CELTA Teacher Training

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Rohit Sharma

Gain an internationally recognised qualification to teach English anywhere in the world. Open to UAL students and staff only.

What is the CELTA?

The CELTA certificate is the most widely-recognised international qualification for teaching English to speakers of other languages. Whether you’re considering a career in teaching or want to gain amazing international experience in a rewarding field, having a CELTA qualification will give you the essential skills and a practical toolkit to succeed. 

CELTA is administered by the University of Cambridge and is the required qualification for many teaching positions around the world. Teaching practice is an integral part of this qualification so you’ll get the chance to teach right from the start of your course. UAL's CELTA course costs £1,332 and loan options are available to help you fund your CELTA.

What to expect

CELTA is an intensive course designed to take people with zero or limited teaching experience to a position where they are ready to teach English as a foreign language to adult students across different levels of ability.

It’s a life-changing and rewarding course but not for the faint-hearted as it is demanding and will require your absolute commitment for 4 weeks.

The course is 120 hours in total over a 4 week period. Your days will be divided into 2 halves: methodology input sessions and teaching practice. Read more below in the Course Content section below.

Language Centre and our CELTA trainers

The Language Centre was established in 1999 in order to provide preparation and support to UAL students whose first language isn’t English. On our last British Council inspection we received an excellent report, with strengths noted in areas of quality assurance, academic staff profile, teaching and more.

Our teacher trainers have extensive experience of delivering CELTA courses. They have also travelled and taught in many countries, so they’re ideally placed to give you advice on opportunities you can take up when you’ve completed your CELTA.

Course content

You’ll begin teaching practice on the first day of your course, maximising your experience of teaching others to give you the best possible preparation.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Learners and teachers; and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Planning and resources for different teaching contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism.


In order to meet the course requirements and obtain their CELTA Certificate, candidates must:

  • Attend the full course over the duration of the CELTA course
  • Teach groups of adult learners for a total of 6 hours to meet the teaching practice criteria – candidates will teach at least 2 different levels of learners during the course
  • Observe experienced teachers teaching groups of adult learners for a total of 6 hours
  • Submit 4 assignments
  • Maintain and submit a portfolio containing of all their written assignments and materials related to teaching practice.

Assessment is continuous and integrated – there is no examination. Assessment takes place throughout the course and both assessed components (teaching practice and assignments) contribute to the overall final grade.

During the CELTA course there will be 4 written assignments which focus on the following:

  • Language analysis
  • Adult learners and learning contexts
  • Language skills
  • Reflection on classroom teaching.

Assignments are internally assessed and externally moderated by a nominated Cambridge CELTA Assessor.

During your CELTA course if you are not meeting the assessment criteria, you may be withdrawn from the CELTA assessment scheme and awarded a UAL Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language instead. Please note, the Cambridge Registration fee will not be refunded in this instance.


Further to the methodology and teaching practice sessions you will receive on the course, there will also be special advice sessions on finding and applying for teaching opportunities upon completing your CELTA.

Teacher profiles

Claire Wallace has been a teacher and teacher trainer for 20 years. She has worked in Thailand, Italy, Greece and the UK. She specialises in eLearning and designing online resources. She is an enthusiastic photographer and is particularly inspired by the urban landscape.

Martin Oetegenn divides his time between teacher training, materials writing, online tutoring and examining. He has worked in Argentina, Colombia, Peru, China, Mexico, Italy, Spain and the UK. Apart from travel and languages, music is a big passion for him. He is a singer, pianist and published songwriter.

Entry requirements

Minimum age: 18

Application criteria: Students must be currently studying on a full time course at UAL. Staff members will be asked to submit a CV at the same time as their application.

Language level: to be eligible for the course candidates must have C1 or C2 level of English or equivalent; that's around IELTS 7.0 and above. 

Location, dates and fees

The course covers a total number of 120 hours over 4 weeks. Please make sure you are available between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday for the duration of the whole course.


Date:3 July 2017 - 28 July 2017

Language Centre
272 High Holborn



* Fees include Cambridge Assessment Fee of £140.