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The cost of a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course depends on four main factors:
The figures below give an indication of how much the main types of TEFL course cost in the UK today. However, prices of TEFL courses can vary widely so these should only be used as a rough guide. Always confirm the cost of the specific course you are interested in before working out your budget.
A TEFL taster course (also known as an introduction or foundation course) delivered in a classroom environment will normally last between 1-2 days, and cost around £150-£250. An online TEFL taster course can last anything from 10-60 hours and usually costs between £100-£300.
A TEFL taster course will give you a basic introduction to TEFL, and is suitable for short-term volunteer work or general interest.
An online 120 hour TEFL certificate course will normally cost between £100-£400.
The 120 hour TEFL course is generally considered to the entry-level qualification for paid work in TEFL. As the name suggests, the course will take you 120 hours and is run online.
A combined or blended TEFL course, which incorporates the 120 hour certificate course plus add-on modules, will normally cost between £200-£500.
A blended TEFL course offers a mixture of online and classroom teaching. A combined course normally offers additional specialist units, such as advanced grammar or teaching young learners, which can be delivered either online or in a classroom environment.
CELTA or CertTESOL will generally cost between £1,000-£2,000.
CELTA / CertTESOL are internationally recognised “brands” of the 120 hour TEFL certificate courses. They are delivered either fully in a classroom environment, or as a blend of online and classroom teaching. CELTA / CertTESOL courses take around 4-5 weeks to complete full-time, or can be taken less intensively over a longer period.
A Delta course will usually cost between £1,500-£3,000.
Delta is an advanced TEFL diploma. Students are generally required to have a minimum of two years’ relevant teaching experience before starting the course. The course lasts between 7-12 weeks full-time or can be taken less intensively over a longer period.