About this course

Thank you for your interest in our courses. All inquiries and registrations for 2021 are now closed. Our CELTA courses and workshops will resume in 2022. An updated schedule will be released in January 2022.
If you're looking for a flexible pathway to an internationally recognised qualification in teaching English as a second language, then CELTA Online is right for you. 

This blended course from Cambridge Assessment English (part of the University of Cambridge), combines online study with face-to-face teaching practice, and leads to the same international qualification as the face-to-face Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). Previous English language teaching experience is not necessary to attend this course. 

How is it delivered?

This is a 12-week blended course, which involves both online and face-to-face components. The face-to-face portion is conducted in a 12-day block (excluding weekends).

In your online study you will:

  • access study modules covering all aspects of English language teaching
  • learn through interactive tasks, forum discussions and live online sessions
  • work with a dedicated Online Course Tutor who facilitates activities, comments and gives feedback, and provides you with individual reports and tutorials
  • complete video observations of experienced teachers at work
  • submit four assessed assignments (750-1000 words each).       

In your face-to-face teaching practice you will:

  • work collaboratively within a small teaching team 
  • develop your lesson planning skills through guided support
  • complete six hours of assessed teaching practice at two different levels
  • get constructive feedback from experienced CELTA tutors and from your peers
  • observe experienced teachers ‘live’ and learn through peer observation.                                                                                                   

Course outline

Following the CELTA Syllabus, you will work through online tasks relating to:

  • learners and teachers, teaching and learning context
  • language analysis and awareness
  • language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • planning and resources for different contexts
  • developing teaching skills and professionalism

In addition, you will complete four written assignments on different topics:

  • adult learners and learning contexts
  • the language system of English
  • language skills
  • reflection on classroom teaching.

You must also complete:

  • six hours of individual, assessed teaching practice, supported by guided lesson planning and feedback
  • six hours of observations of experienced teachers.

Upon successfully completing this course, you will have:

An internationally recognised qualification for English language teaching awarded by Cambridge Assessment English.  

Why take this course

The Cambridge CELTA is a professional, internationally recognised qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The CELTA Online allows you greater flexibility in completing this practical, work-related course at a pace that suits you. No previous teaching experience is required. 


The CELTA certificate is awarded by Cambridge Assessment English (part of the University of Cambridge). They monitor the content, quality and consistency of CELTA courses around the world very carefully, with the result that CELTA is one of the most widely recognised and respected qualifications for English language teaching around the world. 


The CELTA course at the British Council is a highly practical course which will help you develop confidence in the classroom. You will find out about the latest communicative teaching methodologies and have the opportunity to put these into practice in a real classroom with real students.


We have a worldwide reputation for excellence and our experienced and dedicated teacher trainers will support and guide you to develop as a confident and professional teacher of English.

Through the online input sessions, the supervised practice teaching with real adult learners and the observation of British Council teachers, you will gain a solid, practical foundation in planning and teaching, using a student-centred approach. 

To ensure participants have the best possible chance of success, we have a multi-stage selection procedure for this course. As demand is high and places are allocated to successful applicants on a first-come-first-served basis, it is important to submit your application as early as possible. 

If you are offered a place, you need to register in good time to be able to complete your pre-course tasks. 


Applicants must:

  • be at least 18 (it is generally recommended that candidates should be over the age of 20)
  • have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English, which will enable them to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels (the recommended candidate language level is C2 on the CEFR)
  • have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become an effective teacher and to complete the written assignments and practice teaching successfully
  • have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry to higher education.


Download the guidelines from Cambridge Assessment English website.             


Find out more on the CELTA Online through these FAQs.                                                                                                                                                                  

Application process

In order to meet Cambridge requirements and to ensure applicants have the best possible chance of success on the course, there is a four-step application process including a face-to-face interview.

Important:  The application process may take several days to complete. Applications will therefore close approximately 5-10 days before a course is due to start.

Step 1: Complete the online application form by clicking the ‘Apply now’ button on this page.

Step 2: If your application meets our requirements, we will send you an online ‘language awareness’ task.

Step 3: If your completed language awareness task meets our requirements, we will contact you to arrange for an interview.

Step 4: if you are successful at the interview, we will then offer you a place on the course.

Note:  There are a limited number of places on each course. If you are accepted but we cannot offer you a place on your chosen course, you will be offered a place on a subsequent course. If you are not accepted, we will provide feedback and advice on how to best achieve your goals.

Timetable and course fee

Thank you for your interest in our courses. All inquiries and registrations for 2021 are now closed. Our CELTA courses and workshops will resume in 2022. An updated schedule will be released in January 2022.