Cambridge CELTA

Study your CELTA course with Oxford TEFL and gain an internationally recognized qualification

  • Course for native and non-native English-speakers
  • Training for teaching adults and young learners
  • Minimum 6 hours observed teaching practice with adult students
  • Dynamic workshops and input sessions
  • Lifelong careers support – before, during and after the course
  • Visa support to help you start living and working in a new country
  • A prestigious, internationally recognized qualification
  • A positive, dynamic and supportive learning environment
  • World-class, experienced tutors
  • Small groups and friendly atmosphere

The Cambridge CELTA (along with the Trinity CertTESOL) are the only two TEFL qualifications that are listed by the British Council as an acceptable introductory teaching qualification that meets their standards and requirements. This means that institutions associated with the British Council prefer to employ those with the Cambridge CELTA or the Trinity CertTESOL. This leads to greater job opportunities around the world.

Our CELTA course is for people who want an internationally-recognized qualification and an up-to-date and practical course of teacher training. The course runs all year round and prices start from just €1200. Choose from BarcelonaPrague or 100% online.

4-week intensive 100% Online CELTA course

online, 120 hours

Study online via the Cambridge online learning platform and get all the training you need online via Zoom from our expert tutors. Read more

14-week part-time 100% Online CELTA course

online, 120 hours

Study online over 13 weeks and receive all the training you need from our expert tutors online via the Cambridge online learning platform. Read more

4-week Intensive CELTA course


Study in-centre with our intensive, 120-hour course. Attend input sessions and complete your teaching practice face to face with our team of tutors.

What can I expect?

Teaching Methodologies

You will learn a variety of teaching methodologies to use with your students during the course and after you graduate. We provide workshops, tutorials and video content as well as reading materials to help you understand and use these techniques.

Teaching Practice

The practical nature of the course is emphasized from the very beginning. You will be in small groups (3 or 4 trainees with one tutor) and you will begin teaching real adult students in the first week. After each class you teach, there will be a feedback session with your tutor and fellow trainees followed by lesson planning help for your next lessons. For our trainees, this is usually the most fun part of the course!

Grammar and Language Awareness

We believe in learning through involvement and in your grammar and language awareness sessions you will mostly experience a workshop approach, where your tutor acts as a “facilitator/animator” rather than as a lecturer.

Observations of Experienced teachers

You will also observe some of our tutors so that you can see first-hand how experienced teachers plan and deliver classes, providing further insights into lesson planning, staging and management.

Class Materials and Technologies

All of our classrooms are equipped with modern technology and we encourage the use of YouTube, interactive online teaching platforms (Kahoot, Quizlet etc) and social media alongside the use of books and other more traditional activities. The school has a wide variety of resources available to you to use to help create engaging classes for your students.

Preparation for finding work

Our careers advisor will provide a session on finding work after your course and you will be given expert advice on preparing your CV which highlights your background, education, experience and skills. You will be able to meet our careers advisor as many times as you like during and after the course. See our careers service page for more information.

CELTA certificate

The CELTA certificate is awarded to candidates who satisfy all assessment criteria and complete all course requirements. These include:

  • Completion of all teaching practice and observations of experienced teachers
  • Completion of all four assignments (three or more assessed as ‘Pass’)
  • The grades of the certificate are Pass, Pass B (above standard teaching) or Pass A (exceptional language awareness, teaching and professionalism).
  • Candidates who successfully complete the course receive a CELTA certificate from Cambridge Assessment English.

Frequently asked questions

You will be assessed throughout the course and there is no final examination. The CELTA course also takes into consideration various aspects of professionalism and professional development.

These include:

  • Responsible and professional attitude to learning
  • Responsible and professional attitude to planning and teaching of your lessons
  • Punctuality and organisation
  • Willingness to respond to feedback and adjust your own teaching appropriately
  • Overall progress and professionalism in the field

The two types of assessment are:

1. Teaching practice

You will teach for a total of 6 hours, working with adult classes at a minimum of two levels of ability. Assessment is based on your overall performance.

2. Written assignments

You will complete four written assignments (each 750–1,000 words). These focus on:

  • analysing and responding to adult learner needs
  • analysing language for teaching purposes
  • teaching language skills
  • reflecting on classroom teaching.

To get the CELTA certificate, you must meet the criteria for both the teaching practice and written assignments. You can pass with three different grades: Pass ‘A’, Pass ‘B’ and Pass.

It is not necessary to have a degree, to be a native speaker of English, to be able to speak a foreign language, or to have any previous teaching experience. To be considered for this course, you will need to:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Demonstrate your ability to cope with the academic demands of the course eg. a university degree (in progress or finished) or work experience.
  • Have good enough health to deal with the demands of an intensive course of training, travel and working abroad.

Because the CELTA course involves teaching learners with a B2/C1 level of English, we can only accept applicants with a C1.2 level of English or higher.

The following qualifications are accepted as proof of language ability (if they are less than two years old):

  • Cambridge C1 Advanced: Grade A or B
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency: Grade A, B or C
  • Cambridge IELTS: Overall band score 7.5 and no less than 7.0 in any skill
  • TOEFL iBT: Overall score 105 and no less than 25 in any skill

If you do not possess one of the above qualifications, then your English language will be assessed throughout the application process.

First of all, complete the application form below.

We will get in touch within one working day to arrange a telephone/ Skype/ face to face interview and if accepted, you will receive a full place offer and information about how to secure your place on the course via email.

We offer a 16-week Online (Blended) CELTA course.

As a participant of this course, you will complete online work with the support from a tutor and attend our school in Barcelona on 12 Saturdays (over 16 weeks). There will be breaks during the course so that you can complete your assignments.

More information about our Online (Blended) CELTA