Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

English course (4 weeks)


January 2019, October 2019, September 2019, March 2019, June 2019, July 2019


Our CELTA course provides your first step to becoming an English Language Teacher. You will develop practical teaching skills, with real classroom experience and gain a teaching qualification that will help you find employment in the UK or overseas.

Full description

Course content

The course is full-time programme and you must attend ALL parts.

The course includes:

  • Validation and moderation by the University of Cambridge English Language Assessment
  • 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 by trainers throughout the course both in tutorials and in supported lesson planning
  • Written feedback on every lesson you teach and on your written assignments

Download our sample timetable: CELTA

Additional information

Please note the CELTA course is extremely intensive and full-time attendance is required. You will cover the basics of English language teaching over a very short period of time and attend a full timetable. It is likely you will also need to undertake an additional 2-3 hours of private study per day, to prepare lessons and for research and reading on language and completing the written assignments.

Course dates and fees

Courses are available on the following dates:

Course Dates  Length of Course  Course fees Exam fees Total cost
21 January - 15 February 2019 4 weeks  £1,450  £150 £1,600
11 April* - 10 May 2019 4 weeks £1,450 £150 £1,600
3 June - 28 June 2019 4 weeks £1,450 £150 £1,600
29 July - 23 August 2019 4 weeks  £1,500 £150 £1,650
30 September - 25 October 2019 4 weeks £1,500 £150 £1,650

*Please note this course starts on a Thursday due to Easter bank holidays.

For recent graduates of Anglia Ruskin (from the current year and up to three years ago) we offer a 10% discount on the course fee.

Please note you will need to pay an administration fee of £150 which is required for assessment by CELA (Cambridge English Language Assessment).

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, with training to support you
  • Anglia Ruskin University student status – you’ll have access to our university library, language lab, computer suites and on-campus refectory and cafes


The CELTA is an assessed course accredited by Cambridge English Language Assessment (CELA) and completion of the course does not guarantee that you will be awarded the certificate.

You will be assessed throughout the course on two main components:

  • Teaching practice
  • Four written assignments (on adult learners, language systems, language skills and teaching)

If you reach the required levels, you are awarded a Pass, Pass B or Pass A grade. You will receive your final certificate from CELA after completion of the course. You will also be provided with a report at the end of the course from Anglia Ruskin University (whether you achieve the CELA 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, summer programmes and bespoke courses, as well as in-sessional English language support. There's also the chance to learn an additional language with our Anglia Language Programme – open to all ARU students and staff.

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 lsu_shortcourses@anglia.ac.uk. If your application is accepted, you will be invited to complete an interview which all applicants must attend. Those based overseas will be offered a skype or telephone 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 a face-to-face 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 task pre-interview task. As part of the interview we also include a tour of our Cambridge campus.

Entry requirements

The CELTA course is a very intensive and demanding programme and we strongly recommend you have no other major commitments when attending.

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
  • If you are applying as an international student you may need to apply for a Short Term Study Visa. Please note this course is not suitable for a Tier 4 student visa
  • 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 us at lsu_shortcourses@anglia.ac.uk.