Our 12-week part-time and 4-week full-time CELTA courses provide you with a practical, work-related qualification which is a first step in learning to teach English as a foreign language to adults.

Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is an internationally recognised teaching certificate. There are CELTA centres world-wide, all running a similar programme and all moderated by Cambridge English Language Assessment, which is part of The University of Cambridge.

Candidates should normally have, as a minimum entry requirement, a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education. For non-native speakers of English, applicants should demonstrate a high level of both written and spoken English such as an IELTS score of 6.5 or level C2 on the CEFR. Many candidates who come on courses have experience of teaching or training in other or related fields and some have a little, usually informal, experience of teaching foreign students. The certificate should enable you to find employment in private language schools and some state institutions either in the UK or overseas.

Find out what recent students have to say about our CELTA.

How to apply

Please apply for this course online. You can find out more on this page.

If you would like to discuss anything related to this course, please feel free to contact the Course Director Mark Almond: email mark.almond@canterbury.ac.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

We accept applications on a first come first serve basis but if there are still spaces available, we can interview candidates in the week prior to the start of the course.
Yes, you would have access to the extensive resources in the library (books, journals, newspapers, etc.), which is open till late, the photocopiers/printers, located in the library and various points on campus. You’ll be allocated a smartcard with a number of printing credits on it and you can use this throughout the course. You’ll be able to purchase more if you need to. You’ll also have access to the various eating and drinking points on campus and in the library.
You’ll be teaching adults (18+) who come from different parts of the world, for example, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Nepal, China, Japan, Korea, Spain, etc. They may be working locally or studying and wanting to improve their English. These lessons are free of charge to them.
Your CELTA qualification will be sent to the centre (us) from Cambridge and it can take up to 6 weeks. We would then send this to your preferred home address. Once you have successfully completed the course, we will send you a report with your grade and comments on your teaching, attitude to teaching, etc. When looking for a job, language schools will accept this as a provisional qualification. They would probably then want to see your certificate once you’ve received it.  

Yes, in some circumstances it can. Please follow this link to find out more.



The 2023 fees for this course are:

The fees for full- and part-time are £1,697*, which includes the University of Cambridge ESOL fee. For the part-time course, you can choose to pay in two instalments.

*The CCCU fee is £1,540 and the Cambridge ESOL fee is £157.

There will be an additional administrative charge for international applicants who require a Student Study Visa

The course dates for the CELTA are as follows:

Full-time: 29 May – 23 Jun 2023

Part-time: 31 Jan – 3 May 2023

The CELTA course offers practical seminars which teach you "how to teach", for example, how to teach and practise grammar and vocabulary or how to teach the skill of listening.

The students also have opportunities to practise what they learn.

  1. Teaching Practice. You need to teach foreign students at two different levels of English language proficiency over the course. Your teaching is assessed by a tutor and is the most important assessed element of the course.
  2. Observations of practising teachers and video observations of teachers and classes.
  3. Written Assignments which are practical and very much based on the observation, teaching and learning you do on the course.
  4. Tutorials in which your strengths and areas for development are discussed. You will be given clear guidelines for improving your performance.
  5. Keeping a Portfolio of your work over the course.
A CELTA trainee is assessed throughout the duration of the course. There are no examinations.
Throughout the course you’re supported by your tutors who will give you 2 or 3 tutorials depending on which course you’re studying on (part-time or full-time). If your teaching isn’t to standard, you’ll be given extra support and you’ll be sent a letter stating the areas you need to work on.

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