C E L T A  (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)

CELTA is an initial teacher training qualification for teaching English as a second or foreign language. It is provided by Cambridge English Language Assessment through authorised Cambridge English Teaching Qualification centres and can be taken either full-time or part-time .(see course timetable below)

CELTA gives you the essential skills, knowledge and hands-on teaching practice you need to teach English to adults. CELTA is ideal if you’re new to teaching, or have teaching experience but want a recognised qualification.

It is:

  • requested globally by reputable employers
  • a highly respected qualification from Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge

The CELTA course is extremely practical and consists of approximately 120 hours tuition to  include methodology, language analysis, lesson planning, classroom management, teaching practice with feedback and the observation of experienced teachers. 


 Entry Requirements      ‌

 Applicants are required to have a primary degree or equivalent and be at least 20 years old. Selection for all courses is by written application and interview. . Acceptance on to a course is not automatic and the selection process is quite rigorous. Places are limited to twelve.

 English   language requirements

Applicants  whose first language is not English must have a level of English equivalent to the   CEFR C1 (Cambridge CAE or IELTS minimum 7 in each individual score). These applicants  will be required to show documentary proof of their level. IELTS certificates must be dated no more than two years prior to date of application.. 

 Interview Process

The interview process comprises a one hour pre-interview task followed by an interview with one of the course tutors. It is strongly recommended that applicants prepare for the pre-interview task which |includes, identifying errors and giving advice, correcting errors and explaining the problem, identifying syllable stress in words, recognising language functions and their exponents and writing approximately two hundred words on classroom-related scenarios. You are expected to have researched the structure and demands of the CELTA course also.

 To assist you in preparation we suggest this free online course which is regularly available from CAMBRIDGE through  www.futurelearn.com/courses/explore-elt


 English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy is a recommended  preparatory text book.

This website www.englishpage.com can help you to prepare also.


Course Requirements

If accepted on to the course trainees are required to :

 o   do 6 hours of practice teaching with groups of overseas learners at above and below intermediate level of ability in English.

o    observe 6 hours of experienced teachers teaching classes

o  maintain a portfolio of all their work including written assignments, lesson plans and teaching materials

o  submit the required written assignments and pass 3 out of 4 in order to pass the course

Trainees will also need to spend a minimum of 80 hours reading, researching, assignment writing and lesson preparation, outside the course. Please note that this is a considerable demand on your time and energy.


You will find this blog which consists of interviews with past CELTA trainees of interest as they describe well the level of commitment involved. Please take time to read them. https://ucclangcent.wordpress.com/category/celta-interviews


How to apply for a CELTA Teacher Training Course? 

To apply

  • Email this form to info@langcent.ucc.ie or post to the Language Centre Office, Room G36, O'Rahilly Building, UCC, Cork. 
  • A non-refundable registration fee of €50 is payable with all applications. 
  • All fees are payable by credit / debit card or bank draft or postal order

This application will be reviewed by one of our Teacher Trainers.  If your application is accepted, you will be called to sit a one hour exam at the Language Centre, followed by an interview.  On acceptance onto the course, students must pay an initial deposit of €500 paid by credit / debit card or bank transfer and the balance is payable before you begin the course.



For more specific information you can email us at info@langcent.ucc.ie or call us on +353(21) 490 2043

  • Course Fee for CELTA : €1745
  • Registration Fee:  €50
  • Accepted method of payment; credit or debit card or bank transfer


We are no longer accepting applications for our January to March CELTA course 2019.

We are have commenced interviewing for our Semi-Intensive April to May course and are  accepting applications  for our Intensive June and July courses. Places on each course  are limited to twelve trainees.

Apply early to avoid disappointment.




Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


Course Number 2019 Dates  Duration Format



January - March Course


Wed 16 January - Fri 22 March 2019

(Fully booked)

 10 weeks

Wednesdays and Fridays 

9:00 - 17:00


April to May Course


Tue 9 April - Thu 18 April (2 weeks) &

Tue 30 April - Thu 30 May (5 weeks) 2019

(Easter break: 19 - 26 April)

 7 weeks

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

9:00 - 17:00


May/June Course


Thu 30 May - Wed 26 June 2019


4 weeks


Monday to Friday

9:00- 17:00


June/July Course


Wed 26 June - Tue 23 July 2019


4 weeks

Monday to Friday

9:00 - 17:00


Sept - November Course


Thurs 12 September - Tues 19 November

(provisonal dates )


10 weeks

Tuesdays and Thursdays

9:00 - 17:00






Language Centre

Lárionad na dTeangacha

G 36, O'Rahilly Building,University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

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