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Who should sign up for a Level 5 TEFL qualification?


If you are looking to secure teaching positions, visas, and other employment opportunities related to English language teaching across the globe, a TEFL qualification is the most accessible and fastest way to do so.

But unlike other TEFL courses, the Level 5 TEFL is accredited by an awarding organisation (TQUK), which is in turn regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

Likewise, the education level falls somewhere between A-levels and undergraduate degree classifications – so is considered a more comprehensive endeavour.

With all of this in mind, who do the experts at TEFL UK advise choosing the Level 5 TEFL course?

Who should consider a Level 5 TEFL course?

While anyone can consider a Level 5 TEFL, there are a few main groups of people who seek an accredited, higher-level TEFL qualification might be the best option, such as:

Learners with previous experience seeking a recognised qualification

Each Level 5 TEFL qualification provides learners with an accredited certificate that has been recognised both in the UK and worldwide.

This accreditation is a quality mark and evidences much more than TEFL course completion. It also evidences:

  • Key transferable skills that can be difficult to define or capture.
  • Proof of competence – which is evidenced by a stand-alone certificate.
  • The quality of the course you have completed – and therefore your qualification.

Those looking to enter the most competitive job markets

Some countries have slightly more competitive TEFL job markets and the reasons for this include:

  • The location is a popular place to visit.
  • TEFL teachers in this area have significant job benefits.
  • TEFL schools and training centres are sometimes more critical about who they choose to employ so they can find the best candidate for the role.

As such, the combination of accreditation and a Level 5 qualification gives you two excellent ways to stand out from the pack.

Just as people can be pre-approved for credit cards and loans based on their circumstances, having a qualification approved by a professional organisation like Ofqual, although not a failsafe, can greatly increase your chances of selection.

Likewise, evidence of further study and qualifications is warmly received by potential employers, particularly those in the field of education! This continues further if the breadth (or variety) or depth (level) of these qualifications demonstrates advancement.

Can I do a Level 5 TEFL without teaching experience?

You sure can!

The 168-hour Level 5 TEFL course is open to anybody, at any education level and with any amount of hands-on experience – each course will give you the skills and pedagogy needed to teach English effectively.

But, if you would like to increase your experience level before starting your first teaching job, we offer a 20-hour teaching practicum, which you can complete alongside or after your TEFL Level 5 course.

Give yourself the best chance at success with the accredited Level 5 TEFL qualification

If you are serious about getting the TEFL job of your dreams – a 168-hour Level 5 TEFL course could be the best way to do this.

Plus, with a free lesson planning eBook, a full year’s worth of access, and expert tuition that you can access 24/7, gaining your qualification couldn’t be simpler.

Got questions or want to discuss your career plans with our experts? If so, why not email us today at [email protected] or open the webchat at the bottom of your screen? Our team will get back to you as soon as they can to help you.