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TEFL UK: Training Courses

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is a fast-growing industry and there are numerous TEFL course providers in the UK to choose from. Anybody who is a fluent English speaker can teach English abroad once they have completed a TEFL course.

There are a few different types of TEFL training courses you can take in the UK, including:

Online TEFL UK Courses

These are 100% online and best for people who are unable to attend weekend classroom courses. See our Online Courses

Classroom TEFL UK Courses

These are usually fewer hours than online courses and they take place in a classroom with a tutor. Classroom TEFL Courses are normally combined with Online TEFL Courses but it is possible to take them alone. See our Classroom Courses

Combined TEFL UK Courses

These are a combination of online and classroom courses and they’re best for people who want flexible learning but also an opportunity to put their knowledge into practice. See our Combined Courses

CELTA Courses

These are much more intensive TEFL courses for those who want a long career in TEFL. They are usually 6-week intensive, full-time, classroom courses and they are a higher level qualification in the UK qualifications framework.

Specialist TEFL UK Courses

These are shorter courses that focus on particular aspects of TEFL such as Teaching Advanced Grammar. Specialist TEFL Courses are usually combined with Online TEFL Courses to increase the number of hours you can complete. See our Specialist Courses

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Once you’re TEFL qualified, your next port of call will be to find a TEFL job in the UK, if that’s where you’re based.

TEFL opportunities in the UK range from working in summer camps to private English tuition to teaching English online so there’s a lot to choose from.

You can find TEFL jobs in the UK on most reputable TEFL jobs boards such as:

Teaching English online is becoming increasingly popular as it allows teachers to travel at will and earn as they do!

If you choose to teach TEFL online in the UK, you’ll need to decide whether you want to work freelance or for an online language school. The main differences between the two are:

  • Finding clients: working freelance, you’ll need to advertise your services online and find your own clients, whereas working for a language school, they’ll do all the hard work for you.
  • Salary: if you work for a language school, your salary will be a set rate but if you work freelance, you can set your own rates.
  • Hours of work: when you work freelance, you can choose your hours of work (within reason) and how many hours you want to / can afford to work each week. However, your working hours would be set if you were to work for a language school.

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TEFL UK: Salary Expectations

Your salary will depend on what type of TEFL job you are doing in the UK. If you’re doing private TEFL tuition in the UK, you can expect to earn somewhere between £15-£30 per hour. Whereas, if you’re teaching online, you can expect to earn between £18-£25 per hour.
These can be broken down further into specific types of English teaching, such as:

  • General / conversational English = £8+ per lesson
  • Business English = £20+ per lesson
  • Exam preparation = Approximately £20 per lesson
  • Job interview coaching = Approximately £15 per lesson
  • English lessons for specific nationalities = £10+ per lesson

For these types of English teaching lessons, it would be beneficial to complete a Specialist TEFL Course in the particular area you’ll be teaching (e.g. Teaching Business English).
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