about celta

This information was taken from the Cambridge Assessment Teaching Qualifications Website

Who is CELTA for?

  • New teachers starting their career
  • First-language English speakers and non-first language speakers
  • Experienced teachers who want to develop their skills
  • Teachers who want to travel and teach English

Minimum entry requirements

  • Proficient English language user (CEFR Level high C1 or above)
  • Educated to the standard required for entry into higher education
  • Age 18+

Key features of CELTA

  • The most widely recognised English teaching qualification in the world
  • Provides hands-on teaching experience and observation of experienced teachers that help build your confidence in the classroom
  • CELTA can give you the training you need to work and travel the world
  • Gives you the essential skills and knowledge you need to teach English as a foreign language to adults and older teenagers
  • It’s developed by Cambridge Assessment English, the world’s leading provider of teaching qualifications and courses and part of the University of Cambridge.

Course details

  • Covers the principles of effective teaching and gives you a range of teaching techniques and practical experience
  • Teaching practice, feedback and observation of teaching are at the heart of the CELTA course, which is what makes it such a practical course. You’ll also receive tutorial support and help with planning lessons
  • It’s flexible – it can be taken full time over 4–5 weeks or part time over a few months

Main Features

  • Practical experience teaching different language levels and ages
  • Regular feedback and discussion sessions with your tutors
  • Observation of qualified and experienced teachers
  • Theoretical background
  • Practical approach to classroom management and lesson planning

The Level of CELTA: Foundation to Developing

CELTA is currently accredited in the UK by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) at Level 5 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is a 30-credit qualification.


Level five qualifications recognise specialist learning and involve detailed analysis of a high level of information and knowledge in an area of work or study.

Celta-syllabus_and_assessment guidelines
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Input sessions follow the timetable provided here but may be adapted to a particular time of year or local circumstances. Input will preceed Assessment and TP requirements and a certain amount of self study is expected beyond input in order to consolidate knowledge. Input is about one third of the course time and there will be tutors for you to resort to 100% of the course time.



The assessment consists of a variety of elements, coursework, observations, peer/microteaching all play a role but there are two formal elements: The TPs and the 4 written tasks:

  • Focus on the Learner
  • Skills Related Tasks
  • Language Related Tasks
  • Lessons from the Classroom

Assignments are meant to be practical but should reflect a lot of background reading, so should TPs and both can be resubmitted and tutors will help you in the drafitng stage


They all need to be around 1000 words - the total written work in words should be between 3000-6000 words. 

Teaching Practice


In the CELTA Programme you are required to teach a total of 6 hours and to observe other teachers/ tutors/ trainees. In Expert, we provide with this and with more opprotunities to teach up to 12 hours and to observe live and recorded classes at will.


You will be able to teach different levels and different ages form A1 to C1 and from very young learners to Adults. You will also be able to experience on-to-one and In company classes.