This course is now closed for entry. Please see our 2020 course page.
What is CELTA?
The Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is an initial qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience and opens up a whole world of exciting teaching opportunities.
How does CELTA relate to TEFL / TESOL?
TEFL or TESOL are terms often used to describe qualifications for English Language teachers. CELTA, the most widely taken initial TESOL / TEFL qualification of its kind in the world, was previously known as CTEFLA and the RSA certificate.
Who is CELTA for?
CELTA is suitable for a wide range of people. It is the ideal qualification for those who want to start English language teaching anywhere in the world. It is also suitable for people who want a career break or change and for those already teaching English who have no formal qualification.
Who recognises CELTA?
CELTA is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English Language teachers and is the minimum qualification required by British Council accredited institutions worldwide. The Cambridge CELTA has been accredited by Ofqual (the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) at Level Five on the National Qualifications Framework for England. Cambridge English also works with international ELT organisations to ensure the acceptance of CELTA globally.
What you'll study
What does CELTA involve?
We run CELTA as a part-time course over 26 weeks from October to May each year. The course runs on a Thursday with classes from 1 pm - 4 pm followed by Teaching Practice classes from 5 pm – 7.30 pm.
There are five main units of learning:
- learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
- language analysis and awareness
- language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
- planning and resources for different contexts
- developing teaching skills and professionalism.
How you’re taught
You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge ESOL, moderates each course. There are two components of assessment:
- Teaching practice: You will teach for a total of six hours, working with classes at two levels of ability. Assessment is based on your overall performance at the end of the six hours.
- Written assignments: You will complete four written assignments: one focusing on adult learning; one on the language system of English; one on language skills; and one on classroom teaching.
To be awarded the certificate you must pass both components. There are three grades — Pass, Pass B and Pass A.
Careers and employability
CELTA is an initial teacher qualification in teaching English language to adult international learners. It is required by all institutions who are accredited by the British Council, which may include further and higher education establishments and private language schools in the UK as well as educational institutions worldwide.This course does not currently offer placements.
Ideally you should:
- have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education
- be aged 20 or over
- have a standard of English which will enable you to teach at a range of levels.
We may still accept you if you do not have formal qualifications at this level but can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully. We may, at our discretion, accept applicants aged between 18 and 20.
How to apply
How do I apply?
This course is full. Applications for October 2019 entry are now closed.
The course details for October 2020 entry is here.
PLEASE NOTE that only a small number of places are available to external applicants as students studying the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) also have the opportunity to take CELTA as part of their degree course.
If you successfully obtain a place on the course you will be invited to attend an induction day when you will have a chance to find out about the course in much more detail, meet the staff and other students. You will also be expected to enrol and arrange to pay your fees.
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