CELTA is one of the most widely recognised initial qualifications for anyone interested in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) anywhere in the world.

The CELTA certificate is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge. It is recognised by thousands of employers and teaching organisations worldwide. With millions of people all over the world wanting to learn English, job opportunities are plentiful and diverse, from teaching young learners at summer schools in Spain to business executives in Japan. 

The University of Worcester Language Centre offers an intensive 4-week CELTA course that can provide you with the skills, knowledge and hands-on practice to follow a rewarding career in TEFL, either in the UK or abroad.

Applicants for the CELTA course must:

Three students are looking over a CELTA course text book
  • Be aged 18+
  • Have an awareness of language and 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 or high C1 - grade A or B, on the CEFR.

Dates & fees

Dates: Next course will be in May/June 2021 - exact dates tbc.

Fees 2021:

  • University of Worcester students: £1,300 - includes £156 Cambridge Assessment exam fee
  • All other students: £1,500 - includes £156 Cambridge Assessment exam fee

How to apply

If you are interested in applying to the University of Worcester 4 week CELTA course, please download and complete the application form and email it to celta@worc.ac.uk. We will then contact you as soon as possible. 

"All of the tutors are incredibly helpful, supportive and approachable. The ability to teach frequently and observe and reflect upon the teaching of your colleagues and tutors greatly improved my own teaching skills."

- Amy

CELTA Course Content

The CELTA focuses on:

  • Understanding the teaching and learning context
  • Language awareness and analysis
  • Planning and choosing resources for different teaching contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism, including through teaching practice

Group sizes are limited to 12 and sessions will normally take place from Monday to Friday from 9am-5:30pm, with breaks. You need to allow for independent study at weekends and in the evenings.

Assessment

You will be assessed throughout the course and there is no final examination. Your teaching practice, written assignments and portfolio will be assessed internally by the University of Worcester CELTA trainers and moderated externally by a Cambridge English Language Assessment approved assessor.

To get the CELTA certificate, you must pass both the teaching practice assignments and the written assignments. There are three passing grades: Pass 'A', Pass 'B' and Pass.

For more information about the course content and assessment see Cambridge English Assessment.

Employability and Progression

Career opportunities

Whether you are looking for a new career opportunity or want a short break in your existing career, a CELTA certificate opens up exciting possibilities of living and working all over the world.

Type in CELTA in the 'Qualifications' box on TEFL.com and check where a CELTA might take you.

Progression

After two years' of full-time teaching you can study for a DELTA qualification, enabling you to progress to more specialist and/or managerial roles.

In addition, CELTA is also the first phase of the Diploma in Teaching English (Literacy and ESOL) in the Lifelong Learning sector. This qualification is required by teachers who wish to work in this sector in England and Wales.

"The quality of the teaching has been extremely high. It has always been consistent, well planned and of value (…) The tutors are of the highest level with practical experience. The quality of the lessons is unlikely to be bettered elsewhere."

- Keith

CELTA Graduate - Helen Crane talks about her experiences.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between CELTA, TEFL, TESOL and EFL?

TEFL/TESOL is an umbrella term that refers to ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language ‘or ‘Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages ‘ and is not a qualification but a description of the subject matter. Some organisations may offer ‘TEFL’ or ‘EFL’ qualifications but you should be careful that the qualification is accredited by a reputable external body (CELTA is accredited by the University of Cambridge ESOL). Make sure you choose a programme which includes actual teaching practice with real students – on the Cambridge CELTA you get a minimum of 6 hours’ classroom teaching observed and assessed by highly qualified trainers.

Who is CELTA for?

CELTA is suitable for those with little or no teaching experience. It is suitable for anyone who wishes to teach English as a foreign language to adults or work in ELT within the UK or overseas. A typical CELTA course will have candidates of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds. Most candidates see CELTA as the starting point of a long-term career in English language teaching. For students working on their gap year, CELTA is a passport to teaching overseas and an ideal way to travel the world whilst developing new skills.

How long is the CELTA course?

At the University of Worcester you can do CELTA as a full-time intensive course lasting 4 weeks or as an undergraduate module taken over 24 weeks (two semesters). Course content and assessments are the same for both options.

What is the timetable?

The full-time course runs from 09:00 to 17:30, Monday to Friday - please see the fees and dates above for more details. The timetable for the undergraduate CELTA module varies and is made available towards the end of the previous academic year. 

Is the CELTA very intensive?

The full-time CELTA is an intensive but very rewarding course of study. You should be prepared to devote five days a week (including evenings) to the course, and to spend time at the weekend on course-related work. It is advisable that you have no other commitments or distractions while studying on the full-time CELTA.

What does the CELTA course cover?

The University of Worcester CELTA course is designed for people with little or no previous teaching experience. The aim of the course is to introduce you to the principles of effective language teaching and a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners.

The course includes assessed teaching practice, observation of experienced teachers in the classroom and the completion of written assignments which focus on language learners, skills, language awareness and teaching. You will receive training and support from fully qualified and experienced ELT professionals. You will also have access to library resources including professional books, publications, multimedia titles and Internet access.

Assessment on the course is continuous and integrated, taking into account teaching skills, the written assignments and professionalism, with each assessed component contributing to the overall grade. Trainees are given feedback by the tutors on their teaching and have at least two tutorials during the course at which they discuss their progress. All tutors working on the course discuss each trainee's progress before deciding on the final grade.

How many trainees are there on the course?

Courses run with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 participants.

Are there any age limits?

You need to be 18 or over to start the course. We welcome applicants of any age and background. There is no upper age limit.

Can non-native speakers of English complete your CELTA programs?

Yes, they can. They would need a CEFR C2, high C1 (A or B) level qualification plus good writing skills for the assignments. All candidates, regardless of nationality, are required to undertake an assessed interview task.

What level of English grammar is expected prior to the course?

As a teacher of English, it is essential that you are able to provide correct models for the students. We do not expect you to know all the terminology at the start of your teaching career, but you are expected to have a strong command of the language, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Do I need to have teaching experience before I start the course?

No previous teaching experience is required as this is an initial qualification for those who want to go into teaching. 

Do I need to have a degree to do the course?

No. It is recommended that you have educational qualifications that would allow entry to Higher Education but your previous work experience will also be taken into consideration. Please note however that in some countries a degree is required in order to get a work permit. You are advised to consult individual embassies for accurate information and advice. 

Do I need to have knowledge of any languages other than English?

It is not a requirement that you have any other languages. Having experience of studying another language does help you understand the needs of language students a little better which is why we will give you a little taster of a foreign language lesson on the course. 

What is the application/interview procedure?

We ask all candidates to complete an application form, with a writing task. Once the application has been assessed we will contact candidates for an interview.

While we prefer face to face interviews we appreciate that this is not always possible, therefore we can conduct an online interview when required.

It is important that we accept candidates who we feel have a good chance of completing the course successfully, therefore we insist that all applicants are interviewed by one of our CELTA trainers. We will want to check that you understand what is involved on the course and that you have realistic expectations of the course outcomes. We also would need to check that your skills are adequate, so you will be asked questions to get an idea of how well you can explain the things you know about language and how you would interact with students. 

What are the deadlines for registration for the course?

The registration deadline is two weeks before the course begins. This should be adequate time for you to complete the pre-course grammar and phonology task, which will give you a head start on the course.

What is the pre-course activity?

The pre-course task is designed to get you up to speed on the terminology of English grammar and to help you to recognise the phonemic symbols which help your students to understand the complexities of English pronunciation. We will ask you to identify tenses, parts of speech (adverbs and adjectives, for example) and vocabulary meaning, as well as phonology.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying to the University of Worcester 4 week CELTA course, please download and complete the application form and email it to celta@worc.ac.uk. We will then contact you as soon as possible.