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The TEFL Institute of Ireland is thrilled to offer 180 hours of Level 5 Ofqual regulated TEFL certification training.

Not only is it internationally recognized, administered by the UK government, and a lifetime cert. This ultra-professional level of training is equivalent to Trinity CertTESOL and CELTA – AMAZING, right?

It involves a lot of work, but it sets you up for a profitable career as a TEFL teacher abroad. We know there are a lot of questions that students would like to know about this comprehensive course. We’re here to answer your Level 5 course FAQs so that you can make an informed decision before pursuing this track to teaching abroad.

Level 5 course FAQs

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism = the worst. If it’s not your idea or your original work, you need to give proper credit, and if you don’t. Well, that’s when plagiarism comes in.

Plagiarism, or copying another’s intellectual property, is unacceptable whether done intentionally or accidentally when completing a level 5 course, or any course for that matter. Before beginning your level 5 course you’ll need to read our full plagiarism policy, take a sneak peek.

If I resubmit an assessment, can I use the same written answer for a question that I know to be right?

Yes and no. Self-plagiarism—or copying your own work that you’ve previously submitted—is still treated and disciplined as plagiarism, regardless of it being your own work. If you have to resubmit an assessment, that means that you have to make some changes to your answer- resubmitting without changing anything is self-plagiarism! It’s fine to copy your existing correct answer over, as long as you make the modifications you are advised to.

How to quote a reference source?

If you are copying content word for word, the content needs to be surrounded by quotation marks [“ “] to indicate as such—along with a citation of the source. Be sure to quote the title of the text or link to the external work or website.

If you’re copying an idea but summarizing in your own words, a simple source citation will do the trick (you can omit quotation marks).

Have a look at our referencing guide. The TEFL Institute of Ireland Plagiarism, Deadlines & Academic Referencing Policy (Highfield).


There are a LOT of different ways that you can correctly follow the command verb of a question—and it ultimately depends on the format of the question itself. Most commonly, you’ll want to evaluate and explain the information that’s been provided. From here, you can respond with the answer or follow through with the instruction.

Other strategies for following the command verb of a question include interpreting, demonstrating, analysing, comparing. And that’s just scratching the surface! Lucky for you we go into a ton of detail in our Level 5 Diploma to make sure you know exactly how to teach this.

You can also give this podcast a listen: Assessment Podcast 2 for even more inspiration and information.


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Will I be marked and told about my mistakes before official marking from Highfield?

Yup—that’s where we (The TEFL Institute of Ireland) come in! All learners are assessed by a member of the TEFL Institute of Ireland academic team. You’ll be told via email if you need to resubmit some questions and be instructions to do this. There are three assessments in the course and an assessor will review each one after you complete each part.

Once our assessment team is happy with your submission, we’ll pass it onto our internal quality assessor IQA for sign off. Then, and only then, will it be passed to Highfield for certificate issuing.

Learners will be given a brief note about where they went wrong and tips to use in answering correctly.

What if I fail my submission?

First off—deep breaths. It happens!

Taking the course through The TEFL Institute of Ireland means you’ll have multiple chances to pass your course—up to three, to be exact! You’ll be given three separate chances for resubmission per assessment before being asked to restart the course from the beginning on the online learning platform.

Do I have to submit the questions again?

Your first and second submissions are free of charge for each assessment. If these are failed, rather than charge you to take the course entirely from the start again, we ask individuals who need to test again to pay a fee of €25.00 for their third attempt.

How much time do I have to complete my resubmission?

Typically, learners are given a deadline of ten working days to complete their resubmission. If you need more time, just contact your The TEFL Institute of Ireland advisor—or general email hello@tefl.ie—to request additional time allotment. Every student is allowed to get 1 extension per assessment.

Keep in mind that your assessment work will not be reviewed by the assessor until the submission deadline has passed!


How will I receive my results?

The results of the assessments are sent via email and all work is done on the same learning platform.

Learners can resubmit as many times as they need, but the assessor (us!) will only review the final and most recent attempt of the resubmission (this should be the most accurate!). This will be clear through the timestamp of each submission.

After you complete and pass all three assessments, only then you will be able to claim the digital Ofqual Level 5 Certificate which is free of charge. The OFQUAL Level 5  Diploma is the officially externally awarded qualification.

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