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Is a Level 5 TEFL worth it?


If you are interested in travelling but are worried about how you will be able to fund your travel, you might want to consider teaching English as a foreign language.

In many cases, completing a TEFL Level 5 course or qualification is all you need to do to become qualified for this career path – and they can be completed in much less time than you might think.

As such, should you opt for the Level 5 TEFL course?

What is a TEFL Level 5 course?

A Level 5 TEFL qualification is an internationally-recognised qualification that is regulated by the qualification regulator Ofqual.

This Ofqual accreditation speaks to the quality of the teaching you have received and the course syllabus itself – making it highly sought after by employers across the globe.

Why would you choose an Ofqual-accredited course instead of a standard TEFL course?

There are a range of benefits that come with an Ofqual-accredited course or qualification and these include:

International recognition from employers

Ofqual qualifications are recognised all over the world – from China to the Czech Republic, Denmark to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This international acknowledgement means that no matter where you apply to work, the increased level and trust in your qualification will be understood.

This can also help to set you apart from other candidates, increasing your chances of gaining the most competitive teaching positions.

Better value for money

As most courses from TEFL UK are priced between £99 – £349 , the increased qualification level of a TEFL Level 5 course offers exceptional value for money.

Level 5 courses are the same qualification level as foundation degrees or Diplomas of Higher Education (DipHE), only one stage lower than a traditional degree itself – which would currently cost at least £9,000 per year, for a minimum of three years.

Course completion in just 168 hours

When compared to a full-time job, the Level 5 TEFL qualification can be completed in just over 4 and a half weeks.

As with all TEFL qualifications, you are welcome to study as much or as little as you like per week – but if you wanted to complete it as soon as possible, you can finish the course within the statutory leave entitlement for the UK (5.6 weeks) and have a few days spare.

This way, you can study and work, gaining your qualification without a pay gap.

Need help choosing the perfect TEFL course for you?

With a wide variety of TEFL courses and qualifications to choose from, we understand that it can be a little overwhelming.

However, for most people, the 168-hour Level 5 TEFL course is actually perfect for them.

If you need help choosing the right qualification for you – based on your career hopes and earning potential - email us today at [email protected] or call us on 0800 368 9848 and our approachable and experienced team can help.