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Become a teacher: CELTA

Trainee teachers that learn with us gain the practical skills, knowledge and qualification to get the best teaching jobs anywhere in the world.

Course type
Age of student
Language level
Advanced (C1) - Proficient (C2)
Entry requirements
Educated to degree-level or with relevant teaching experience
Lesson hours per week
Full-time Monday to Friday
Course dates
Starting 20 April, 1 June, 3 August, 5 October
Course Length
4 weeks
£1,600 plus assessment fee (exc. VAT, if applicable)
Bell Cambridge

Who is this course for?

People who want to start their career as an English language teacher and have the opportunity to teach anywhere in the world. You may be a new graduate, you may want to change your existing career or you may want to travel.

This course is also suitable for those with some teaching experience who do not yet hold the CELTA qualification.

With a CELTA qualification, teachers can:

  • Teach confidently anywhere in the world
  • Understand the learner
  • Understand and use a variety of teaching approaches
  • Successfully plan and resource lessons
  • Have a greater awareness of language
  • Begin a career as a English language teacher

Course description

The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is the most highly-regarded and widely-recognised initial qualification for English language teachers globally. The CELTA is accredited by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge.

CELTA is a four-week, assessed course which focuses on practical skills, introducing you to hands-on teaching experience straight away. 

This highly intensive, practical course includes:

  • Practical workshops and seminars: there are 120 contact hours in the course including workshops and seminars which focus on language awareness, phonology, language learning, teaching methodology and professional development.
  • Teaching practice and feedback: you will teach six hours of classes attended by volunteer adult learners of English. In a feedback session you will discuss the lessons taught and receive individual verbal and written feedback from tutors.
  • Observation: you will observe a minimum of six hours of classes of experienced teachers (this may include two hours of audio material).
  • Lesson preparation: lesson preparation is initially supervised by the course tutors, but you are encouraged to work more independently as the course progresses. By the end of the course you should have a basic toolkit which allows you to teach effectively in an EFL classroom.

Our teachers

Our teacher trainers are experts in their field and use a variety of effective educational methods and strategies throughout the course. This means trainee teachers benefit from an outstanding learning experience themselves before applying the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own classrooms.

Real teaching experience

CELTA is taught in our schools, so you will become immersed in a real teaching environment. Teaching practice takes place in our classrooms, with enthusiastic people from the local community that want to improve their English (Bell offers all lessons with trainee teachers free of charge to students).

Please note that the course is very intensive. Most participants tell us that they spend 2-3 additional hours at home each evening researching language, completing written assignments and preparing lessons. This course provides you with a basic toolkit for teaching English and covers a lot of ground; although we look at some language analysis, and tutors will support you, the assumption is that you will research grammar and language issues for lessons outside the sessions.

You should ensure that you do not have other time consuming commitments during the course and are in good physical and mental health before embarking on the CELTA. 

What is provided?

All teaching and learning resources for the course are provided, including stationery for teaching practice and books for your written assignments from the Learning Centre. You will also have access to photocopiers, computers, and printers, and will be given training in how to use interactive whiteboards. You will have access to a wide range of facilities at our schools, including a dedicated CELTA classroom.


Cambridge English Languaage Assessment

CELTA is an assessed course accredited by Cambridge English Language Assessment (CELA). In order to pass the course you will be assessed on the lessons you deliver and on four written assignments. You will be informed at each stage of the course of your progress; if you are not meeting specified criteria for any reason you will be given clear information about this and advice on how to adapt and improve. During the last part of the course an assessor from Cambridge English will visit the centre to ensure that the course and criteria have been standardised and run appropriately. Your final result is ratified by Cambridge English after the course has finished. 

How to apply

Step 1: To apply, download and complete the CELTA registration form.  As part of the application, you will be required to write a 300 word essay in your own handwriting on why you want to do this course and what you want to do afterwards, and download and complete an assessment.

Step 2: Return your application by email to:  If you are unable to scan your handwritten essay please send your application by post to the following address:

Red Cross Lane
United Kingdom

Step 3: If your application form and essay are both completed to the required standard, Bell will contact you to arrange an interview. For international candidates this can be a phone interview. Acceptance is conditional upon a satisfactory interview.

Step 4: If your application is successful you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £385. The balance of your fees must be paid six weeks before the course begins to guarantee your place. If you are accepted after that time, the full fees are due immediately. 

Please note: We are unable to hold places open for applicants who do not pay their full fees when they are due. All courses are subject to demand. Please visit for full terms and conditions.

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