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Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA)

CELTA is a 120-hour training course. It is an initial qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience who want to teach English as a foreign language. You gain the skills and practical teaching experience to start a career in English teaching worldwide.


Course overview

Teaching is a blend of face-to-face and online learning. Input sessions are delivered online using the Cambridge Assessment English Moodle. You should dedicate around 10 hours study time per week to these sessions, with an additional 5 hours to prepare for lessons and complete written assignments. Teaching practice and feedback takes place face-to-face at the University on Wednesdays from 11.00am to 5.00pm. You are required to attend all sessions.

CELTA is validated by Cambridge Assessment English and is a highly respected and recognised qualification across the world. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland it is accredited by Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation at Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework.

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Course details

What you study

Cambridge English Language Assessment The CELTA focuses on five main areas:

  • 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 learn

Part of the course requires you to complete teaching practice. You teach for a total of six hours, working with classes at two levels of ability. You are assessed on your overall performance at the end of the six hours.

You also observe other English language teachers, who teach on English language courses at the University.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on your overall performance at the end of the six hours of teaching practice with classes at two different language levels, and completion of four written assignments that focus on:

- analysing and responding to learner needs
- analysing language for teaching purposes
- teaching language skills
- reflecting on classroom teaching.

An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, moderates each course. To be awarded the CELTA certificate, you need to pass the teaching practice component and three out of four written assignments. There are four grades: Pass A, Pass B, Pass and Fail..


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must be 18 years of age or over and have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education (NVQ Level 3). For non-native English speakers, a minimum CEFR English language level of high C1 (eg IELTS 7.5) is required.

If you do not have formal qualifications at the level indicated above, you may still be accepted if you can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully.

You are required to complete a pre-interview task. This is available from Johnathan Brook, CELTA course leader. Contact On successful completion of this task, you will be invited to an informal interview before the offer of a place is made.

On acceptance of the place, the formal University application form must be completed, followed by a deposit of £300 to secure a place on the course.
Please note that if accepted onto the course you will need to pay £300 deposit to secure your place.



Career opportunities

CELTA is accepted by organisations which employ English language teachers throughout the world and career opportunities include:

language schools
examination boards
non-governmental organisations
the voluntary sector



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

The fee includes the Cambridge entry fee of £127. Please note that if accepted onto the course you will need to pay £300 deposit to secure your place.

  • Start date: Wednesday 7 February 2024 to Wednesday 8 May 2024

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