Which TEFL level should I choose?

Fresh year, fresh adventure… we know the score! So you’ve decided to make 2019 the year you take the leap and land in the life-changing world of TEFL? Exciting times ahead!

But if you’ve started your teach abroad research, you’ll have noticed that when it comes to choosing a TEFL Course level, things can get a little bit complicated. But it doesn’t have to be!

At i-to-i, we’ve got a range of Level 3 and Level 5 TEFL Courses and Diplomas. All our Courses, regardless of level, are English Government regulated by Ofqual – so you can rest assured that your qualification will be recognised all around the world, whichever corner of the globe’s calling your name!

So once you’ve decided which TEFL provider you want to train with (hopefully us since you’re reading this!), you need to decide which course level is best for you. Check out our FAQs below to get you started… and remember, we’re just a call away if you want to chat to an expert!

What is a Level 3 qualification?

A Level 3 TEFL qualification is equivalent to an A Level in the UK. This level is perfect for getting a good TEFL job whether you want to work online, work abroad in non-native English speaking countries or volunteer around the world. Taking a Level 3 qualification with i-to-i will open up access to good quality TEFL jobs, as most employers recognise our certificates, wherever you are in the world.

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Am I eligible for a Level 3 TEFL Course?

So you’ve decided a Level 3 sounds pretty perfect for you? You can enrol onto our Level 3 TEFL Courses if you check these boxes…

  • You need to have an awareness of the basic concepts of language teaching – kind of goes without saying!
  • You have a native level of English speaking and the ability to read and understand English language materials – an important one! You’ll struggle to complete the course assessments if you aren’t a native English speaker or have an advanced level of English or above.
  • You have an ability to take advice from both tutors and peers, and the capability to improve as a result. Our tutors and in-house academics are on-hand to help with your studies – so use them whenever you need to!

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What do I get with an i-to-i Level 3 Course?

As leaders in the TEFL industry (even if we say so ourselves!), you can be confident knowing your course is top quality. With a Level 3 Course you’ll get…

  • A Level equivalent qualification
  • Minimum of 120 Hours of training
  • Optional Level 3 Specialist Courses to increase earning potential
  • Access to great TEFL jobs and volunteering positions worldwide
  • Online training with classroom course option
  • Assessments are easier to pass than with a Level 5 qualification
  • English Government regulated by Ofqual

What is a Level 5 qualification?

A Level 5 TEFL qualification is an equivalent level to a CELTA or Foundation Degree. This level is ideal for accessing the best TEFL jobs out there. Better paid TEFL jobs, whether that’s online or abroad, will be more accessible. Plus, a Level 5 certificate on your CV will open doors to teaching in competitive locations and even some English speaking destinations. In our Level 5 qualifications, we’ve got both TEFL Courses and Diplomas to choose from, depending on your level of study.

See all Level 5 TEFL Courses

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Am I eligible for a Level 5 TEFL Course?

So you’ve decided a Level 5 sounds like it’ll bag you the best jobs? You can enrol onto our Level 5 TEFL Courses if you check these boxes…

  • The Level 5 is more challenging than a Level 3 Course, and this means you’ll struggle if you aren’t a native English speaker. If you’re not a native English speaker but your English is near native, you can enrol onto the course. We must stress that for Level 5, native English is best.
  • You have an ability to take advice from both tutors and peers, and the capability to improve as a result. Just like Level 3, you’ll need to work through a variety of assessments. Our tutors and in-house academics are on-hand to help with your studies – so use them whenever you need to!
  • You need to have an awareness of the basic concepts of language teaching – again, this is obvious but important!

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What do I get with an i-to-i Level 5 Course?

Level 5 is the most advanced level course we offer. With a Level 5 Course or Diploma you’ll get…

  • CELTA level equivalent qualification
  • Minimum of 180 Hours of training
  • Optional Level 5 Specialist Courses to increase earning potential – Teaching One-to-One & Online plus Teaching Business English
  • Access to the best TEFL jobs positions worldwide and online
  • Online training with classroom course option
  • Courses are more in-depth, so inevitably the assessments are more challening than with a Level 3
  • English Government regulated by Ofqual
  • Level 5 i-to-i certificate on completion

 

Essentially, deciding between a Level 3 and Level 5 all depends on what you want to do with your qualification when you pass. If you’re looking for the access to best jobs and you’re a native English speaker, then a Level 5 is for you!

 

Still not sure which level to choose? Take our 2-minute quiz here!

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