Level 5 TEFL Certificate: What You Need to Know Before You Start

Level 5 TEFL Certificate: What You Need to Know Before You Start

An Ofqual-regulated Level 5 TEFL certificate is one of the best ways to set you up for a profitable career as a TEFL teacher abroad or online.

Level 5 TEFL courses are internationally recognised, administered by the UK government and a lifetime certification. Not only this but they’re also assessed to be the same level of difficulty as the Trinity CertTESOL and CELTA. As they are all Level 5 qualifications, they are equivalent in the eyes of Ofqual.

We know students have a lot of questions before starting their Level 5 TEFL certificate course. Here are the answers to some of our FAQs to help you during your studies.

Level 5 TEFL Certificate FAQs

What is plagiarism?

Like any course, plagiarism is a big no-no for achieving a Level 5 TEFL certifcate. Plagiarism is copying someone else’s work and passing it off as your own. Whether it’s from a website, textbook or another source, if it’s not your idea or original work, you need to give it proper credit.

Plagiarism, or copying someone else’s work, is unacceptable whether it’s done intentionally or accidentally. That’s why it’s so important to read our full plagiarism policy before starting your Level 5 TEFL course. The plagiarism policy will be sent to you by email. If there’s anything you don’t understand, our team will be more than happy to help.

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If I retake an assessment, can I use the same answer for a question that I know is correct?

Yes and no. Although it’s your own work, this is called self-plagiarism. Self-plagiarism – or copying work that you’ve submitted before – is treated and disciplined as plagiarism.

You can get around this by citing that you’ve submitted this idea, answer or work before. You still deserve the credit!

How do I quote a reference source?

When you make a direct quote – copying content from a source word for word – you need to make sure it’s surrounded by quotation marks (“ ”). A citation of the source is also needed. Be sure to include the title of the text or link to the external work or website.

If you’re copying an idea but summarising it in your own words, a simple source citation will be enough. You don’t need to include quotation marks in this case.

You will receive our referencing guide before you start your Level 5 TEFL course, which outlines what you need to know.


How do I correctly follow the command verb of a question?

There are many ways to follow the command verb of a question. Ultimately, it depends on the format of the question. Typically, you’ll need to evaluate and explain the information that’s been provided. From there, you can respond with the answer or follow through with the instruction.

Other strategies include interpreting, demonstrating, analysing and comparing. And that’s just scratching the surface. Don’t worry, we cover this in detail during our Level 5 TEFL certificate course to make sure you know how to teach this.

You can also listen to this podcast Assessment Podcast 2 from The TEFL Institute of Ireland for more information.

Will my work be marked, and will I be told about any mistakes before official marking from TQUK?

Yes, you will. All our students are assessed by a member of the TEFL Institute’s academic team. We’ll tell you by email if you need to reassess some questions and be sent a reassessment form.

You will also be given a brief note about where you went wrong and tips to help you answer correctly. Once our assessment team is happy with your submission, we’ll pass it onto our internal quality assessor IQA for sign off. Then, and only then, it will be passed to TQUK for certificate issuing.

What if I fail my reassessment?

Firstly, don’t panic. It happens! By taking your Level 5 TEFL certificate course with us, you’ll get multiple chances to pass. You’ll be given three separate chances for reassessments. If you don’t pass after three attempts, you’ll be asked to restart the course from the beginning on the online learning platform.

You can go back and restart your course completely free of charge. That’s where we differ from most other TEFL course providers. Many will require you to pay for the entire course again to re-test.

Do I have to pay for reassessments?

Yes, individuals who need to test again will need to pay €25 for their second and third attempts. Your first reassessment, if needed, will be free.

How much time do I have to complete my reassessment?

Learners are typically given two weeks to complete their reassessment. If you need more time, you can content your TEFL Institute advisor or contact us to request additional time. Every student is permitted one extension.

Please keep in mind that your assessment work will not be reviewed by the assessor until the submission deadline has passed.

How will I receive my reassessment?

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Reassessments are sent by email. As you’ll be notified, you won’t need to keep logging into the online platform to check until you’re advised to. Your reassessment answers will be collected through an online form.

Learners can complete this full assessment as many times as they need. But we will only review the final and most recent attempt of the reassessment (this should be the most accurate). This will be clear through the timestamp of each submission.

Also Read: 6 Steps to Landing Your Dream Online TEFL Job

Once you’ve completed and passed your reassessment, you can claim the digital Ofqual Level 5 TEFL certificate. This costs €48 and will be issued by TQUK and Ofqual. The Ofqual Level 5 TEFL certificate is the official externally awarded qualification. To gain Level 5 status, you need to purchase the Ofqual certificate.

Find out more about all our accredited TEFL courses. Or contact us today if you have any questions about the Level 5 TEFL certificate.

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and it’s a certificate you need if you want to teach non-native speakers English. With a TEFL certificate, you can teach students of all ages – from young learners to adult business language learners – anywhere in the world. It’s recognised globally and is the key to kick-starting your English teaching career abroad, home or online.

To get a TEFL certificate you must take an accredited TEFL course. The minimum training required by employers worldwide is 120 hours. You can choose between accredited, government regulated Level 5 or combined TEFL courses. You’ll find TEFL courses are either online or combined in-class and online experiences. 

Getting a TEFL certification from a recognised, trusted provider is essential when it comes to receiving high-quality training and finding a job. Always go for a globally recognised accredited certification. It’s also worth double checking company reviews to make sure customers are satisfied with their training.

What’s the difference between accredited and government regulated Level 5 TEFL courses?

The Accredited 120 Hour Premier TEFL Course is what we call one of our fast-track courses. This is the minimum recognised worldwide.

  • You have 10 modules to complete usually taking 4-6 weeks.
  • Each module has a multiple-choice test at the end, and you need 80% to pass.
  • You’ll get your digital certificate on completion and can buy a hard copy from us if you’d like one with an embossed logo.

Level 5 Ofqual-regulated courses offer more in-depth training. If we look at the 180 Hour Level 5 TEFL Diploma in comparison: 

  • Learners typically spend 12 – 14 weeks to complete 11 modules.
  • The pass mark is 100% and assessments are multiple-choice plus open-ended answers. Don’t worry, you can redo quizzes to get 100%. Our academic team will review your answers at the end of your 11 modules and may ask for some questions to be reattempted. Some questions may require you to provide academic references.
  • You’ll get your digital coursework completion certificate from us after module 11. Following successful assessment from our academic team, we’ll be able to claim the licence for your Ofqual (government) certificate from our accreditation body Highfield.

The Ofqual-regulated Level 5 course range is for those who want to gain a higher-level, more recognised qualification.

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teachers teach English in non-native English speaking countries. TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) teachers teach English in native English speaking countries. CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is a separate qualification you can get to teach English.

TEFL: One of the most accepted certificates worldwide, this allows you to teach English to non-native speakers across the globe. 

TESL: As a TESL teacher, you would likely be teaching English in your home country to students who have moved or live in an English speaking country. In other words, they are continuously surrounded by the language and will be using it every day outside of the classroom, unlike TEFL students who are likely learning in their home country.

CELTA: A very prestigious certification that follows a strict regulation created by Cambridge University. You must complete a 120-hour TEFL course and six hours of teaching real ESL students. Most of the programmes are held over a month and are full time. However, you may be able to find some courses that are part-time and are spread over three months. Due to its intense nature and requirements, the cost tends to be much higher and can be up to €1700!

Yes! Teaching English as a foreign language – online or in-class – will give you an abundance of transferable skills. From time management to problem-solving and communication, you’ll have plenty of experience to impress future employers. As your TEFL certification never expires, you can get back into TEFL whenever you wish, too.

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