The 300 Hour TEFL Diploma: Maximise your potential
Join over 210,000 i-to-i graduates on their TEFL journeys around the world with our Level 5 300 Hour TEFL Diploma. Through our most comprehensive online course, you’ll acquire the essential skills needed to become a successful TEFL teacher and a qualification that is not only recognised but highly respected the world over.
Ranked as the same level as a CELTA qualification, this course will give you expert preparation for teaching English online or abroad and we’ve specifically designed it to fit around your busy lifestyle. Without set hours of study or any in-class training dates to commit to, you’re free to access your course 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from wherever you are.
During your training, you’ll cover a wide range of TEFL subjects, starting with the basics like structuring lessons to more intermediate topics such as teaching pronunciation and vocabulary. We’ll also provide you with advanced Level 5 training on working with youngsters, teaching Business English to adults and even some in-depth guidance on becoming an online TEFL teacher – by the end of the course, you’ll be ready for anything your TEFL career could throw at you.
You’ll have easy access to industry-expert guidance from our team of DELTA-qualified tutors throughout your study time and because this course is regulated by the English Government department, Ofqual, you can rest assured that your certificate will be accepted and favoured by employers all around the world.
You can download the full course schedule for the Level 5 300 Hour Diploma here.
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20th June 2021
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18th June 2021
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17th June 2021
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Starting a 300-hour course may seem like a daunting prospect but fear not! This course has been developed alongside experienced tutors and leading language schools to ensure that you, the student, can work through it in bitesize chunks at your own pace. So, whether you’re working full-time, studying at university or just keeping yourself busy over the summer, you can keep to your own schedule and complete it on your own terms.
When you receive your booking confirmation email, you’ll see that the course is split up into multiple sections that can be activated one at a time. This gives you a simple structure to follow and also allows you to focus on one subject at a time, making it easier for you to digest the information and remember the important bits!
Plus, you’ll also have consistent support and guidance from our team of DELTA-qualified tutors, who’ll be at your every beck and call from start to finish. So, whether you’re confusing your prepositions with your pronouns or you’d like some tips on the end-of-course test, you can contact them via phone, email or web chat.
After your course, you’ll even benefit from access to our TEFL jobs board where you can view and apply for teaching positions with the assistance of our TEFL experts. So, you’ll be TEFL qualified and ready to embark upon your amazing TEFL adventure before you know it.
With our Level 5 300 Hour Diploma in TEFL, you’ll not only get plenty of valuable TEFL knowledge but we’ve also included tons of interactive quizzes, videos and handy TEFL resources to keep your study time fun and engaging. Fancy a sneak peek? Below is a brief overview of some of the areas you’ll cover:
Want to try before you buy? We’ve put together a breakdown of the Courses you’ll cover on our Level 5 300 Hour Diploma so that you know exactly what you’re getting. (You’re welcome!). Have a read through them here:
Part 1: Level 5 180 Hour Online TEFL Course
The first part of the course will cover foundation TEFL learning which includes the fundamental basics like lesson planning and managing your classroom. Once you’ve mastered these, you’ll move on to some more in-depth topics, such as, teaching the four skills and delivering engaging lessons on vocabulary.
You’ll then learn all about teaching grammar – but don’t worry! You don’t need to be a grammar expert – we’ll teach you everything you need to know and by the end of this unit, you’ll have the skills to deliver an effective lesson on English grammar.
Next, you’ll get a good understanding of the differences between teaching older and younger students. Plus, you’ll learn about adapting your teaching styles and lesson plans to accommodate for younger students.
At the end of this Course, you’ll have strong knowledge of the key principles of TEFL and the confidence to start teaching!
Part 2: Level 5 Teaching One-to-One & Online Course
Learn how to personalise your teaching approach in this Specialist TEFL Course, through creating a unique syllabus considering your student and combating potential problems. You’ll also get some insider info on the technical aspects of teaching online to help you get set up as an online TEFL teacher.
Part 3: Level 5 Teaching Business English Course
English is the universal language and there’s a high demand for adults to learn it to help them in their business negotiations and partnerships. In this Specialist TEFL Course, you’ll go through business language and grammar, meetings and networking and different teaching methods so that you’re ready for your first business English lesson.
Instead of sticking to specified studying hours, we’ve made our course accessible via our online portal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means that you can log in from your phone, laptop, PC or tablet and continue where you last left off any time and any place. What’s more, you’ll be able to track your progress throughout so that you know exactly where you’re up to.
You’ll also benefit from support and expert advice from our team of DELTA-qualified tutors. Throughout the entirety of your Course, they’ll be ready and waiting for your TEFL questions – and with their wealth of industry knowledge and experience, you’ll always get the answers you need.
This course, as well as all of our top TEFL Courses, is regulated by the English Government department, Ofqual. So, you can rest assured that the content you study will be of the highest quality and your TEFL qualification will internationally-recognised and favoured by employers all over the world.
Who are Ofqual?
Ofqual is the British exam watchdog and their job is to ensure qualifications awarded are of the highest standard. An Ofqual stamp of approval on your qualification will be recognised worldwide and is highly respected by employers, pushing your resume to the top of the pile and getting you your dream TEFL job!
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We’ve also received independent accreditation from the ODLQC (Open & Distance Learning Quality Council) which is recognised by employers across the globe giving you a qualification which will give you the best start on your TEFL journey.
Although you might feel like a strong, independent TEFLer, you might need a nudge in the right direction every now and again – that’s where our experienced, highly-qualified tutors come in. With an abundance of insider info and industry knowledge you’ll get all the answers you need whenever you need them. All you need to do is ask!
This all depends on how you want to use your qualification. If you want access to better prospects, higher paying positions and more benefits, we’d always recommend taking a Level 5 Course.
You don’t need to be an expert in grammar, the course will teach you everything you need to know in that area. Plus, you already speak English – so you already know it! You just don’t know you know it.
Yes – you don’t have to be a native English speaker to teach English abroad but you'll need to have at least a near-native level of English to take one of our Level 5 Courses. If your English is good but not at a near-native level, why not take a look at our range of Level 3 Courses instead?
You don’t need any qualifications, other than TEFL, to teach online or abroad. A few countries may ask for a bachelor’s degree for visa purposes but there are many, many places you can teach without a degree!
Ofqual – or the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation – are a department of the UK Government who assess qualifications to make sure they hit the criteria that shows they qualify as legitimate certifications. They regulate all of our top TEFL Courses and you can see i-to-i on their register here.
To complete the 180 hours of essential training, you'll get 120 days.
For the 60-hour Specialist Courses, you'll get 35 days for each one. In the Level 5 300 Hour Online TEFL Diploma, there are 2x 60-hour Specialist Courses so this would be 70 days.
120 + 70 = 190 days in total.
The Level 5 300 Hour Diploma in TEFL doesn’t include any classroom learning but we do offer a Level 5 320 Hour Diploma in TEFL which has all of the same content as the 300 but it also includes our 20 Hour Classroom TEFL Course. We’d always recommend taking some in-class training if you can attend one of the dates and locations on offer as this will make you a stronger candidate when you’re applying for TEFL jobs.
As this is an online course, you do need to have an Internet connection and a suitable device to study on (laptop, desktop, tablet or phone). You will also need to have a media player on the device, as the course includes a number of short observational films and tutorials.
You do not need Word for any of the course material. We do recommend that you use Word to complete the assessed assignments. However, it is possible to download the assignment template into Google docs, edit it there and then upload your work if required.
No, all of the content is provided within the online learning platform.
The Level 5 TEFL Diploma course is designed for strong (native-level) English language speakers, able to work competently with course material and assessments that are pitched at a high school graduate level. If you are fluent in English but not at native-speaker level, you may find our Level 3 TEFL Certification course is more appropriate.
On average, it takes students around three months to complete the course. However, you complete the course at your own pace and can go through the material faster or spread it out over a longer period, if required. You will have access to the material for 190 days (six months), which you can extend if needed.
If you don’t complete the course within 190 days, you can apply for an extension. This can be for as little as five days or as much as 90 additional days.
The course is designed to let you work through the material at your own pace and to fit your study around other commitments in your life.
As a rough guide, if you are studying full time, we suggest setting aside 25 to 30 hours per week, to ensure you have time to absorb and reflect on your learning. At this rate, you should complete the course within around three months. If you are studying part time, we suggest allocating at least five to ten hours per week to keep your learning going. At this pace, you should complete the course within around seven to eight months.
Do bear in mind that everyone learns at a different pace. You may progress through the material more quickly or need more time to go through the course content thoroughly.
The first part of the course, TEFL Fundamentals, forms the main basis of the TEFL Diploma. It is set as 180 study hours and makes up 60% of the course. Both Part 2: One-to-One & Online Teaching and Part 3: Business English have 60 study hours. Each of these two parts makes up 20% of the total course. A breakdown of the course units is set out in the Course Schedule.
You can print out the course material, so you do not need to note down all the points that you cover. However, you may find it useful to make your own notes as a personal reminder of key points you learn from the course.
You will not need to sit any formal exams. However, you will need to submit and pass five written assignments in order to achieve your TEFL Diploma. You also will need to pass an online End of Unit Test at the end of each unit in order to confirm that you have understood the material in that unit before moving on to the next part of the course. You can find out more about the course assessment in our Assessment FAQs.
You should use your proper name when you register for the course. The name that you use to register for the course is the name that will appear on your final qualification certificate. In line with our Awarding Organisation procedures, you will need to provide a copy of your passport (or other formal ID) to confirm your identity before your certificate is issued.
Our expert TEFL Support Team is available via email, telephone and webchat to answer your questions and support you through the course. The support team includes both operational staff, who can help you with practicalities of accessing and working through the course, and academic staff who can assist with TEFL specific questions.
From our friendly TEFL Experts to our DELTA-qualified tutors; our whole squad is passionate about providing excellent customer service – and we’ll be there for you on every step of your TEFL journey.
Here at i-to-i, we’ve built a very strong name for ourselves in the industry. So, not only will your qualification be respected and recognised, it’ll be favoured by employers around the globe.
Established in 1994, we’re the longest-standing TEFL Course provider in the world. Our graduates number over 210,000 and we even pioneered the first ever online and weekend TEFL Courses.
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