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 internationally recognised qualification for teaching English to speakers of other languages. Whether you are considering a career in teaching or you’re planning to teach while traveling and creating around the world, having a CELTA qualification will give you the essential 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 and you will be teaching from the first day of your course.

Language Centre and our tutors

UAL’s Language Centre was established 18 years ago in order to provide preparation and support to UAL students if English is not their first language. 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 each have several years experience in delivering CELTA courses. They have all travelled and taught extensively overseas, so they’re ideally placed to give you advice on opportunities beyond this course.

Course Content

This is an intensive course designed to take people with limited teaching experience to a position where they are ready to teach English to students with a variety of levels.

It is demanding and will require your absolute commitment for 4 weeks but the results are very rewarding.

The course is 120 hours in total over 4 weeks. Your days will be divided into 2 halves: methodology input session and teaching practice.

You will begin your 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 a CELTA Certificate, candidates must:

  • Attend a full course
  • Teach groups of adult learners for a total of 6 hours – 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 all 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.


Further to the methodology and teaching practice sessions you will receive on the course, there will also be special advice sessions on where to find teaching opportunities and how to apply for them.

Teacher Profiles

Claire Wallace has been a teacher and teacher trainer for twenty 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

Qualifications: you must be currently studying on a full time course at UAL. For staff, you will be asked to submit a CV at the application stage.

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. UAL also runs Certificate course in the teaching of English. If you are accepted for the Cambridge CELTA, you should be aware that you may be withdrawn from this scheme and awarded the UAL Certificate, should your English fall below the required standard. In such cases, the Cambridge registration fee will not be refunded. Non-native English speakers may be asked to complete some English language tasks to assess their level of English.

Location, Dates and Fees

Easter start date

Date:20 March 2017 - 13 April 2017

Language Centre, 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY



Summer start date

Date:3 July 2017 - 28 July 2017




* Fees include Teaching in Creative Contexts workshop worth £175 and Cambridge Assessment Fee of £140.

The total number of hours on this course is 120 over 4 weeks. Please make sure you are available between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.