Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

English course, short course english language courses (4 weeks)


January, March, April, June, July, August, September, October


Take your first step to becoming an English language teacher with our four-week full-time CELTA course. Develop practical teaching skills, with real classroom experience, and gain a teaching qualification that's recognised in the UK and around the world. A part-time option (one day per week) is also available.

Full description

Course content

Our full-time CELTA course runs full-time over four weeks, and you'll be required to attend all sessions.

The course includes:

  • 120 contact hours including interactive seminars and workshops. These cover teaching methodology, lesson planning, language awareness, pronunciation and classroom management
  • supported lesson planning to prepare you for teaching
  • teaching practice with volunteer students
  • feedback and reflection on the teaching that you do in a small, supportive tutorial group
  • observation of peers and experienced English language teachers
  • one-to-one support throughout the course, both in tutorials and lesson planning
  • written feedback on every lesson you teach and on your written assignments
  • validation and moderation by Cambridge English Language Assessment

Download our sample timetable: CELTA

We also have a part-time CELTA course beginning in September. This programme will run for one day per week over the course of two semesters, enabling you to fit your studies around existing commitments. Please contact us for more information.

Additional information

Please note the CELTA course is extremely intensive. You'll cover the basics of English language teaching in a short period of time, so full-time attendance is required. You're also likely to undertake an additional 2-3 hours of private study every day, to prepare lessons, complete written assignments, and carry out research and reading.

Course dates and fees

Course dates  Length of course  Course fees Exam fees Total cost
31 March - 29 April 2022* 4 weeks £1,525 £150 £1,675
06 June - 01 July 2022 4 weeks £1,525 £150 £1,675
01 August - 26 August 2022 4 weeks £1,525 £165 £1,690
19 September 2022 - 08 April 2023 (part time**) 24 weeks (p/t) £1,525 £165 £1,690

*This course starts on a Thursday due to Easter bank holidays.

**12 weeks from w/c 19 September to w/c 05 Dec 2022. 12 weeks from w/c 16 January to w/c 17 April 2023 (with two-week break for Easter vacation)

We offer a 10% discount on the CELTA course fee to recent graduates of Anglia Ruskin (from the current year up to three years ago).

Please note that there is also an administration fee of £165 for assessment by Cambridge English Language Assessment ('exam fees' on the table above). 

Pay your course fee online

The course fee includes:

  • tuition fee and materials
  • resources for your teaching practice
  • access to state-of-the-art classrooms and training to use the technology as required, including interactive whiteboards and dotcams
  • Anglia Ruskin University student status – you’ll have access to our university library, language lab, computer suites and campus cafes.


CELTA is an assessed course, accredited by Cambridge English Language Assessment. 

You'll be assessed throughout the course on:

  • your teaching practice
  • four written assignments (on adult learners, language systems, language skills and teaching).

Completion of the course does not guarantee that you will be awarded the Certificate in English Language Teaching. However, if you reach the required levels, you'll be awarded a Pass, Pass B or Pass A grade. You will then receive your final certificate from Cambridge English Language Assessment.

We'll also give you a report at the end of the course (whether you achieve the CELTA award or not).

Where you will study

Your department and faculty

Our Language Centre is here to support your academic success.

We offer a wide range of English courses, including academic and general English, summer programmes and bespoke courses, as well as in-sessional English language support. There's also the chance to learn an additional language with our Anglia Language Programme – open to all ARU students and staff.

You'll find a friendly, supportive teaching environment here with highly experienced and qualified teaching staff who are dedicated to helping you pursue your ambitions.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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How to apply

To apply please complete the application form and return this to language@aru.ac.uk. If your application is accepted, you will be invited to complete an interview which all applicants must attend. Those not based locally will be offered an online video interview. Acceptance onto the course depends upon successful completion of the interview.

The interview process

The interview is an important part of the application process of the CELTA programme. It provides a good opportunity to meet us and find out more about the programme, as well as ask any questions you may have. It also allows us to assess your suitability for this demanding programme.

You will have a face-to-face interview with a CELTA tutor, designed to find out your motivations for doing the course and your understanding of what language teaching might entail, to confirm your suitability for the course. You will also be required to complete a short pre-interview task.

Entry requirements

The CELTA course is a very intensive and demanding programme and we strongly recommend you have no other major commitments when attending.

To apply you must have:

  • An excellent level of written and spoken English to enable you to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels. This will be tested at application and interview stage
  • For applicants with English as a second/ foreign language a minimum English level of C1 (CEFR) Advanced
  • You should be aged 18 or over and educated to degree level. We consider applicants who have qualifications that would allow them to enter higher education or who have extensive teaching experience on a case by case basis
  • If you are applying as an international student you may need to apply for a Short Term Study Visa. Please note this course is not suitable for a Tier 4 student visa
  • Course fees must be paid in full before the start of the course – pay online
Please note

A degree is not an entry requirement for CELTA, but please be aware that without a degree it will be more difficult to find employment teaching English as a Foreign Language in the UK or abroad.

The CELTA is designed for people with little or no English language teaching experience (but those with experience can be considered).

If you require any further information please contact us at language@aru.ac.uk

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