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

Applications for our 2024 courses are now open

Language level: English as a first language, or strong C1 or above, or IELTS 7.5
Teaching experience: No teaching experience required
Course length: 4 weeks (CELTA 2023-2024 Term Dates)

Start dates:

25 February, 14 April, 12 May, 9 June, 7 July & 4 August 2024
Maximum class size: 12 students
Course hours: 120 hours
Teaching method: Face-to-face learning
Tuition fees: £1550 (All fees include Cambridge English fees & Lunch Monday to Friday)

Optional extras:


Accommodation: subject to availability
Breakfast & Dinner: Pay as you go in the Dining Hall

What is CELTA?

CELTA is a RQF Level 5 teaching qualification for anyone who wants to get into teaching English as a foreign and second language and travel the world. The benefits of the CELTA are:

  • Gain a professional RQF Level 5 qualification that is one of only two recognised by the British Council and employers worldwide
  • Develop your teaching skills, lesson planning, and improve your classroom confidence
  • Gain practical experience of a real-life ELT classroom
  • Build a network within the international ELT industry
  • Begin your professional development journey in teaching.

Why choose our CELTA course?

We are a Cambridge English Teaching Qualification Centre for the CELTA and DELTA and have a track record of successfully preparing teachers for this qualifications. The benefits of our professional development course include:

  • Study at an international college with a worldwide reputation in providing academic and professional courses for 70 years
  • Develop your teaching skills and achieve your learning goals in our supportive environment
  • Observe up to 6 hours of experienced teachers
  • Receive feedback on 6 hours of observed teaching practice
  • Benefit from our highly experienced team of teacher trainers
  • Utilise our well-equipped academic facilities and resources, including a private specialist teacher training hub
  • Study with adults from all over the world to expand your cultural awareness and make friends for life
  • Make the most of the academic resources in Oxford during your studies. Immerse yourself in a university city steeped in history and benefit from the world-famous museums, libraries, and art galleries.

Application process

The application procedure is as follows:

  • Complete the online booking form (using the ‘Book Now’ button above)
  • We will send you an application form, pre-interview task, and a short English language test (if required)
  • You return your materials to CELTA@stclares.ac.uk
  • We assess your materials and offer an interview with one of our CELTA Teacher Trainers. We also ask you to undertake a short, timed writing task
  • We let you know our decision
  • If you are accepted, we ask for payment of the deposit and registration fee
  • We send a course confirmation letter and invoice

Course requirements

Candidates are required to:

  • Attend the whole course
  • Write 4 course assignments 
  • Complete 6 hours of observation of experienced teachers

CELTA resources

  • Private study space for CELTA trainees
  • Teacher Training Library
  • Course materials – We have a wide range of course materials that can be borrowed for your lesson planning and observed teaching practice
  • Reading list – You will be issued with a short pre-course reading list. This includes books which should be bought by you
  • Syllabus – The CELTA syllabus and other information is available from Cambridge English

The teaching practice really encouraged us, as future professionals, to practise what we had learned in the classroom and to polish our skills to become more competent professionals and more knowledgeable in the art of teaching English to other people.”

Michail Machfount, Greek

Slick delivery of course with excellent content and materials. Well planned programme with timings that worked well for me and allowed me to commute in from outside Oxford. A nice size of class. Lovely location. Excellent food.” Sophia Sheldrick, British

I would like to use my CELTA qualification to specialise in teaching business English. This would allow me to combine my 30 years of business experience with the skills I learnt on the CELTA course! “

Matthew Mycock, British

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