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Cambridge CELTA Course

What does a CELTA Course Provide?

The Cambridge CELTA is a TEFL Course which offers you an internationally recognised qualification for teaching English as a foreign language. A CELTA qualification will provide you with the skills and confidence to stand in front of a class, teach and take advantage of many varied opportunities to live and work in the UK, USA and abroad.

View some FAQs for more information about our CELTA Courses.

CELTA Course Locations

St Giles offers the full-time CELTA as a four-week intensive course. CELTA courses are available in five of our centres:

There is also a 17-week, blended-learning CELTA Online course available at:

The CELTA Course Programme

Candidates should be at least 18 years old for the CELTA course (with a recommended age of 20 or above).

There are five units of study during your CELTA course, which includes the following units and components:

  • Unit 1- Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  • Unit 2- Language analysis and awareness
  • Unit 3- Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Unit 4- Planning and resources for different contexts
  • Unit 5- Developing teaching skills and professionalism

CELTA Assessment

There are two components of assessment which are as follows:

Component One – Teaching Practice

On both the intensive and online CELTA course, students will be expected to teach for a total of six hours, working with classes at two ability levels. Assessment is continuous and based on your overall performance at the end of the six hours.

Component Two - Written Assignments

You will be asked to complete four written assignments; one focusing on adult learning, one on the language system of English, one on language skills and one on classroom teaching.

The certificate is awarded to candidates who meet the course requirements and whose performance meets or exceeds the criteria for both assessment components. Your progress is carefully monitored by the tutors throughout the course and final grade outcomes are as follows: Pass, Pass ’B’, Pass’A’.

CELTA Entry Requirements

No previous teaching experience or knowledge is necessary but candidates should have a university degree or standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education.

Non-native speakers of English are welcome provided that they have a high level of English: at least C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) (preferably CEFR Level C2). Good language awareness is essential.

Applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

Following the initial application, all candidates will be sent a pre-interview task which will test awareness of the English language. You will also be asked some questions on the process of teaching and learning.  This task needs to be completed and sent back to the Teacher Training Administrator. Upon successful review, candidates will be invited to an interview - face-to-face, on Skype or by telephone. During the interview, a Teacher Trainer will assess your suitability for the course and will give you an additional short written task to complete.

Please note that for candidates who are out of the country, we will conduct phone/Skype interviews and the written task will be sent to you for completion prior to the scheduled call. 

Grammar Booster Course

The Grammar Booster Course is designed for students intending to take a Teacher Training course who feel they need to become more confident in grammar. This six-hour course will focus on a variety of grammatical and lexical terms, including the identification of parts of speech and familiarisation with verb tenses.

The intensive day course will take place four times in 2017, between 10am - 5pm and costs £65 per session.

For more information, please contact Kim Russell:

E: ttraining.london@stgiles.co.uk  |  T: 0208 340 0828

Course Objectives

Candidates who complete the CELTA course successfully can immediately begin working in a variety of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teaching roles around the world.

As a trained St Giles teacher you will have learnt your new skills with one of the EFL industry's most respected and leading organisations. Your career and travel opportunities are endless, and we're committed to helping you on your way.

More Information

If you require more information on our CELTA courses please contact the school or choose from the downloadable information provided below:

Teacher Training Brochure

Teacher Training Dates and Fees 2017

"I did my CELTA in August 2012. I really loved this place. The input sessions were very interesting, and full of useful material. Doing CELTA at St. Giles is a great opportunity for teachers' professional development!"
Anastasia, Russia

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