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


Our part-time  September course which starts on Wednesday 11th September 2019 is now fully subscribed.

Our next CELTA course will  start on Wednesday 15th January 2020 and run part-time on Wednesdays and Fridays from 09:00 to17:00 until Friday 20th March 2020.

Places are limited to twelve .

 Apply early to avoid disappointment.


CELTA is an introductory course for people with little or no teaching experience of English language teaching. Candidates with some experience but little or no formal ELT training are also considered.

CELTA courses are of an extremely practical nature. They are approximately 120 hours duration and comprise methodology, language analysis, lesson planning, practice teaching and feedback, the observation of practising teachers and writing.


Entry & Course Requirements


Candidates must 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.

Candidates should have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English that will enable them to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels. They should also 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.

 Candidates whose first language is not English  

All applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements set by Cambridge English.  They must be a proficient English language user (between CEFR Level minimum C1 and C2 or above).  Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to show documentary proof of their current level, usually by way of a Certificate from an English language competency test, for example, Cambridge suite of examinations or IELTS.  Note:  An IELTS Certificate that is more than two years old will not be accepted

Candidates must have competent computer skills.

Course Requirements

CELTA candidates are expected to attend the whole course. Furthermore, as part of the general course requirements, they are required to:

  • do 6 hours of practice teaching*
  • observe 6 hours of experienced teachers teaching classes
  • maintain a portfolio of all their work including written assignments, lesson plans and teaching materials
  • submit the required written assignments

Candidates will also need to spend a minimum of 80 hours reading, researching, assignment writing and lesson preparation, outside the course.

*Teaching practice is conducted with groups of overseas learners at above and below intermediate level of ability in English.

In Ireland, you cannot teach in an ACELS recognized school without a primary degree. ACELS is the Advisory Council for English Language Schools and they can be contacted at website: www.acels.ie and email: info@acels.ie

For Cambridge, the examining body for CELTA, it is possible to teach in the UK without a primary degree and in some other countries too although this is becoming increasingly rare. As a CELTA centre, we can accept people on a CELTA course if we feel they have strengths which compensate for the lack of a primary degree.

However, if your qualification is professionally orientated rather than a degree or in some grey area in relation to a primary degree you would need to consult with ACELS to check whether this would, with CELTA, allow you to teach in an ACELS-recognised school.


Assessment is carried out on a continuous basis for both the practical and written work. CELTA courses are internally assessed and externally moderated by an approved external assessor.

Candidates are assessed on their 6 hours of teaching practice, 4 written assignments (minimum 3000 words) and their professional development. The assessment of professional development is included as an integral part of the written assignments and teaching practice. 

By the end of the course, candidates should demonstrate that they: 

  • can prepare, plan and teach lessons designed for adult learners of English
  • can apply ELT theory to practice in classroom teaching
  • are familiar with key ELT concepts and terminology
  • are sensitive to relevant aspects of professional development
  • are able to use written and spoken language in the classroom which is clear and coherent and essentially free of mistakes in spelling, punctuation and grammar.


Candidates are awarded the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) if they satisfactorily fulfil all the requirements of the course and the assessment criteria. Certificates are awarded at Pass, Pass B and Pass A.

Candidates who fail to meet criteria in any or all assessed components or who do not satisfactorily fulfil all the course requirements will be awarded a Fail.


Interviews will take place, by pre-arrangement with a CELTA Tutor.  The interview process lasts approximately two hours during which candidates will be tested on their language awareness and will be interviewed by a Course Tutor.

Please note that places are limited and being called for an interview is not a guarantee of acceptance to the course.

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

Course Fees


  • Course fee for CELTA  is €1795.00
  • If called for interview, a fee of €50 is payable by credit / debit card


  • A deposit of €500, which is non-refundable is payable on the day of interview (after acceptance on the course).  Those that are called for interview need, therefore, to bring this deposit with them on the day of interview.  Failure to show means of paying the deposit before the interview may mean that the interview may not take place as scheduled.  
  • The final payment of €1245.00 is payable within four weeks of being offered a place on the course and in any event not later than four weeks before commencement of the course. Two passport photos must be submitted with the final payment so that a student ID card can be produced before commencement of the course.

If fees are not paid in full within four weeks of being offered a place on the course, the candidate’s place on the course may be forfeited and offered to the next person on the waiting list. You can pay your fees by credit / debit card.  Please post, hand or email your application to the Language Centre, G.36, O’Rahilly Building (main campus), University College Cork, Cork, Ireland or by email info@langcent.ucc.ie.

Fees are non-refundable except in exceptional circumstances e.g. on production of a Medical Certificate.  If after the course commences, a trainee has to withdraw for any reason e.g. due to illness or a family bereavement, it may be possible, on production of the necessary paperwork, to either transfer their place to a future course (this may be subject to payment of an additional fee) or issue a partial refund (fees less deposit, portion of course taken, administration fee and any external fees paid).  This will be decided on a case by case basis.

How to Apply

How to apply for a CELTA Teacher Training Course? 

To apply

  • Applications should be forwarded to the Language Centre Office or by email to Info@langcent.ucc.ie.

  • All applicants will need to forward copies of their qualifications with their application.

    Postal Address: Language Centre,

                  Room G.36,

                  O’Rahilly Building,

                  University College Cork,

                  Cork,    PLEASE MARK “CELTA” ON THE ENVELOPE


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

Please note that submitting an Application Form does not guarantee an interview

(conducted by telephone in the case of applicants from outside the Republic of Ireland).

Course will run only if minimum numbers are met to form a class.  If the course does not run a full refund will issue.

Selection is at the discretion of the Course Director.


Course Dates for 2019-2020


Course 2020 DatesNo. of WeeksFormat


  • Jan- Mar Course
Wednesday 15 January - Friday 20 March 2020   

Wednesdays & Fridays



  • April- May Course

Tuesday 24 March - Thursday 9 April  2020


21 April to 14 May 2020


Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays



  • May-June

Thu 28 May to Wed 24 June 

4 weeks

Monday to Friday



  • June- July
Wed 24 June to  Friday 31 July   6 weeks

Wk 1: Wed (24 June), Thurs, Fri

Wk 2: Wed (1 July), Thurs, Fri

Wk 3: Wed (8 July), Thurs, Fri

Wk 4: Wed (15 July), Thurs, Fri

Wk 5, Tues (21 July), Wed, Thurs, Fri

Wk 6: Tues (28 July), Wed, Thurs, Fri (31 July)


Course  2019 Dates  No. of Weeks 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


Wed 11  September -Fri 15 November 2019


10 weeks

Wednesdays & Fridays

9:00 - 17:00


Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

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

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