TQUK Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

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TQUK Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language is Regulated by Ofqual

Qualification Purpose

It is a standalone specialist qualification suitable for learners wishing to develop the skills and knowledge to specialize in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. The qualification develops learners’ knowledge of the English language and how to teach it; how to assess the needs of learners; how to prepare lesson plans and materials, how to identify resources and adapt them to the needs of young learners.

What does Ofqual regulation mean?

Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) is a UK government office. It regulates qualification programs. TQUK is a UK-award organization that has approved iTTi for the delivery of this regulated program.

According to Ofqual’s qualifications framework, it has been assessed to be of the same level and difficulty as the following: a diploma of higher education (DipHE), a foundation degree, 2 years at university and the CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL qualifications.

Target Audience

  • Learners with little or no experience of teaching English
  • Teachers who wish to specialize in teaching English
  • EFL teachers who wish to brush up on their knowledge and skills
  • Structure

    Learners must achieve 29 credits from 11 mandatory units.
  • Principles of Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Understanding English Grammar
  • Teaching English Grammar
  • Teaching English Vocabulary
  • Teaching Productive Skills: Speaking and Writing
  • Teaching Receptive Skills: Listening and Reading
  • Materials and Aids for Teaching English
  • Teaching Pronunciation of English
  • Lesson Planning for Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Young Learners
  • Using Resources Effectively When Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
  • Prerequisites

  • Minimum age: 16 years and above
  • Minimum educational requirement: High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Initial skills assessment: English, mathematics, and ICT (Information Communication Technology)
  • Guided Learning Hours


    Total Qualification Time

    290 hours (includes independent study time.


    The qualification is assessed by internally set and marked assessments subject to external quality assurance. Examples of assessment methods include the following:
  • assignments, case studies, portfolio of evidence, online assessments, observations, projects, reflective learning journals, self-evaluations and action plans.
  • Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives.

    William A. Foster
    Level 5

    Ofqual Level 5 TEFL Course

    Delivery Options

    Distance Learning

    This is a course for the self-guided, busy individual who wants full control over their learning. With this program you will be given 24/7 access to the Learning Management System where you will find all course information and resources. You can study and submit assignments at your own pace. You will still have access to a tutor should you have any questions.

    Blended Learning

    With this program, you will receive all the benefits of independent online learning plus up to twelve hours of one-to-one support with an expert tutor who will guide you through a 6-hour teaching practicum. The teaching schedule is flexible and will be determined between you and our admission counselor in the US upon completion of the online part.

    Virtual Campus

    On the Virtual Campus, you will meet daily or weekly (part-time program) with students and take lessons led by expert tutors. You will discuss your subjects with your fellow learners, replicating a real classroom experience online, and apply your course content to industry scenarios with a variety of EFL students from different backgrounds and cultures while still accessing all the benefits of an Online Learning student.

    In-Class Program

    During the in-class program, you will meet daily together with other students and take lessons led by expert instructors. You will discuss your subjects with your fellow students and apply your course content to real-world industry scenarios. The program features teaching practice with actual EFL students.

    Ofqual Level 5 TEFL Course

    Level 5 TEFL Course by iTTi


    318 hours of Study 168 hours of instructor-guided course work Comprehensive curriculum to make you an expert Specialize in teaching business English, to young learners as well as IELTS or TOEFL Teaching practicum with real EFL students Career support to help you land a teaching job in your desired destination

    Benefits of this Course

    Level 5 TEFL gives any prospective teacher the most comprehensive training to acquire the most up-to-date skillset for aspiring EFL teachers. You will become super attractive to schools. First, you are versatile in the way you can support your prospective school. With specializations in English for Specific Purposes, for young learners, and academic test preparation, you can teach any area the school ever wanted. Many schools want to integrate academic testing; however, they lack a teacher who is specialized in teaching academic test preparation. Besides general English, our program helps you become an indispensable teacher. Even for seasoned EFL teachers, the course is not only a refresher program but also an update on outdated ways of teaching and continuing education at the same time. By acquiring the skills of teaching Business English, Young Learners, and Academic test preparation (TOEFL/IELTS), the seasoned teacher may open up many new employment opportunities that he/she never even thought of before.

    Structure of the Course

    Level 5 TEFL by iTTi consists of the following units: Principles of Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Understanding and Teaching English Grammar, Teaching Receptive and Productive Skills, Teaching Pronunciation, and Using Recourses Effectively. If you wish to download the detailed course description, please do so here.
    You can get your Level 5 TEFL qualification with one of the US’ most experienced and accredited TEFL course providers, iTTi – international TEFL Training institute. We’ll offer in-depth courses that will give you the skills and knowledge needed to teach English for the first time. 

    While Level 5 TEFL is regulated by OFQUAL’s qualifications framework, Level 5 by iTTi TEFL course is monitored by iTTi. Both programs are ideal for teaching abroad and online. They are led by the same highly educated, experienced EFL teachers.

    iTTi offers two forms of Level 5 by iTTi TEFL courses: a 340-hour online or an in-class course.   Level 5 TEFL course is regulated by TQUK, an OFQUAL-recognized awarding organization.  According to OFQUAL’s qualifications framework, a Level 5 TEFL course compares to the same level and difficulty as a diploma of higher education (DipHE), a foundation degree, 2 years at a university, and the CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL qualifications.
    So, what sets Level 5 by ITTi apart from the rest? Once you graduate, you will specialize in Teaching Business, Young Learners, and IELTS/TOEFL Preparation. What more can you ask for?

    Compared to other Level 5 course solutions, Level 5 by iTTi gives you more for your money.

    Finally, iTTi has a perfectly developed network of schools throughout the world with a strong presence in the Middle East. Career support is just a piece of cake.

    What are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

    Level 5 Accreditation FAQ

    Frequently asked questions about accreditation


    Accreditation is a big fancy word that simply means a quality check. An accredited school has gone through a rigorous check by an authority on education to make sure the school meets their standards and is qualified to teach students the programs they are offering. A degree from an accredited school is valuable.

    Accreditation by these governing bodies gives students, schools, and all interested in the diploma earned from that school, the peace of mind that the program is legitimate and that they’re not being scammed or taken advantage of. It also ensures that the credits you receive from that school are transferable to another school.

    Accreditation is important because it helps determine if an institution meets or exceeds minimum quality standards. It helps students determine acceptable institutions for enrollment and assists institutions in determining acceptability of transfer credits.
    iTTi uses a British-based accreditation for its TEFL Certification for several reasons:

  • Worldwide recognition: While we don’t question the quality of accreditation work of US accreditation providers, we realize that those countries where iTTi has developed a strong presence, teaching English is still heavily influenced by the British educational system. So it makes sense delivering to schools what they are familiar with rather than to introduce the “new kid on the block” and battle for recognition.

  • More employment opportunities for our graduates.
    In the US, TEFL graduates must pass an additional state certification test before they can get employed in the US public-school system. In other countries, they are approved for an employment interview in the public- school sector based on the OFQUAL-regulated TQUK Level 5 TEFL Certificate (RQF). Students are considered to be candidates for job interviews no question asked.

  • Increased value of the TEFL certification.
    The OFQUAL-regulated TQUK Level 5 TEFL Certificate (RQF) is worldwide the equivalent of the CertTESOL from Trinity College in London and the CELTA Certificate from Cambridge and has the same value.
  • Ever-improving quality of instruction. Over the years, iTTi has always placed great emphasis on quality in running its TEFL programs. We have tested the English of candidates for the TEFL program. We also realized that an overall quality improvement can only take place when all the course instructors teach at the same high level. As a result, we started iTTi’s teacher trainer certification. These and other quality-assurance strategies helped our organization to get approved for the delivery of the OFQUAL-regulated TQUK Level 5 TEFL Certification (RQF).
    In order to prove to the world that iTTi is a top performer in the area of teacher training, we will continue to travel the path of excellence.

  • iTTi is working on more accreditations. We are actively in the process of having iTTi course solutions reviewed by experts in the field in order to become the best TEFL training provider.
  • Continuing Teacher Trainer Education. One important aspect is to constantly keep up with the new developments in the TEFL field. Continuing Teacher Trainer Education in form of webinars and/or newsletters do the job here.
  • iTTi is organizing academic events. We’ll give the members of the iTTi center community an opportunity to introduce their work to the interested public by presenting during the iTTi Spring and Fall Applied Linguistics Week.