Cambridge CELTA 4-week TEFL Course

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The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course is intended for those with no previous experience who wish to enter the TEFL profession and for teachers with some experience but no previous training in the field.


CELTA Course dates 2019


January 21 – February 15 July 29 – August 23
March 11 – April 5 September 2 – September 27
April 29 – May 24 October 7 – November 1
June 3 – June 28 November 11 – December 6
July 1 – July 26  

CELTA Course dates 2020


13 January – 7 February 15 June – 10 July 9 November – 4 December
10 February – 6 March 20 July – 14 August
9 March – 3 April 17 August – 11 September
20 April – 15 May 14 September – 9 October
18 May – 12 June 12 October – 6 November

Important information

TUITION: 120 + hours per course including 6 + hours observed teaching practice
TIMETABLE: 09.00 – 18.00 Monday to Friday
DURATION: 4 weeks
AGE: 18 years +
MAXIMUM STUDENTS PER CLASS: 12/18 trainees per course and a maximum of 6 trainees per CELTA tutor

For anyone intending to enter the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) profession, the CELTA is the ideal qualification to have. It is the most widely respected and recognised teacher training qualification globally, and most reputable language schools worldwide make it (or an equivalent) a requirement for anyone they employ. Check out the Prezi here!

Another advantage of doing your CELTA with us is that we can interview you for available positions anywhere within the IH network.

Fee includes the University of Cambridge registration fee. You are not required to buy any books in order to do the course, and IH Belfast has an extensive library available to all CELTA trainees. We do, however, recommend purchasing one book on Teaching English as a Foreign Language – either Learning Teaching by Jim Scrivener or How to Teach English by Jeremy Harmer. One of these will be a very useful reference for the course and throughout your TEFL career.

If you would like to brush up on your language awareness and knowledge of grammar, we recommend Martin Parrott’s book Grammar for English Language Teachers; this is also an excellent reference book which will be of use throughout your teaching career. (We do not require trainees to have an in-depth knowledge of English grammar. Language awareness is acquired over time and over the course of your teaching career.) You can do further research on the Cambridge website regarding the criteria and assessment for the course.

The Cambridge CELTA is the most widely recognised and respected of the TEFL certificates available, with stringent criteria and guidelines set out by Cambridge ESOL (a department of Cambridge University). More detailed information on the course can also be found on the Cambridge ESOL website: For an idea of what jobs are available globally in the EFL industry and what is required for employment, look at the job listings at


2019/20 total course fee:  £1295*

Price includes:

Cambridge fee: £150

Registration fee: £50

Materials: £50

*Includes VAT .

Public Holidays 2019  Public Holidays 2020
March 18

April 19

April 22

May 6

May 27

July 12

August 26

The school will close on December 20 2019 and will reopen on January 6 2020.

Please note: Classes missed due to public holidays are non-recoupable.
Public holidays during a CELTA course are used as trainee study days.

March 17

April 10

April 13

May 4

May 25

July 13

August 31

The school will close on December 18 2020 and will reopen on January 4 2021.

Please note: Classes missed due to public holidays are non-recoupable.
Public holidays during a CELTA course are used as trainee study days.