CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

What is CELTA?

The Cambridge CELTA qualification is the industry standard for those teaching English as a foreign language to adults. It’s the qualification most often requested by employers. In fact, three out of four English language teaching jobs require a CELTA qualification. The CELTA course is ideal for those who love travel, learning about new cultures and who want to embrace the challenge of teaching. The CELTA at Live Language is a course and can open doors, which short, weekend TEFL courses cannot. Even if you do not want to teach abroad at this current time, there are also opportunities to work in the U.K after completing the CELTA, both face-to-face and online.

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we have taken the decision to run our CELTA courses fully online until the end June 2021. Please note that this does not make any difference to the CELTA certificate you will receive on successful completion of the course. All input sessions and Teaching Practice will take place over Zoom. We have already run a successful 100% online course which received great feedback from our trainees. If you have any questions at all about the course, please contact Heather, our Head of Teacher Training, at heather.whytock@live-language.com or book a meeting with her using the calendar at the bottom of this page.


Our courses are very popular, so it's never too early to get your applications in.

DatesFinal application dateGroup Interview Date
Monday 11th January – Friday 12th February Friday 18th December Friday 11th December
Monday 1st March – Friday 1st April Monday 1st February Friday 29th January
Monday 19th April – Friday 21st MayMonday 22nd MarchFriday 19th March
Monday 7th June – Friday 9th July Monday 10th MayFriday 7th May
Monday 16th August – Friday 17th September Monday 19th JulyFriday 16th July
Monday 4th October – Friday 5th NovemberMonday 6th SeptemberFriday 3rd December

Important documents:

Application process:

  1. Download and complete the Application Form.
  2. Return the application pack, including supporting documentation to heather.whytock@live-language.com
  3. We will review your application and invite you to a group interview. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, all interviews are being carried out over Zoom at present. At the interview, you will review the pre-interview task and find out more about what the course entails.
  4. We will send out offers of places to successful candidates no longer than 7 days after the group interview.
  5. If you are successful, a non-refundable deposit of £300 is required to secure your place on the course.
  6. Payment of the remainder of the fees is usually due 4 weeks before the start of the course.
If you cannot attend the group interview, we are happy to arrange a one-to-one interview on Zoom instead.

Course Price for 2021:


* Please note that you may be eligible for £200 of ITA funding to help you with the course fees. Please click here for more information.

You could receive up to £200 towards a single course or training episode per year. ITA funding could be right for you if you're:

  • Aged 16 or over
  • Not in education or involved in any other SDS funded programme
  • Unemployed and looking to get back into work
  • Employed, earning less than £22,000 per year and looking to progress in or change your job
  • Resident in Scotland

Preparing for the CELTA

In order to prepare effectively for the CELTA course, we highly recommend that you check out the fantastic ELT Training site, run by Jo Gakonga. Jo is a CELTA Tutor and Assessor with over 20 years experience and regularly updates her website with useful resources to help you to build your confidence and develop your skills before the course begins.

Other Training Opportunities

As well as our CELTA courses, we also offer other online teacher training sessions. These 1-hour sessions, delivered over Zoom are designed both for newly qualified teachers and for more experienced teachers. These practical sessions will help you to improve your teaching skills and focus on a wide range of areas, including Teaching IELTS, Teaching online and Teaching Young Learners. Please follow this link for more information.