An internationally recognised initial qualification in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

What is CELTA:

CELTA is an internationally recognised initial qualification for the Teaching of English to Foreign Language (TEFL). It is awarded by the University of Cambridge English which is part of the world-famous University of Cambridge. Find out here why the CELTA is so well known for its quality and standing within the TEFL industry Cambridge English CELTA

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About English Language House

English Language House is a friendly, medium sized organisation which specialises in EFL tuition and training. We are a CELTA and DELTA teacher training centre and have run many successful courses in Milton Keynes. We are accredited by the British Council, inspected by ISI and members of English UK. We are also a Higher Tier sponsor for the Home Office and can sponsor visa students. We hold classes in our training rooms in Central Milton Keynes and also off site in companies and universities.

What is Celta:

CELTA is an internationally recognised initial qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience who wish to teach English to foreign students. It opens up a whole world of exciting teaching opportunities and because it is awarded by Cambridge English, part of the world-famous University of Cambridge, you can rely on its quality and standing within the EFL (English as a Foreign Language) industry.

Who awards the CELTA?

The qualification is administered by Cambridge English which is part of the University of Cambridge.

What is TEFL or TESOL?

‘TEFL’  stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and ‘TESOL’ stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. They are terms used to describe the industry you will be entering when you successfully complete your CELTA course and start working in TEFL/TESOL. 

What do you need to be accepted for the course?

Ideally you should:

  • have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education
  • be aged 20 or over
  • have a good standard of English which will enable you to teach at a range of levels ie accurate native speaker or if foreign national CPE grade A or equivalent

ELH may still accept you if you do not have formal qualifications at this level but you will need to demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully. ELH may, at our discretion, accept applicants aged between 18 and 20.

Celta Open days in 2015 

We are now offering a Celta Open day every three months to everyone interested in the course.

This will give candidates the opportunity to look around English Language House, meet the staff and Celta trainers and also speak to past Celta trainees about the course we run.

You can ask the tutors questions about the course and decide if the Celta is right for you and make a choice about which course would be best for you: ie part time, full time or online.

The Open day is completely free of charge but we request that you email us to book your place as spaces are limited.  Please make your choice from the list below.

Open days in 2015 will be held at English Language House on:

  • Friday 27th March from 3.30 - 5.30pm
  • Saturday 6th June 2015 from 10.00am to 12.00
  • Thursday 3rd September from 6.00pm to 8.00pm
  • Saturday 5th December from 10.00am to 12.00

How long does it take to complete a CELTA course? 

At English Language House the CELTA course can be:

  • Completed in 4 weeks as a full time course
  • Completed in 10 or 20 weeks as a part time course
  • Completed in 15 or 20 weeks as an online course

What’s the difference between the 3 courses?


The only difference is the way each course is delivered.

The full time Celta is a very intensive course where trainees need to attend sessions at English Language House 5 days per week for 4 weeks.

The part time Celta requires trainees to attend part time for 20 weeks.

The online Celta   is mostly delivered online but will require trainees to attend a total of 30 hrs of face to face hands on teaching at English Language House.

What is covered during the CELTA course?


Each CELTA course will:

  • teach you the principles of effective teaching
  • provide a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  • give you hands-on teaching practice.


There are five main units of learning:

  • Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Planning and resources for different contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism.



You will be assessed throughout the course. There is no final examination.

An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge English, moderates each course. The assessor usually visits English Language House towards the end of each CELTA course.

There are two components of assessment:

1. Teaching practice

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

2. Written assignments

You will 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.
In order to be awarded the certificate you must pass both components. There are three grades: Pass, Pass ‘B’ and Pass ‘A’.

Who recognises the CELTA qualification?:


CELTA is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English Language teachers. The Cambridge CELTA has been accredited by Ofqual (the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) at Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework for England. Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge, also works with international ELT organisations to ensure the acceptance of CELTA globally.

How much work will I need to do?

Each CELTA course will have a minimum of 120 contact hours which will include:

  • Input
  • Supervised lesson planning
  • Teaching practice (six assessed hours)
  • Feedback on teaching
  • Peer observation
  • Observation of experienced teachers (minimum six hours)
  • Consultation time


Candidates will need to dedicate a minimum of 80 hours for the required reading, research, pre- and post-session tasks, assignments and lesson preparation.

NB It is very useful if you can have access to e-mail and the internet for all courses and essential for the online Celta course.

How do I apply for the course?

Complete the application form and the pre interview task and return this to ELH with your £100 interview fee. Alternatively you can bring these with you on one of our Open days and submit your application and interview fee on the day.

If your application is successful we will call you in for a face to face interview at English Language House. If you cannot attend a face to face interview it may be possible to conduct a skype interview with you; however please let us know this when you submit your application.

What documents are included in the Celta information pack?

When you enquire about the course we will send you the following:

  • Celta application form
  • Celta pre-interview task
  • Information about Celta
  • Cambridge English Celta course online
  • Celta terms and conditions

If you do not receive any of the above please let us know.

How much will the course cost?

The Celta course fee is £1,350. It is inclusive of the Cambridge CELTA fee but excludes the £100 interview fee.

Are there any other expenses involved?

You will need to buy some books for reference although we have a well-stocked ELT library from which you may borrow.

You will need to pay a £20 refundable deposit to join the ELH library and borrow books.

CELTA Course Dates & Times:





Course type:


Days & Times at ELH:

Course code:

14/11/14 – 3/04/15

Part time

20 weeks

Tuesday & Thursday 6.00pm-9.00pm


19/01/15- 5/06/15

Part time

20 weeks

every Friday from 11.30am-7.00pm


19/01/15- 5/06/15


20 weeks

2 weeks in March every Mon to Frid 11.30am-7.00pm



Full time

4 weeks

Mon to Frid 11.30am-7.00pm



Full time

4 weeks

Mon to Frid 11.30am-7.00pm



Full time

4 weeks

Mon to Frid 11.30am-7.00pm




15 weeks

2 weeks in August every Mon to Frid 11.30-7.00pm



Full time

4 weeks

Monday to Friday 11.30am-7.00pm



Part time

20 weeks

every Friday from 11.30am-7.00pm




20 weeks

every Friday from 4.00pm – 7.00pm



Part time

10 weeks

Friday and Saturday 9.30am-5.00pm



Part time

20 weeks

Tuesday and Thursday 4.00pm – 7.00pm



Full time

4 weeks

Monday to Friday 11.30am-7.00pm



Full time

4 weeks

Monday to Friday 11.30am-7.00pm



Full time

4 weeks

Monday to Friday 11.30am-7.00pm



Part time

20 weeks

every Friday from 11.30am-7.00pm




20 weeks

2 weeks in January Monday to Frid 11.30-7.00pm



How to apply+

How do I apply for the CELTA at English Language House?

Email us and ask us to send you the CELTA information pack. Complete the application form and the pre interview task and return these to English Language House with your interview deposit. If your application is successful we will call you in for interview. The interviews will usually be held face to face at English Language House in Milton Keynes and you will have the opportunity to meet some of the CELTA tutors. Alternatively we may offer you the possibility of an interview on skype or on google+.

CELTA terms and conditions:

Please ensure you read the English Language House "CELTA terms and conditions" before you apply for the course. Submission of an application form denote your complete agreement with and acceptance of these terms and conditions.

We advise interested CELTA candidates to contact ELH as soon as possible, as places are limited and we do not accept more than 12 students on any course. Candidates will be selected after successful completion of a pre-interview task and will be called in for a formal interview. Successful candidates will receive an offer of a place within 48hrs of their interview.

1.0 Application and payment:

1.1 Candidates apply for entry to the course by sending:

- a completed application form

- a completed pre-interview task and

- an interview fee of £100

1.2 A candidate can only be called to interview if their interview fee payment has cleared.

1.3 This interview fee is refundable only if a candidate’s application is unsuccessful and they are not called in to interview, or ELH is unable to offer the candidate a place on one of their chosen start dates. The interview fee is not refundable if a candidate has been called to interview.

2.0 Interviews & Payment of outstanding balance:

2.1 Candidates are called to interview based on their application form and pre course task. Candidates who select 2 or more start dates will be called in to interview at the first available opportunity. However, candidates who are able to accept only 1 start date will be called to interview only if we are sure that there is a definite place available on the start date the candidate has requested. Please note that this may be one or two weeks prior to the start date of the course.

2.2 Post Interview candidates will receive an unconditional or a conditional “letter of offer”.

2.3 Candidates who are unsuccessful at interview for their chosen start date/s will receive a conditional offer with written feedback and guidance to improve their skills so they can join the course at an alternative date.

2.4 The outstanding balance is usually payable within 2 weeks of your interview date. The outstanding balance due date will be shown on your letter of offer.

2.5 In the event that your interview is held less than 2 weeks prior to the start date of your course, you will be asked to make full payment of the course fees prior to interview.

2.6 If we do not receive payment by the due date and we do not hear from you we will offer the place to another candidate and you will forfeit your interview fee.

3.0 Candidates contact details:

3.1 It is your responsibility to ensure that you have given us your correct contact details. If your contact details change you need to ensure that you provide us with updated information regarding these. We will use email and telephone to make contact with candidates prior to and during the course. English Language House will not be held responsible if we have tried to contact you with the contact details you provided and we have not been successful.

4.0 Start dates:

4.1 You are required to select 3 chosen start dates. Please make a note of these below for your reference.

4.2 ELH will endeavour to offer you one of the above dates in your order of preference. However, should it not be possible to run a course due to insufficient numbers your name will automatically be transferred to your second or third choice start date.

4.3 We will endeavour to interview all candidates soon after they apply. However if a candidate is only able to select 1 start date as oppose to 2 or 3, this candidate will only be interviewed if ELH are certain to be able to offer them a place on the single start date of their choice. In some instances this candidate’s interview may take place 1 week prior to the start of the course.

4.4 Candidates interviewed who have given only 1 start date and are unsuccessful at interview will be given written feedback and guidance to improve their skills so they can re-apply at a later date. Their £200 interview fee is non-refundable.

5.0 Refunds:

In the unlikely event that ELH is unable to run a CELTA course on any of the 3 start dates you have selected and you cannot attend any alternative start date/s we offer, we shall refund your fees in full.

Changing your mind about your start dates:

After interview, should your circumstances change and you are unable to attend on one of the start dates you have selected you will need to inform ELH as soon as possible and no later than 10 weeks before this start date.

In this instance you will be allowed to transfer to another course without penalties. However if you inform us in 9 weeks or less before the start date you will incur a transfer fee as follows:

8-9 weeks before the start date: £50 transfer fee

6-7 weeks before the start date: £100 transfer fee

4-5 weeks before the start date: £150 transfer fee

3 weeks or less before the start date – you are not allowed to transfer

Withdrawing from the course:

After interview if you withdraw from the course you will be entitled to a refund of your course fees as follows:

16 weeks or more before the start date, 100 % of the course fee will be refunded

11-15 weeks before the start date, 75% of the course fee will be refunded

6–10 weeks before the start date, 50% of the course fees will be refunded

5 weeks or less before the start date, 10% of the course fee will be refunded

You will not be entitled to a refund of the interview fee.

Confirmation of your course start date: :

You will be informed of your exact CELTA course dates as soon as possible, and no less than seven days before the start date of the course. The course will take place in Milton Keynes. The exact venue and course hours will be confirmed no later than 3 working days before the start date of the course.