Focus Awards Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (RQF)

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The Focus Awards Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (RQF) is a global training program which has been especially designed for professionals with little or no prior teaching experience. The program promises to provide a strong foundation in English language teaching methodology and help the aspirants gain expert knowledge and skills to effectively instruct non- native speakers, and help them gain their overall confidence.


The Focus Awards Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (RQF) offered by Asian College of Teachers in association with the Ofqual regulated Focus Awards, UK, aims to acquaint trainees with the contemporary methodologies in teaching English as second language. The online qualification ensures high standards and serves as a benchmark for the teaching workforce and professionals in the education industry so that excellence is the one and only option left to survive in this field of work.

Successful students can seamlessly progress to higher-level qualifications (the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (RQF)).

  • The Focus Awards Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (RQF) qualification prepares learners for employment within the education sector.
  • The mandatory units holds individual credit points and comprise of topics such as Principles of Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Understanding English Grammar, Teaching English Grammar/Vocabulary
  • Other subjects included in the curriculum are Lesson Planning, Materials and Aids for Teaching English, pronunciation, Using Resources Effectively, etc.
  • On completing the course, you will get a certificate from Focus Awards, regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation)

Our TEFL Course is accredited:

CPD Certification Service
TESOL Canada


Teaching English as a Foreign Language, or commonly known as TEFL, is teaching English as a foreign language in countries where English is not the primary language. TEFL provides a great opportunity to work abroad; therefore, working as a TEFL teacher involves living in a foreign country, either temporarily, till the completion of a job contract or permanently settling down as a freelancer or contracted employee. TEFL also opens the door to private tutoring or working in language and state schools for larger groups.

  • To produce graduates with knowledge and competence in English as a foreign language, curriculum development and instructional management. The graduates should be able to integrate knowledge in linguistics, instruction, research and innovations in designing and improving the instruction effectively. They should also be able to use English with an awareness of cultural diversity when working in multicultural society effectively across the globe.
  • To produce research material or develop new knowledge in providing English instruction, developing English learners, and improving instructional models and methods to be suitable for the learners and instructional contexts.


When students successfully complete their 120-hour International TEFL Certificate program they should be able to –

  • apply the appropriate English Language Teaching methodologies
  • employ specific strategies and approaches in the EFL/ESL classrooms
  • design appropriate lessons for effective EFL/ESL teaching
  • create and use ELT materials to make learning fun and engaging
  • develop skills to teach both young and adult learners in varied contexts


The TEFL TESOL certificate course can be pursued by to all who have a valid graduation degree. The course is divided into Phases that can be completed in a flexible manner from anywhere in the world. The candidates eligible for the course can be aspiring English Language Teachers or the working ones who are looking for a better career option, keen to teach and travel abroad and looking for meaningful engagement.

The English teaching certificate online course can be attended by:

  • A fresher who has completed her/his graduation
  • An active educator looking for an international teaching career
  • A language instructor
  • A teacher trainer
  • An entrepreneur
  • A mid-life career changer , looking for a meaningful teaching opportunity
  • A travel aspirant who wants to teach, travel and change lives
  • A student looking for teaching internship abroad
  • A retired person who wants to teach or volunteer.

The international TEFL and TESOL training course with a focus on the practicum and the classroom strategies is ideal for all as it prepares you to keep your learners engaged through meaningful activities that help them to attain fluency. It also builds confidence in a novice teacher who can face any new teaching situation with an aplomb.

How will you learn?

ACT Learning Pedagogy

ACT learning strategies are driven towards engaging, retaining and helping adult learners succeed in an e-learning setting.

Focus on foundational skills

Our online adult education TEFL certification programs focus on providing students with the foundational reading, writing, and most importantly, critical thinking skills needed to get motivated and continue their own education. Since most adult education students are either working or engaged in other activities, our programs puts emphasis on engagement and retention; after all, a self-motivated learner can accomplish anything (with or without a teacher).

Stay in regular contact

Regular updates is featured in the ACT LMS (Learning Management System) with a review of the recent content and reminders about upcoming deadlines. Facebook Groups are a great (and free) way to add the social network element. Join our FB groups to learn from peers. We make sure to respond to all emails within 48 hours. Students must know that they can email anytime for academic and digital support. We try to reply promptly as students typically seek support when they are engaged in coursework. Course FAQ gives a great insight into the course. Our student support team and academic team are available for handling your queries.

Integrate digital literacy skills

Students should always be improving computer skills. Wherever possible, try to include computer literacy lessons. This process encourages students to take control of their education while also learning how to evaluate web content, both of which are fundamental 21st century skills.

Student Support

How does ACT adult distance learning in higher education work?

The key to meaningful learning is the way our brain works in order to extract information from a text, and how we absorb and reprocess the information before finally expressing it in the form of written work. The process of studying involves many aspects that enable comprehension that is reading and search for data, new cognitive framework emphasizing concepts hierarchy and interrelation; finally input transformation that is organizing data and writing. The newly acquired thinking structures are not dependent on classic memorization, rather enhance our reasoning capacity and problem-solving skills. This intellectual idevelopment is permanent and expanding. Learning at Asian College of Teachers is not simply getting trained, it is a permanent absorption of newly acquired knowledge and skills.

Our LMS (Learning Management System) includes:

  • Content for each subject divided into Phases and the curriculum is drawn up keeping in mind today’s classrooms and 21st century learning.
  • Each subject comes with three kinds of Videos:
    • Expert Teacher Live Sessions (Pre-recorded)
    • Explainer Videos
    • 2D Animation Videos
  • Course Materials are all designed and developed by ACT Academic Team and is in clear English for all the students to understand easily.
  • Each Phase comes with MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) to measure your knowledge and understanding of the subject matter.
  • All our Online courses comprise Written Assignments which have broad and reflective questions to elicit your thought and build your understanding.
  • Our Academic team critically examines your assignments and provides feedback which adds to your learning and promotes high-level thinking.
  • Our LMS includes resources section which highlights:
    • YouTube Videos for expanded learning
    • Research Journals
    • Best Practice Manuals
    • Reference guides
  • Access to ACT Podcast – Gives students the opportunity to listen to Educators and Industry Professionals and enhance knowledge and gain experience.
  • ACT Teaching Practice – Allows you to demonstrate your teaching skills in real classroom and apply theories into practice.
  • Alternative Assignment - If you do not opt for Teaching Practice then you can choose to complete an alternative assignment.
  • ACT Blogs – Brings many learners together to contribute and share their learning experiences and educational journey.
  • Portfolio – ACT encourages to prepare learning logs and portfolios which can be presented to the School you will be working with, assuring them of your skill and commitment.
  • Ticket System - In case of any course related query you can generate your tickets and as soon as the ticket gets generated, you will get an email notification stating the query will be resolved within 24 working hours.
  • • Discussion Board - You can participate in discussion with your peers on this platforms and share your thoughts and ideas. Join ACT TEFL Facebook Group today


Mandatory Units

Unit Credits
Principles of Teaching English as a Foreign Language 5
Understanding English Grammar 5
Teaching English Grammar 2
Teaching English Vocabulary 1
Teaching Productive Skills: Speaking and Writing 4
Teaching Receptive Skills: Listening and Reading 2
Materials and Aids for Teaching English 2
Teaching Pronunciation of English 3
Lesson Planning for Teaching English as a Foreign Language 2
Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Young Learners 1
Using Resources Effectively When Teaching English as a Foreign Language 2


  • ACT TEFL courses are accredited by the world’s largest TESOL accreditation body TESOL Canada & TESOL USA
  • All ACT courses are certified by CPD Certification Service, UK
  • The prestigious EQAC - Education Quality Accreditation Commission has accredited Asian College of Teachers (ACT) that has met all the standards set by this Commission
  • Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC) a member of British Quality Foundation, has accredited Asian College of Teachers (ACT)
  • All TEFL courses are accredited by International Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (QAHE)
  • Asian College of Teachers is a member of ACTFL - American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • ACT is a member of the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT)
  • ACT is a now an institutional member of IATEFL or International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
  • All ACT courses are endorsed by NCC Education, an awarding organisation and a global provider of British education

Course Fee

The Fee for our 1 year program is 1100 USD | 850 GBP | 90,000 INR only. Payment can be done via Bank Transfer/Online Debit or Credit Card. Fees include all online course materials, certification, and transcript.

Certification & Accreditation

  • All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the center and externally verified by Focus Awards. On completing the course, you will get a certificate from Focus Awards, regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).
  • The certificate that you receive serves as recognition of your achievement and signifies that you have met the standards set by the awarding body for the respective qualification.
  • If you are looking for a bright career in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, then pursuing our Focus Awards Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (RQF) adds another feather to your cap!

Career opportunities

Completing the Focus Awards Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (RQF) will help you pursue diverse job opportunities in English language teaching, including roles such as:

  • English Language Teacher, Online English Tutor, English Language Instructor, English Language Program Coordinator, English Language Curriculum Developer, English Language Assessment Specialist, English Language Consultant, etc.
  • The qualification opens doors to a fulfilling career in English language teaching, both domestically and internationally.


Learners willing to progress from this qualification can undertake the following:

  • Focus Awards Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (RQF)
  • Focus Awards Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (RQF)
  • Focus Awards Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (RQF)
  • Focus Awards Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (RQF)

Admission Requirement

  • Help advance your teaching career with Asian College of Teachers which is the approved delivery centre of Ofqual regulated Focus Awards Qualifications.
  • The Focus Awards Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (RQF) does not have set entry requirements from the awarding body. However, individual centers may have their own criteria for admission, with the final decision resting with the center.
  • Please note that learners must be at least 18 years old to pursue this qualification.

Assessment & Verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the center and externally verified by Focus Awards. The qualifications are criterion-referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes. To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. That the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

If you are looking for a bright career in TEFL, pursuing any of the varied TEFL courses would definitely add a feather to your cap.
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