You can take any module at any center at any time that suits you.
Whether you do it face-to-face or online it’s the same.
It’s not written on the certificate whether you did it online or face-to-face (not should it matter in my opinion.)
You can sit the Module One is exam twice a year, in June and December.
Any entry fee you pay for Module 1 and 3 is non-refundable or transferable.
Not all the things stated here apply to all the centers, so before deciding on any module, check with your center,
Module One can be taken face-to-face or online. Some centers provide online courses with face-to-face sessions, but those who don’t or can’t attend the sessions won’t miss anything as all will be provided on the LMS (Learning Management System like Moodle.)
The online option is a minimum of eight weeks, and could be up to 16 weeks. I prefer the online option since you can have some time for reading, and practicing. The face-to-face option is usually 2 weeks or 3. I think the time is not enough at all. If you take a look at the recommended readings for Module One, you will find that you need to read a minimum of seven books (probably double that number). To add, you need to familiarize yourself with the exam tasks, and the way they are marked. Mostly face-to-face courses run a couple of months before the exam which means you will have time to read and practice, but the thing is you will have no support since the course is over. On the other hand, in online courses there will be communication with the tutor(s) and other candidates. You could team up with someone and start a group study, a WhatsApp group, or ask your questions in the forums.
Module Two can be taken in some options: six weeks, eight weeks, three months, and nine months. There might be other options that I’m not aware of. However, not all the centers provide all the options. You need to get in touch with the center and see which ones they provide.
So, which option is the best? Unfortunately, there’s no answer for this question. It all depends on you, and your situation. The six-week course is highly intensive. And one needs to be able to handle pressure, and manage their time really well.
The eight-week option is also demanding, not as much as the six weeks, but it’s still a full-time intensive course. If you can handle whatever the course might throw on you, then go for the full-time option. An advantage is that you’ll always be in the zone. You will have input sessions in the morning along with some unassessed teaching, and in the evenings you’ll be working on your LSAs. This way, you won’t have to remember where you left off every time you need to go to work. Or only having most work done on weekends.
I went for the six-week option, and I was able to pass all my assignments while my dominant hand was broken during the last two weeks of the course. So, if I could do it, why wouldn’t you?
If you take the part-time option you can have time to reflect. you can read more, and research. you can work on your plan in the PDA and actually have more steps and do some development. I once had a look at the PDA of a friend of mine who took the nine-month option, and it was A LOT different from mine since she had a lot of time to read and reflect.
Module Three is mostly done as a distant course since you will have to write an assignment (4000-4500 words) about a teaching specialism or ELT management. Most centers offer a ten-week course for Module Three with optional face-to-face sessions. Some centers assign you to one tutor for all your assignment, while others, assign a tutor for each section you write. An online course is the best option for Module Three because it takes a lot of time to complete the stages and sections of the assignment and sending them to your tutor, then, while they are checking your work, you’ll be working on another section of the assignment.
A Final Word
Think carefully before taking any course, check with your center about everything, and ask around before going for any center. As for me, I went for IH Izmir for Module Two, and ITI Istanbul for Modules 1 and 3. And I do recommend both centers
If there’s any point that I haven’t addressed, feel free to comment or get in touch with me