TPhYL – Teaching Phonics to Young Learners

The Teaching Phonics to Young Learners Certificate or ‘TPhYL’ is a Synthetic Phonics teaching proficiency qualification for teachers who are currently teaching or intend to teach phonics to young learners. The TPhYL, created by Phonics Education Association (PEA), is endorsed by Teaching Qualification UK (TQUK) as a Level 4 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The TPhYL is the first of its kind, giving much-needed accreditation and certification to the teaching of phonics to young learners.


The purpose of the TPhYL is to check the ability of the candidates to provide quality synthetic phonics[1] teaching to young learners. Teachers teaching phonics to young learners need to produce sounds[2], blend sounds into words and segment words to encode letters accurately. They also need to have the teaching skills to teach their target age group appropriately. Candidates of TPhYL will be tested in various areas related to phonics knowledge, application and teaching.


The TPhYL test can be taken by individuals with a minimum of a receptive and expressive English level equivalent to an IELTS band 6[i] score along with either of the following:


  • a minimum of 2 years’ full-time teaching experience with young learners (aged 3 to 7),

  • holding a Bachelor’s degree with English as a medium of instruction

  • graduates of the Certificate in Phonics Teaching to Young Learners (CPT) course[ii]


** Candidates looking for an indication of their level of English can take the free online test from Cambridge English:




The entire TPhYL test with all five sections will normally be completed in one day with adequate breaks provided between each section. PEA reserves the right to change and adapt schedules and venues as necessary. 

The TPhYL test is conducted in Hong Kong and administered by PEA.

Test fee for year 2021 is HK$4200. Apply your latest TPhYL test by press here...

[1] All mentions of phonics from this point onwards will be referring to Synthetic Phonics unless specified otherwise.

[2] Any mentions of sounds refer to phonemes unless specified otherwise.


[i] Check equivalent scores to the IELTS:


[ii] CPT course is provided by PolyU SPEED (Hong Kong) and Centre for Continuing Education, University of Macau (Macau).

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