About this course

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?

CELTA at British Council 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 (750-1000 words each)

Course outline:

The CELTA Syllabus  is set by 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 

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. 

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. 

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 5-10 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

This course is only available at our Toa Payoh Centre.  

SkillsFuture Credit is applicable.

Dates (2019) Delivery Days Times Fees (Incl GST)
11 Feb - 8 Mar  Full Time Mon - Fri 08.30a.m. - 5.00 p.m. S$5,900.00
1 Apr - 10 Jun Part Time Mon & Thu 08.30a.m. - 5.00 p.m. S$5,900.00
17 Jun - 12 Jul Full Time Mon - Fri 08.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. S$5,900.0
29 Jul - 7 Oct Part Time Mon & Thu 08.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. S$5,900.00
3 Sep - 8 Nov Part Time Tue & Fri 08.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. S$5,900.00
18 Nov - 13 Dec Full Time Mon - Fri 08.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. S$5,900.00