market
  • Types of employers
  • Job advertisement & examples
  • Interview questions
  • Tips for a good cover letter

Sign up and get instant access to your TEFL Jobs Brochure.