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Certificate in English Language Teaching To Adults - CELTA (Blended)


Teaching English to speakers of other languages can be a highly rewarding career, offering you the chance to live and work abroad or here in the UK. You will need an internationally recognised teaching qualification, and CELTA - the most widely recognised and best regarded around the world - gives you the skills you need and will make it easier to get a teaching job anywhere.

West London College is able to award a limited number of free funded places on CELTA courses throughout 2023-24 - this could save you over £1000 in tuition fees. To find out more, please contact us on celta@wlc.ac.uk

What is CELTA?

CELTA is a Level 5 qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience and opens up a whole world of exciting teaching opportunities. Because it is awarded by Cambridge ESOL, you can rely on its quality and recognition in this country and abroad.

Who is CELTA for?

CELTA is suitable for a wide range of people. It is especially ideal for those who want to:

  • Start a career in English language teaching
    You may use CELTA as an entry into a good teaching position both here and in another country; you may also be a graduate wanting a qualification which provides a sound basis in the fundamentals of language teaching practice

  • Have a career change
    CELTA gives you the training you need to help you adjust to a dynamic and challenging new profession. Many seek the exciting opportunities of living and working outside their own countries

  • Gain a qualification as they are already teaching English
    CELTA can also be a useful qualification for teachers who have little previous formal training. CELTA sharpens your teaching practice, confirms your ability

  • Work in Further, Adult and Community Education in England and Wales
    CELTA is also the first phase of the level 5 Diploma in Teaching English (ESOL) in the Lifelong Learning Sector. This qualification is required by teachers who wish to work in this sector in England and Wales

You must:

  • be at least 18 (it is generally recommended that candidates should be aged 20 or over, but candidates aged between 18 and 20 can be accepted at the centre's discretion)

  • have an awareness of language and a 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 C1+ on the CEFR)

  • have suitable computer equipment, a stable broadband connection with ample bandwidth/data allowance and a level of digital literacy which will enable them to easily understand the technical requirements of their course if it contains an online element

  • have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers and to successfully complete the written assignments and the assessment of teaching practice. Candiates should normally have, as a minimum entry requirement, a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into Higher Education. University matriculation standard (2 A levels and 3 GCSEs) or equivalent and have a command of English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course and complete the assignments. If formal qualifications are not available, centres may, at their discretion, accept applicants who are considered to be at this level if screening indicates that they would be likely to complete the course successfully.

Entry Interview Selection

Candidates are selected for interview on the basis of the standard of their application and their pre-interview task. This means not all applicants will be called for interview. We cannot accept candidates with poor grammar or spelling.


Assessment is continuous during the course, and all aspects of a trainee's work are taken into account. The certificate is an initial vocational qualification and trainees are required to show a professional attitude towards all aspects of the work involved. Course assessment is moderated by an external assessor appointed by the Cambridge Examinations Syndicate.


Most successful candidates secure teaching positions overseas, or in the UK.
You can also apply to follow the Diploma course in ELT (DELTA) after acquiring at least 2 years full time ELT teaching experience.


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