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 an internationally recognised qualification in teaching English as a second or foreign language, then the Cambridge CELTA is right for you. Previous English language teaching experience is not necessary to attend this course.

How is it delivered?

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) at the British Council in Singapore can be taken as a full-time intensive course (five days a week for four weeks), or a part-time course (two days a week for ten weeks). The total course length is 125 hours.   

 On the CELTA course you will: 

  • attend input sessions covering all aspects of English language teaching
  • observe experienced teachers and learn through peer observation
  • work collaboratively within a small teaching team
  • benefit from directed lesson planning and tutorial support
  • complete six hours of assessed teaching practice at a two different levels
  • get constructive feedback from experienced CELTA tutors and from your peers
  • submit four assessed assignments (750 to 1,000 words each).

Course outline:

The CELTA Syllabus is set by the Cambridge Assessment English and consists of the following learning areas:  

  • 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 the following 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.

By the end of the course you will have:

  • an internationally recognised qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, awarded by Cambridge Assessment English (part of the University of Cambridge)
  • a solid foundation in the techniques and tools for effective planning and teaching
  • greater awareness of how to create communicative, student-centred lessons
  • greater awareness of your own teaching strengths and areas for development
  • specific ideas to help with on-going professional development. 

Where is this course taught?

Why take this course?

The Cambridge CELTA is a professional, internationally recognised qualification in English language teaching to adults. 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 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. 


We have a rigorous application process because our goal is to help you get the outcome you want. 92% of candidates who do the course with us are successful in gaining the CELTA certificate. Of those, 13% achieve a higher than average grade.

After the course, according to our latest graduate survey, 71% of respondents reported finding full- or part-time work relating to English Language Teaching, both in Singapore and overseas.


“one of the best things I’ve undergone for both personal and professional growth”

“it has enabled me to change my career path whilst living in Asia”

“an amazing experience which gave me the confidence to pursue teaching as a full-time career”

“the CELTA course gave me the right tools to teach confidently”

“tough but very worthwhile!”

“a very enriching and rewarding experience”


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. 

Read more about our CELTA courses here:

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 to 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.