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COURSE OVERVIEW
180 Hour Level 5 Diploma Course

Our brand-new 180 Hour Level 5 TEFL Diploma Course is bringing you the ultimate TEFL experience! If you want to get into TEFL teaching or simply upgrade your skills on your teaching CV, this course is the one for you. Our diploma is jam-packed with all the essential content you need to become a high-flying TEFL teacher and more. This diploma course is the most comprehensive online course out there.

You will study 10 modules which cover everything you need to get started in TEFL. Our extensive content covers everything from common teaching methodologies, and how to teach grammar to writing effective lesson plans for adult and young learners. The course is fully comprehensive, as we understand that you want to be armed with all the essential knowledge before heading into the classroom.

With many TEFL jobs out there waiting for you, it’s important that you obtain the best TEFL qualification out there to get you noticed. Our level 5 TEFL diploma will help you do just that. The prestigious nature of the course and the hard work you will put into it will show TEFL employers that you have undertaken the best training on the market.

With this level 5 TEFL diploma, your certificates are included for free (terms and conditions apply). This means that you will be awarded both a digital and hard copy after you pass the course, all included in the price of your course!

Months
6 Months of Study Time
8-12Weeks
is the average amount of time it takes to complete this course.
Once you have completed this diploma, you are gaining a lifetime and internationally recognised diploma certificate
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Our Course Style

This course is made up of lessons that you can study in your own time. The best thing about our course is that it’s not a boring read-and-memorise-style course! Each lesson consists of clear, detailed explanations of the topic, followed by interactive activities. These interactive activities get you involved and help you learn the lesson content in an engaging and fun way! We also have video and audio features for those who prefer learning in a different way. Just like you will do when you’re a qualified TEFL teacher, we aim to cater for all different learning styles on the Level 5 course. You will truly enjoy the learning process and get qualified at the same time!

Top 5 Benefits of this Diploma Course
  • Employers will be highly impressed that you have undertaken and passed the TEFL diploma due to its prestigious reputation and detailed TEFL training content.
  • The broad range of content covered in the TEFL diploma course will provide you with a sound knowledge of the profession and the confidence to teach English anywhere you want to.
  • The course includes free digital and hard copy certificates (terms and conditions apply), which means you don’t have to pay any extra fees for this, which is the case with other TEFL courses.
  • The interactive and engaging style of our course will leave you excited to log on and study your next lesson!
  • Our course also covers online teaching, which is a key feature of today’s TEFL market. This means you will have up-to-date knowledge of teaching TEFL today, another thing to impress your potential employers!
Academic Council & Collaboration

Our level 5 TEFL diploma course has been created by our top developers and course writers, who are highly qualified in the field of TEFL. They have used their knowledge and years of TEFL experience to develop a course that will benefit you as a trainee teacher, teaching you what you really need to know. We’ve also listened to feedback from previous courses and used this to create a course that learners from all over the world can take and benefit from.

The diploma is a level 5 award meaning it is on the same level as an undergraduate degree or a CELTA qualification, which means employers will see the hard work you have put into your qualifications. Our course is accredited by Highfield and Ofqual, ensuring that the course is of the highest standard for our learners.

Ireland’s Leading TEFL Provider

A TEFL qualification from The TEFL Institute of Ireland guarantees you a lifetime certificate that’s recognised and trusted by employers worldwide. Our courses are developed and delivered by our team of experienced EFL teachers and trainers. That means you can be sure to receive the highest standard of training on the market. 

Why Choose Us

Here are some of the reasons why you might choose us:

✔️ We pride ourselves on being the only Irish-based TEFL organisation out there. We are thrilled to keep it as local as possible, so our Irish students get the best quality training service. Alongside keeping it local, we have earned a global reputation and formed several international partnerships.

✔️We are also only one of a handful of TEFL companies that have employer verification on our website – making it easier for an employer to hire you. Our company is a well-recognised name within the TEFL community, and you will be sure to stand out.

✔️You can have access to our courses from any device, whether you are on the go or simply at home, through our exclusive TEFL app!

✔️ All of our team are TEFL teachers/travel obsessed with hands on experience abroad and online. We can give personalised advice on your next steps.

✔️ If you’re still not 100% convinced, then check out our 5 star reviews on Facebook and Google. They certainly speak for themselves.

Our Accreditations

HIGHFIELD QUALIFICATIONS AWARDING BODY IN THE UK

Approved Center Number: 21335

Highfield Qualifications are a global leader in compliance and work-based learning and apprenticeship qualifications and one of the UK’s most recognisable awarding organisations. The TEFL Institute is an approved training center by Highfield Qualifications, an independent Ofqual approved Awarding Organization. This means the TEFL Institute has met Highfield’s expectations for developing and delivering high quality courses in the TEFL industry. Every year, Highfield maintains evaluation visits to ensure we are consistently meeting the high standards with our training.

OFQUAL (THE OFFICE OF QUALIFICATIONS AND EXAMINATIONS REGULATION)

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is the regulator for vocational qualifications in England and Northern Ireland. Ofqual gives formal recognition to Awarding Organizations and monitors their activities. Ofqual has given approval for Highfield, the Awarding Organization (AO), to provide a wide range of regulated qualifications in varying sectors, including Education and Training.

You will gain 38 Credit Points at Level 5 (RQF) on successful completion of the 180 hour Ofqual regulated TEFL Diploma course (launched October 2021), which is more than most Level 5 TEFL qualifications. Qualification Number 610/1571/4 on the Ofqual Register.

View the TEFL Institute’s qualification status on the Ofqual Register

DEAC AQC CURRICULUM APPROVED CENTRE

DEAC is a prestigious accrediting agency based in the United States. Its Approval Quality Curriculum (AQC) status signifies that a program or course has met its rigorous quality standards. For our Level 5 TEFL Courses, DEAC approval means that our curriculum, assessments, and overall standards align with those set by US educational authorities. AQC stands for Approved Quality Curriculum. It is a status granted by DEAC to signify that a particular curriculum or course offered by an educational institution meets the rigorous quality standards set by DEAC. Essentially, AQC indicates that the curriculum has been thoroughly reviewed and approved by DEAC for its quality and adherence to educational standards.

At The TEFL Institute, we proudly announce that our Level 5 TEFL Courses have received approval from DEAC, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. DEAC’s AQC designation signifies that our courses meet stringent quality standards, ensuring that our students receive the highest quality education in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). This approval underscores our commitment to providing exceptional TEFL training that meets global standards of excellence.

ODLQC – OPEN & DISTANCE LEARNING QUALITY COUNCIL

ODLQC was founded in 1969 as the Council for the Accreditation of Correspondence Colleges, becoming the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council in 1995.Accreditation follows a rigorous assessment of a provider’s administrative and tutorial methods, educational materials and publicity, to ensure that all Standards are met. Our courses undergo strict external monitoring and control checks an on ongoing basis to ensure you receive the highest quality teacher training experience.

View the TEFL Institute’s verification on ODLQC website.

Who can take this course?

A person who:
– is a native or fluent English speaker,
– is looking to teach abroad or online and earn a top salary,
– wants to teach in Europe or the Middle East, or even native English-speaking countries,
– wants to work for the best TEFL employers

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Course Content Breakdown
Our courses are built with the student's experience in mind - proven learning principles, mentorship. With interactive, up-to-date materials, we have created the most comprehensive and user friendly course on the market based on our many years of experience in delivering top-quality TEFL training.
Internationally Recognised TEFL Diploma
Digital & hard copy Ofqual level 5 diploma included.
Letter of Reference
Complete your TEFL course & receive a free personalised PDF reference letter.
Full Suite of Tutor Support
Weekly Zoom classes, personal tutor assigned to each learner & Discord Board to connect with other learners.
Level 5 TEFL Diploma Courses
TEFL training approved by Highfield Qualifications and government regulated by Ofqual. Giving you CELTA equivalent level of certification.
Job Support
Lifetime access to our jobs board & recruitment team ready to help you kickstart your TEFL career.
Employer Certificate Verification
Your future employer can verify if your certificate is on our database and accredited.
TEFL on the Go App
All students can complete their training from any device, from anywhere in the world with 24/7 access.
24/7 Access
Self-paced online TEFL Course. Complete the course at your own pace, and at times that suit you. Even if you are working or studying you can complete the course at ease with our 6 months study time.
Course Content Breakdown
8-12 weeks • TEFL Institute of Ireland mentorship • approx. 5-6 hrs/week time commitment
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180 hour Level 5 Diploma
Module 1: The Principles of Teaching English Grammar

Module 1: The Principles of Teaching English Grammar

In order to teach grammar, a TEFL teacher needs to be comfortable and understand it themselves! This is why we provide a comprehensive overview of grammar in the English language. If you’re not an expert on grammar before the course, you will be when you finish Module 1!

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5 Diploma
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 6
  • Guided learning hours: 30
Module 2: The Principles of Teaching English Vocabulary

Module 2: The Principles of Teaching English Vocabulary

Teaching English isn’t all about grammar, teaching vocabulary is important too. In this module, you’ll learn about the different groups of vocabulary that we teach, how students learn new words best and the most effective techniques that we use as teachers to teach new vocabulary in the classroom.

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5 Diploma
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 3
  • Guided learning hours: 15
Module 3: The Principles of Learners' Needs and Teaching Methodologies for Online and Face-to-Face learning

Module 3: The Principles of Learners’ Needs and Teaching Methodologies for Online and Face-to-Face learning

In the world of TEFL, there are different lesson structures and methodologies we use. It is likely that employers will expect you to be able to employ some of these methodologies when you teach your lessons. In this module, you will learn about the most common TEFL teaching methodologies; how they work and how to implement them!

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 3
  • Guided learning hours: 15
Module 4: The Principles of Teaching Receptive Skills

Module 4: The Principles of Teaching Receptive Skills

Another side of TEFL teaching is teaching students the necessary skills they need to be able to use the language. In this module, you will learn about techniques and activities to use to maximise the student’s use of receptive skills (listening and reading!)

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 3
  • Guided learning hours: 18
Module 5: The Principles of Teaching Productive Skills

Module 5: The Principles of Teaching Productive Skills 

Once you’ve mastered teaching reading and listening, we move onto how to teach the productive skills: speaking and writing! These are essential skills for students. In this module, you will learn how to help your students master these skills and become more fluent in English.

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 3
  • Guided learning hours: 18
Module 6: The Principles of Teaching Pronunciation and Phonology

Module 6: The Principles of Teaching Pronunciation and Phonology

Pronunciation is key in language learning. If students can’t pronounce things coherently, they can’t be understood which defeats the whole purpose of speaking another language. In this module, you will learn how to teach pronunciation, why it’s important and what techniques and methods you can use to be able to do this with success in the classroom.

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 14
Module 7: The Principles of Online Teaching Using Teaching Aids and Materials

Module 7: The Principles of Online Teaching Using Teaching Aids and Materials

Pronunciation is key in language learning. If students can’t pronounce things coherently, they can’t be understood which defeats the whole purpose of speaking another language. In this module, you will learn how to teach pronunciation, why it’s important and what techniques and methods you can use to be able to do this with success in the classroom.

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 17
Module 8: The Principles of Lesson Planning and Online Classroom Management Techniques

Module 8: The Principles of Lesson Planning and Online Classroom Management Techniques

Teaching TEFL is about much more than simply teaching grammar or skills. It’s important that the teacher can manage their classroom and create an effective learning environment for their students. In Module 8, you will learn what you can do to make your lessons more efficient and how students can get the most out of their time with you, maximizing their learning experience.

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 15
Module 9: The Principles of Teaching Adults English as a Foreign Language

Module 9: The Principles of Teaching Adults English as a Foreign Language 

Teaching TEFL is about much more than simply teaching grammar or skills. It’s important that the teacher can manage their classroom and create an effective learning environment for their students. In Module 8, you will learn what you can do to make your lessons more efficient and how students can get the most out of their time with you, maximising their learning experience.

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 3
  • Guided learning hours: 3
Module 10: The Principles of Teaching Young Learners English as a Foreign Language for Online and Face-to-Face Learning

Module 10: The Principles of Teaching Young Learners English as a Foreign Language for Online and Face-to-Face learning

Being able to teach young learners (normally children between 6-13 years old) is a speciality in TEFL, which will unlock more jobs for you worldwide. In this module, you will learn about considerations for teaching children, how to manage your classes and motivate them.
You will also carry on your lesson planning skills and plan some lessons for this age group!

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 3
  • Guided learning hours: 19
DEDICATED MENTORSHIP
Meet your instructors
Youre not in this alone, as part of this course youll be matched with a mentor from our academic team. Mentors are CELTA & DELTA qualified, and have at least 4 years of teaching experience. Whenever you will need help our tutor team is there to guide you. create alongside them, and receive weekly live & asynchronous feedback on real-world projects.
The TEFL Institute mentor network
Jacob
Academic Director
Rachel
Academic Assessor & Tutor
Luke
Academic Assessor
Sian
Academic Assessor
Laura
Academic Assessor
Jenny
Academic Assessor
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
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So happy after receiving my diploma in an email from Olivia! I very much enjoyed the experience completing my level 5 course, I have learned a lot and I feel prepared to start working as an English teacher. Thank you!
Catherine Smith
Catherine Smith
14:32 22 May 24
I recently attended a Webinar hel by Jessica and Walter. It was extremely interactive and I found the information relayed by both very useful. Both were patient, upbeat and had all relevant information readily available when asked a question. Very worthwhile.
Robbie Murphy
Robbie Murphy
12:37 22 May 24
I have enrolled for a course with TEFL institute today, so cannot comment on the course yet. But what is worth mentioning is very competent pre-purchase guidance. I filled in a "call-me-back" form not hoping for much response, but soon was surprised by an actual phone call from Ireland from one of the instructors, Walter Cullinan (I'm in South Africa by the way). He gave me some honest and competent feedback on my points of interest, provided some further comments through timely email interaction and I ended up signing up for the course.
Liliya Galieva
Liliya Galieva
10:16 22 May 24
It was very good!
Niclas Lundberg
Niclas Lundberg
08:48 22 May 24
I recently completed the TEFL course Level 5 with The TEFL Institute Ireland and overall, it was a positive experience (it was rather tough, though :))) ) Instructors were supportive and knowledgeable.I'm also grateful for the ongoing support provided by The TEFL Institute Ireland even after completing the course. The availability of numerous webinars aimed at assisting graduates in finding employment opportunities is highly appreciated.Today's webinar by Jessica and Walter was very informative and interesting.
Salome Gorgiladze
Salome Gorgiladze
18:23 21 May 24
The webinar with Jessica and Walter was brilliant. They introduced some teaching opportunities in Europe, patiently answered every question, gave useful practical advice. All in friendly and supportive environment.
Emese Toth
Emese Toth
17:23 21 May 24
I just attended the webinar Teaching English in Europe: What You Need to Know, hosted by Jessica & Walter. It was informative and very helpful. I was very happy to learn about all of the options for TEFL teachers in Italy, particularly the increasing demand for private teachers.
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17:01 21 May 24
I've recently begun my 300+ Hr Level 5 certification and the lessons are clear and straightforward. The process to enroll was also simple and straightforward. TEFL Institute, including specialists and advisors such as Jessica Jeffery and Walter Cullinan, gives its students adequate support/help to complete their certification as well as giving guidance when looking for work overseas. I would highly recommend.
Patrick Cole
Patrick Cole
16:53 21 May 24
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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 English 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 courses vary based on the number of hours it takes to complete.

What does Level 5 mean?

A level 5 TEFL course 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 DEAC and AQC, and what do they signify for The TEFL Institute's Level 5 TEFL Courses?

DEAC stands for the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. It is a recognised accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education, responsible for evaluating and accrediting distance education programs.

AQC stands for Approved Quality Curriculum. It is a status granted by DEAC to signify that a curriculum meets their rigorous quality standards. For The TEFL Institute’s Level 5 TEFL Courses, DEAC AQC Curriculum Approval confirms that our courses have undergone a thorough evaluation and have been deemed to meet the high standards DEAC sets. This approval demonstrates the quality and credibility of our TEFL courses, ensuring that students receive exceptional education and training in TEFL.

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, our 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 cert from us upon completion, and you can purchase your hardcopy certificate for only €25.

Looking at the 180 hour level 5 Ofqual-regulated TEFL diploma by comparison. It’s a CELTA equivalent level of training.

• Learners typically spend 8-10 weeks to complete the 10 modules
• Since it’s a UK government-regulated level 5 diploma 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 10 modules and may ask for some questions to be reattempted (absolutely normal). Some questions may require providing academic references.
• After module 10, 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 Highfield Qualifications. You’ll get your digital and hard copy level 5 diploma certificate from us at no extra charge.

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

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

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 sometimes find the Ofqual Regulated Level 5 TEFL Course quite challenging. 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 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.

What are the technological requirements to complete this course?

This Level 5 course can be completed on a desktop/ laptop PC or on a mobile device via our app (available on the Apple and Google Play stores). In general, we recommend a good internet connection with a minimum of 10mbps download speed and 2mbps upload speed. In order to complete the course, you will need to be connected to the internet at all times.

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