Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

English course, short course english language courses (4 weeks)


January, March, April, June, July, August, September, October


Take your first step to becoming an English language teacher with our full-time CELTA course. Develop practical teaching skills, with real classroom experience, and gain a teaching qualification that's recognised in the UK and around the world.

Full description

Course content

Our CELTA is a full-time course, and you'll be required to attend all sessions.

The course includes:

  • 120 contact hours including interactive seminars and workshops. These cover teaching methodology, lesson planning, language awareness, pronunciation and classroom management
  • supported lesson planning to prepare you for teaching
  • teaching practice with volunteer students
  • feedback and reflection on the teaching that you do in a small, supportive tutorial group
  • observation of peers and experienced English language teachers
  • one-to-one support throughout the course, both in tutorials and lesson planning
  • written feedback on every lesson you teach and on your written assignments
  • validation and moderation by Cambridge English Language Assessment

Additional information

This course is a blended programme of a two-week intensive block of face-to-face training, followed by a seven-week block of online, part-time training.

You'll cover the basics of English language teaching in a short period of time, so full-time attendance is required. You're also likely to undertake an additional 2-3 hours of private study every day on the full-time part of the programme, to prepare lessons, complete written assignments, and carry out research and reading.

Course dates and fees

The summer 2023 CELTA course begins with an 11-day block of full-time training on ARU's Cambridge Campus from 12 May 2023 to 26 May 2023.

The online block of the course runs from 5 June 2023 to 20 July 2023. Online classes are on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

This course is available for current ARU students and recent graduates only (alumni should have graduated in the last three years).

Tuition fees are £1500 inclusive of the Cambridge Assessment examination fee. This is a special reduced rate for ARU students and recent graduates.

Pay your course fee online

The course fee includes:

  • tuition fee and materials
  • resources for your teaching practice
  • access to state-of-the-art classrooms and training to use the technology as required, including interactive whiteboards and dotcams
  • Anglia Ruskin University student status – you’ll have access to our University library, language lab, computer suites and campus cafes.


CELTA is an assessed course, accredited by Cambridge English Language Assessment. 

You'll be assessed throughout the course on:

  • your teaching practice
  • four written assignments (on adult learners, language systems, language skills and teaching).

Completion of the course does not guarantee that you will be awarded the Certificate in English Language Teaching. However, if you reach the required levels, you'll be awarded a Pass, Pass B or Pass A grade. You will then receive your final certificate from Cambridge English Language Assessment.

We'll also give you a report at the end of the course (whether you achieve the CELTA award or not).

Where you will study

Your department and faculty

Our Language Centre is here to support your academic success.

We offer a wide range of English courses, including academic and general English, as well as providing English language support for ARU students during their courses. We can also offer summer programmes, English language assessment and bespoke courses for groups.  

You'll find a friendly, supportive teaching environment here with highly experienced and qualified teaching staff who are dedicated to helping you pursue your ambitions.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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How to apply

To apply please complete the application form and return this to [email protected]. If your application is accepted, you will be invited to complete an interview which all applicants must attend. Those not based locally will be offered an online video interview. Acceptance onto the course depends upon successful completion of the interview.

The interview process

The interview is an important part of the application process of the CELTA programme. It provides a good opportunity to meet us and find out more about the programme, as well as ask any questions you may have. It also allows us to assess your suitability for this demanding programme.

You will have an interview with a CELTA tutor, designed to find out your motivations for doing the course and your understanding of what language teaching might entail, to confirm your suitability for the course. You will also be required to complete a short pre-interview task, which must be submitted to us at least 24 hours before the interview.

Entry requirements

The CELTA course is a very intensive and demanding programme and we strongly recommend you have no other major commitments when attending the full-time block of training.

To apply you must have:

  • An excellent level of written and spoken English to enable you to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels. This will be tested at application and interview stage
  • For applicants with English as a second/ foreign language a minimum English level of C1 (CEFR) Advanced
  • You should be aged 18 or over and educated to degree level. We consider applicants who have qualifications that would allow them to enter higher education or who have extensive teaching experience on a case by case basis
  • Course fees must be paid in full before the start of the course – pay online
Please note

A degree is not an entry requirement for CELTA, but please be aware that without a degree it will be more difficult to find employment teaching English as a Foreign Language in the UK or abroad.

The CELTA is designed for people with little or no English language teaching experience (but those with experience can be considered).

If you require any further information please contact Amanda Bailey at [email protected].

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