The course was challenging, the teachers were supportive and inspiring. They gave me the confidence and the opportunity to become an English language teacher.


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English teachers are in demand across the world. This qualification will give you the confidence and teaching techniques you need to start your cultural and linguistic adventures. 

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. 

Why Celta?

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.

Entry requirements

Native speaker of English or IELTS 6.5 or C2 on the CEFR.

IELTS or C2 on the CEFR

How you’ll learn

The course is aimed at anyone with the above requirements who has an interest in language and communication and would like a career in teaching English language to speakers of other languages. Many of our trainees immediately start their teaching careers either at language schools in the UK or at schools/institutions around the world. After having gained some classroom experience, some of our trainees have returned to Christ Church to study for the Diploma/MA in TESOL.

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 and reflect on 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.

For the part-time course, you will attend seminars and workshops for up to two mornings per week and also one afternoon for teaching practice.

For the full-time four-week course, you will attend seminars and workshops for the whole day.

According to Cambridge guidelines, there are 120 contact hours, which are for the following:

  • Input seminars/workshops
  • Supervised lesson planning
  • Tutorial support and consultation
  • Six hours’ assessed teaching practice
  • Feedback on teaching practice
  • Peer observation of teaching practice
  • Six hours’ directed observation of lessons taught by experience English language teaching professionals

Our Graduate College provides a friendly, diverse and supportive environment for all our postgraduate students.

Professor Susan MillnsDean of the Graduate College

How you’ll be assessed

The certificate is at Level 5 (equivalent of a second-year undergraduate programme). There are no written exams.

Assessment is continuous and integrated ie. based on each trainee’s progress throughout the course. This is largely based on the teaching but also on the four written assignments that trainees are a required to write.

For further information, and a more detailed breakdown of this course, please visit our programme web pages.

Continuous assessment

No exams

Your future career

The School is in close contact with local language schools, who visit on the last day of the course to meet trainees and very often, offer them teaching work straight away. We are also frequently notified of job opportunities abroad and the programme director passes these on to alumni. Recently, trainees have found teaching work in Vietnam, France, Spain and China, to name a few.

Changing career nowadays isn't easy, but the CELTA course at Christ Church gave me just what I needed in terms of knowledge and above all confidence to start teaching.

NigelEnglish Teacher


2020/21 tuition fees for this course

  UK/EU Overseas
Full-time £1,440 £1,440 + admin fees (if visa necessary)
Part-time £1,440 £1,440 + admin fees (if visa necessary)

Course Dates

Full-time course: 12 October – 6 November 2020

Part-time course: 2 February – 5 May 2021

Full-time course: 24 May – 18 June 2021


Additional fees information:

The fees for full- and part-time are £1,440*, 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 £1,280 and the Cambridge ESOL fee is £160.

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

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